Building & Renovating

Working with an Interior Designer: 4 Helpful Tips

Ensure a successful project by having an open mind and an open communication with the design professional

Photography: Paolo Feliciano

A good relationship with your interior designer, or any design professional that you choose to work with, is an important key to your project's success.

Keep in mind that there are certain parameters towards which he or she should work. Creating the right atmosphere will surely make it easier for you to work together and meet halfway. Here are four important tips to keep in mind. 

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Establish an open communication

Working with your designer is a collaboration—a combination of your ideas.  By maintaining constant communication, you will start feeling more comfortable in sharing your ideas and telling him or her the things you want for your interiors. In return, you should also give your complete trust to your designer that he or she can achieve the look that you've always wanted for your space.

Avoid making decisions without consulting your designer

Don’t buy furniture on impulse. Make sure you discuss this with your designer first. He or she can give expert advice on where and what kind of piece to buy. It's best to wait for the design planning stage before buying pieces for the home.

Work visually

Brief your designer with terms and words that you would want for your space. Are you going for the modern or vintage look? Be ready with your pegs from magazines, websites, and other visual references so you can show it to your designer. Do your homework, research, and provide your designer with visual and tangible references. 

Click here for common terms that you need to take note of.

Set budget limitations

Everyone wants to get a certain look within a set budget. To stay within the budget, there are some who scrimp on quality materials thereby compromising the design. Your designer would be more than glad to discuss costs with you as well as how you can make the most of your money. He or she knows where to get cheap yet quality materials.

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