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6 Important Questions to Ask Your Interior Designer

Take note of these six important questions before you build your dream home


Hiring an interior designer will help you choose the right materials for your dream home. When meeting with the designer that you wish to work with, keep in mind these six essential questions that you may want to ask.

Photos used in this feature by Miguel Nacianceno.

Keep these questions in mind:

What is your design aesthetic? 

The designer should show floor plans, photos, fabric samples and anything that pertains to their completed projects. This can help you assess if your vision can match their style. 

RL Tip:  Consider asking about their previous clients and how they worked on a project so you can look into how they work.

Have you worked on a similar project before?

It’s essential to know if your interior designer is experienced at working with similar spaces and households which are similar to yours.  If you live in a condo, it would be advisable to work with an interior designer who excels in maximizing small spaces.

How much are your rates?

Interior designer Pam Akia Duma explains: “When you hire a professional, typically they will charge you a law-standardized fee for the design solutions to your problems. “ Ask for a clear overview of the designer’s rates. Find out whether you’re paying an hourly rate or a project fee, and remember to inquire about more affordable solutions if the total costs exceed your budget.

Is my vision in line with my budget?

If the total cost exceeds your budget, inquire about more affordable solutions. Your designer can give you suggestions about working with what you already have.

How long will the project take?

Before signing the contract, you need to have a project timeline. An excellent interior designer will work within your time frame, as well as inform you of if it is not possible.

Will you do the all the purchasing for me?

Your designer will suggest furniture and accessories that will work well with your home. However, it is your decision if you will let him/her do all the buying.

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