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7 Things You Need to Prepare Before Meeting with an Interior Designer

Achieve a fruitful discussion and set goals for your space

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A first meeting—whether it’s a quick chat over coffee with a friend you haven’t seen for years or a scheduled appointment with your new boss—can be awkward if you go unprepared. Trust us, having a few stories in the bag or a list of what you want to discuss can help you break the ice and get the conversation going. The same rule applies if you’re scheduled to meet with an interior designer for the first time. Since time is of the essence, it’s important that you have the essentials prepared—aside from the hundreds of photos you’ve saved as pegs.

“Before meeting a designer, the client must at least have an idea [on] what they want for their space [as well as] if there are any special needs that should be considered,” says interior designer Nikki Audine. Design professionals may also ask you to answer a quick survey to be able to get the information they need about your space. To help you ensure a successful consultation, we asked Nikki for a list of things a homeowner must prepare before heading to the meeting place at the agreed time:

1. Your home's existing floor plan

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