How to Know if You’re Ready for an Interior Designer

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Considering a home renovation or aching for a redesign? I firmly believe an interior designer should be your first call on a home project. BUT…before you reach out, ask yourself: “Am I really ready to hire a designer?”

Because, believe it or not, interior design shows don’t actually set up proper expectations for the design process, timelines, or how any of this really works. And partnering with a designer before you’re really ready can cause headaches on both sides.

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So, here are some key considerations before you reach out to a designer:

  • Do you know what you want? Your designer doesn’t need a product list or massive inspiration board, but some clarity about your project goals and personal taste can save a lot of time and help you find the right interior designer for your project.
  • Are your timeline expectations reasonable? A room refresh and a full remodel have very different lead times. Get clear on what you want and what’s actually possible.
  • What’s a reasonable investment in your project? Your designer can help select the right elements and materials to suit your budget, but interior design isn’t a bargain service. If you want to partner with an interior designer, be prepared to make an investment in your home.
  • What’s your collaboration style? One of the most important components of working with an interior designer is knowing how to let go and trust the process. Your input is both crucial and valuable, but at some point, you’ve gotta be able to sit back and let the pros do their jobs.
Photo by Meghan Beierle-O’Brien

Want more details about timelines, budget, and my design process? Read the full text at Patrick Ediger.

Think you’re ready to hire an interior designer?

Congrats! When you’re ready to get started on your home project, an interior designer should be your first call.

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Wondering if I might be a good fit for your project?

Head to my project inquiries page to answer a few quick questions and get in touch. Can’t wait to learn more about your project goals!

Until next time,


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