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Finding Interior Designers

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The first step you should take before you begin your search for interior designers is to determine the fundamental style you want to create. Next you need to set a budget for the project. Whether you want to remodel your kitchen or your entire home interior, doing some homework will get you off to a good start. Effective and imaginative space planning, coupled with maximized functionality and productivity make working with interior designers a good investment for your home.

An interior designer is a degreed professional capable of assisting you with major remodeling projects that change the structural layout of a room or several rooms. They are familiar with design requirements and building and safety codes. If you are going to build a new home, or remodel an existing one, interior designers will work with your builder or architect to create the look and feel you want and optimize the efficiency of your living space.

Once you have decided on the scope and budget of your project you can begin searching for and interviewing interior designers in your area. A federal license exam is administered by the National Council for Interior Design and you should look for a certified designer. The American Society of Interior Designers maintains a searchable registry to find a qualified candidate in your city.

Home builders in your neighborhood that have model homes you find appealing can be a great resource for referrals. Other potential recommendations can come from local businesses that you find attractive. Consider looking at these establishments for ideas:

  • Restaurants and bars
  • Salons and spas
  • Hotels
  • Interior decorating boutiques
  • Home improvement stores

Armed with the names of interior designers in your area you can begin the interview process. Make sure you are comfortable with the communication style of the person you select. Ask to look at their portfolio of past projects to ensure you like their style and vision. A good designer will also be willing to share a list of references of satisfied clients. Be sure to contact these references before you make your final selection.

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