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Mistakes To Avoid When Choosing An Interior聽Designer.

聽聽And here we are again at聽Sweet Blog, the sweetest blog online.

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Today, following several requests from our readers, we will share some tips to help you avoid critical mistakes when choosing an interior designer for your home.

There is a quote attributed to Margaret Oscar:

"Designers are meant to be loved, not to be understood."

Powerful. Isn't it?

With such a quote, it is pretty clear why some interaction difficulties may arise with designers during collaborative work processes.

Although it is well known that dealing with professionals of any kind can be quite聽challenging, those characterized by a "free spirit" and excessive creativity, such as designers of various types, may cause more communication difficulties with clients than with "other" professionals.

In a nutshell, A person who defines himself as a 'Free spirit' does not feel bound by traditional social structures. A free spirit tends not to go with the flow but rather in the directions to which his 'wild nature' soul marches him.

"Free Spirit" will tell you precisely what he thinks without filters of politically correct. But with that being said, he is usually quite kind and sensitive to his surroundings.

In light of the above, it's quite clear then why contractual conduct can be pretty challenging when it comes to designers of various types - their point of view tends to be somewhat 'Different' and 'Unstable,' and even if you - The customer who pays good money and demands to receive a specific service - sets certain requirements - still - do not be surprised If your instructions are not thoroughly followed due to a perception that you 'don't know what's good for you,' And 'design matters are too sensitive for the ignorant common people to fully understand.'聽

In this article, we will help you grasp what you must do before choosing a designer for your home, along with the common mistakes that must be avoided.

As always, later in the article, there will be a refreshing infographic presentation and a video summarizing its content for you.

'Mistakes to avoid when choosing an interior designer.'聽

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1. Do Your Homework.

Benjamin Franklin once said:

"by failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail."

The importance of advanced preparation for all of life's challenges is intuitively understood. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure it out. The more thoroughly you prepare, the significantly better your performance will be.

This is more than relevant to our article's topic - Avoiding Mistakes when Choosing a Home Designer.

One of the main reasons for unfortunate misunderstandings in the client-interior designer relationship is the lack of orientation in the professional field, which usually characterizes the client. Therefore, it is highly recommended to thoroughly familiarize yourself with the area for which you are hiring the professional.

You must be 100 percent sure what your goals are from the design process and how you want (exactly!) your house to look at the end.

Indeed, there is room for doubts and hesitations, but only聽before聽hiring the designer - Contact an interior designer only when you have a solid plan, with no room for misunderstandings, Since as mentioned above, any hesitation and doubt on your part will result in the designer deciding things聽for you, ultimately leading to unnecessary frustration.

And by the way, there is no need to panic. Our recommendation to be prepared before contacting the designer does not require you to become a certified expert in the field of interior design. All that is needed is, first, to focus on the procedure's outcome - what would you consider a success. And then to dive in a bit and enrich your knowledge regarding the field of interior design, something that, on the one hand, will grant you more practical knowledge and improve your expertise on the subject, and on the other hand, will help you create a common professional聽language聽with your designer later on.

"Okay, fine, but where do I get the information?" you may be asking.

Well, everywhere: starting from Googling it, through reading about it in social media/forums/consulting with friends and family, and ending (for the advanced ones among you) in examining the professional literature in the field.

The guiding principle is this is a reasonably simple task whose only purpose is to get you ready for your first meeting with your designer, which, as mentioned above, will spot right from the start if you are one of those who don't have a green idea about what they are talking about and your house is nothing more than another "space for his artistic creativity" And You are only the one who keeps the cash flowing Or, this time he is facing someone who knows exactly what he wants, and he better implements your requests precisely.

With that being said, let us note again - we have no intention to diss any designers. We actually quite like them. Our sole purpose is to describe a natural phenomenon that characterizes professionals with a "free spirit." And if you are one of those who want their Instructions to be carried out precisely - You must be prepared and do your homework ASAP.

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Don't be lazy. Sit back and read about the topic

So, in conclusion, the first mistake to avoid when choosing a designer for your home is to arrive unprepared.

2. Evidence Of Quality Performance.

Arnold H Glasow once said:

"The fewer the facts, the stronger the opinion."

As in many other areas of life, for intuitively well-understood reasons, it is highly recommended to give significant weight to actual evidence over opinions or hypotheses. One doesn't have to be a rocket scientist to figure this out - And this is more than relevant to our topic.

Once you've properly followed the instructions mentioned in paragraph one and reached the stage where you start looking for real designers for your home, it's time to put aside your niceties and start demanding proof.

Credentials, portfolios, projects carried out in physical homes, past clients you can talk to and get their opinions on the service they received - basically anything you can lay your hands on!

Nowadays, most of these materials can be easily obtained from the background check stage, even before making initial contact - A little internet research and you're good.

It goes without saying that even at the stage of the first face-to-face meeting with your potential future designer, it is highly recommended you ask for portfolios concerning their professional abilities. It is not the time to be friendly and agreeable. On the contrary, you must be assertive.

Studies聽clearly show that agreeable people are not successful in a wide variety of social and business fields compared to people who are not agreeable. The reasons are quite intuitive to understand. While agreeable people tend to please others, disagreeable people will be concerned with achieving their goals, regardless of how the other party feels. You may like it and may not, but it cannot be argued that it helps clarify your positions.

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Don't be shy - get the information you need!

It follows then that the second mistake to avoid when hiring a designer for your home is not thoroughly doing background checks.

3. Match expectations.

Napoleon Bonaparte once said:

"An order that can be misunderstood will undoubtedly Become one."

After finishing with聽your homework and conducting a CIA background check on your designer, you've eventually- thank god -聽Chosen one - it's time for the most crucial part - Match expectations.

When working with a home designer, you cannot underestimate the importance of coordinating expectations in advance. It's what will make or break you.

As briefly mentioned in paragraph one, Due to their tendency to take free initiative, you must sit down with your designer and聽clearly聽explain how you see your home design process and its results. It would be best if you did not leave the slightest place for misunderstandings.

And how do you avoid such misunderstandings? Exactly - By clear instructions and guidelines.

Set expectations, and you won't find yourself badly surprised.

Working with computer simulation software is highly recommended, allowing you to point at the screen and say - "This is exactly what I want!".

Home productsEnsure to match everything in advance!

So, the third mistake to avoid when choosing an interior designer is avoiding a thorough match of expectations.

Don't do that!

4. Put Your Finger On The Pulse.

It's one thing to take care of excellent preliminary preparation (doing homework/background check/match expectations), but it's a whole other thing to ensure good execution.聽

Among other things, home design is characterized by a structure of stages, when often, one thing is built on something that preceded it, And so it progresses accordingly. Think of it as a design cogwheel.

Therefore, in order for irreversible errors not to occur, you must have your finger on the pulse at all stages of the design process聽since,聽as mentioned, sometimes, a delay in identifying a mistake may lead to another (irreversible?) one on top of it.

"So what to do?" You must be asking.

Well - and this is also the fourth and last mistake that should be avoided when choosing an interior designer - During your home design process, you must closely monitor your designer's work and ensure that all the instructions you give him are carried out聽on time聽as required.

With that being said, it does not mean you should bother /nag him all day long with questions and comments; the only thing you have to do is to be in the background; thus, your presence will be felt.

Home productsCome to check from time to time

By doing so, you will be able to minimize as much as possible the chance that unexpected faults will occur and ensure that things will not be carried out in a way that is not precisely compatible with your requirements.聽

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In conclusion, these were the four critical mistakes to avoid when choosing an interior designer, and we hope that we have helped you to some extent if you are searching for one.

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Zachary Tomlinson calendar_today

I had no idea that a home interior designer could use your ideas and expertise to create an interior design that fits your needs. My uncle plans to remodel his home interior this year into something modern. I should talk to them about finding a local decorating expert that can create a minimalist retirement home for his needs.

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