10 Things To Know Before You Hire An Interior Designer

by Calvin Cox on November 12, 2009

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Image From The Design Portfolio of Amanda Reid

The Styleapple Hire A Designer series continues with Amanda L. Reid, President & Principal Designer at MANDARINASTUDIO. Amanda has nearly a decade of experience in various levels of interior design services for commercial and residential projects. Prior to starting MANDARINASTUDIO, she served for 8 years as Project Designer at a boutique architecture + interior design firm based in New York City.  Amanda wrote a very comprehensive article on the Top 10 things to look for when hiring an Interior Designer. If you are thinking about hiring an Interior Designer for for your next project, this is a must read. Find a brief excerpt of her article below. You can read the full copy here.

amanda-reid-interior-designer-profile-photo2Top 10 Things To Look For When Hiring An Interior Designer Written byAmanda Reid, Interior Designer Point 1: The First Step. The best ways to find interior designers for consideration are: a. Whether it is in a design publication, in your city or a place that you’ve visited, find a space that speaks to you and find out who designed the interior. b. Ask friends, associates, or family who have worked with a designer for a recommendation. Their project doesn’t necessarily have to match your taste and style exactly, but should reflect good design in that it was well planned and executed. A talented designer is able to design in many styles and may tailor designs to the client.


c. Go to the ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) website where you can search for a designer in your area by using their “Find a Designer” tool:https://member.asid.org/asidssa/rflssareferral.query_page. Also refer to the IIDA (International Interior Design Association) website for the local chapter and they can direct you tointerior designersin your area:http://www.iida.org. The IIDA site does not yet have the on-line search tool.

d. The internet offers a convenient way to search for local designers but please use caution and check credentials as described below. There are many unqualified folks who market themselves as interior designers.

Point 2:

Check Credentials. Make sure that the person is an accredited interior designer. This ensures that you will work with a designer who has the education and experience required to practice professionally. They have qualified for and passed the National Council for Interior Design Qualifications (NCIDQ) Exam which sets the minimum standards for professional practice. Accredited interior designers are often members of the ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) or IIDA (International Interior Design Association). Professional Members use the appellations ASID or IIDA after their names which also signify that they have passed the NCIDQ Exam. ASID and IIDA members must also adhere to a strict code of ethics and professional conduct. In addition, be sure that the designer is licensed if required in your state (varies by state, check for requirements on the NCIDQ website:http://www.ncidq.org/who/agencies.asp)

Point 3:

Portfolio Review. Once you have found some designers and checked their professional credentials, review their on-line portfolio/website more closely. Think about what you love and why. While it is natural to admire a particular style, realize that it is not the only factor. A good designer solves problems and addresses each client individually to provide tailored design solutions. Narrow it down to several designers whose work speaks to you and contact them to discuss your project.

 Point 4:

The Initial Meeting. The initial meeting or design consultation serves multiple purposes: it allows for a face to face introduction between the designer and the client; gives the client the opportunity to ask the designer questions about their portfolio, experience and the design process; enables the designer to determine the scope of work and gather enough information about the project to prepare a proposal.

Continue… Read points 4 – 10 here


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