How to Choose an Interior Designer in Crawley

Interior design LingfieldWhat types of professional interior designers are available?

Have you heard of any interior designers in Crawley? These professional designers transform your home, using things you have accumulated over the years. The end result is a balanced, harmonious space that reflects the personality of the people who use it. Many interior designers have added this service to their repertoire. Alternate terms for professional interior designers specializing in interior redecorating are ‘interior redesigners,’ ‘interior arrangers,’ ‘interior stylists,’ ‘one day decorators’, ‘visual coordinators’ or ‘interior refiners.’

What is a Certified interior designer in Crawley?

A Certified interior designer in Crawley is a competent design professional who is qualified to design, prepare, and submit any type of nonstructural, interior construction plan and specification to the Local Authority. Certified interior designers have demonstrated through education, experience, and examination their knowledge of Building Regulations as they relate to space planning, health and safety, flammability, and disabled access code issues. Most interior designers have a minimum four-year education. Many have Interior Design degrees or other additional qualifications in architecture or interior design. Interior designers who have many year’s experience may not have an Interior Design degree, but usually are well educated and have many years of qualified experience.

How do interior designers in Crawley charge for their services?

Flat Design Fee: The client pays a flat fee for the professional interior designer’s services based on the design plan, time required and the scope of services.

Hourly Rate: The interior decorator bills a negotiated rate per hour.

Cost Plus Method: Professional interior designers charge a set percentage on all merchandise purchased and tradesmen’s services rendered.

Mixed Method: The client pays both a set percentage on purchases and a base design fee for hourly rate.

Per square foot: This method is used especially in new construction.

What to ask at the first meeting with your interior designers in Crawley:

  • Ask to see the interior designer’s portfolio, but remember that the designs reflect other people’s tastes, not necessarily the interior decorator’s, and possibly not your own.
  • Ask what size projects the interior designer has worked on, where, and what was the budget range.
  • Ask how the established budget will be handled, and the kind of payment schedules the interior decorator requires.
  • Ask about the types of services the designer can provide.
  • Ask for a list of references.

What you may be asked for at the first meeting:

It is a good idea to prepare for your first meeting with a professional interior designer by creating your own folder of cuttings from magazines, catalogues and books of design ideas that appeal to you.

You may also be asked some or all of the following questions by the interior designer:

  • For whom is the space being designed?
  • What activities will take place in the space?
  • How long do you plan to occupy the space?
  • What is your time frame for completing the project?
  • What is your budget?
  • Are you relocating or remodelling?
  • What image do you want to project?
  • What colours, style, and effects do you like?
  • What are your objectives and lifestyle needs?
  • What is the approximate square footage to be designed?

If a professional interior designer, or anyone, for that matter, tells you the process is easy, stress-free, and will be complete in two weeks, they’re either over-optimistic or inexperienced.

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