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Stress Free Interior Design A


s the big spring clean beckons have you been thinking about giving your home or offi ce a makeover but don’t know where to start? Choosing


the right interior designer, or any professional for that matter, can be a daunting. Here, Kate Kingston of Kingston Shaw Interior Design gives some helpful tips on how to choose the right interior designer for you...


By its very nature working with a designer is an intimate relationship, you are inviting that individual into your home, offi ce or business and entrusting them to realise your interior hopes and aspirations. T e chemistry has to be right, so how do you go about fi nding that person or team?


• Word of Mouth Ask your friends, family, colleagues and other professionals to recommend a designer. T ere is no better way of researching a company or person than hearing and seeing their work... But remember: Don’t judge a designer in full by the work they have done - their job is to interpret the client’s wishes. Do judge them on - quality, ability to deliver on time and on budget, and their relationship with the client.


• Online Decisions should be based on location, but more specifi cally the style of their work: Does the style of the website and imagery appeal? Have they been recommended by other companies or affi liated to any professional bodies?


• Making it Clear Giving clear concise instructions from the beginning is essential: • All or Nothing - Do you want to be involved in every stage of the design process or just be presented with one decision?


• See, Touch, Feel – Discuss whether you want to see visuals of designs and how pieces will sit or real samples of fabrics and materials.


• Tick Tock – Realistic timelines are essential. If you have a deadline make sure it’s achievable.


• Money, Money, Money – Budgets make life easier for everyone involved so be realistic from the start.


All of this will help crystallise the type of relationship that you have with your designer, as well as being a massive indicator as to the type


of designer you will need.


• Cover your cover – Always check out insurances and credentials for any designer you choose for specifi c work. References are key if you have not been referred to the designer by word of mouth.


• Fees - A good designer will always discuss fee practice upfront. Understanding what you will be charged for and how you will be charged is essential in determining the scope of the project.


• Contractually Obliged – Always read and ensure you fully understand the contract.


So in summary, don’t be overwhelmed. T e joy of taking on an interior designer is that they take the stress out of everything for you. Any designer worth their salt should always provide you with; 3D visuals & mood boards, budgets, specifi cations and good communication, but above all, beautiful spaces that feel like your own!


For more information visit www.kingstonshaw.com


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