Selecting the right Denver interior decorator for your family requires a little bit of time and research on your part. You likely don't have a lot of time to waste searching pages and pages on Google to find the right interior decorator, which is why it's important to narrow down your list of potential decorators as quickly as possible.
These five tips can help streamline the process to ultimately save you time.
- Ask friends, relatives and colleagues for the names of their interior designers. The Better Business Bureau is another source you can use to gather a few names of local interior decorators who have satisfied their clients. Interview between two and four designers, reviewing their portfolios and asking for references from recent clients. Ask the decorator's previous clients about how easy she was to work with, how informed she kept them throughout the process and if the finished result is what they wanted and expected.
- Ask your potential designers about their flexibility to meet at the times that you are available, both for the initial interview and for the project. Remember that designers are professionals too so you'll need your own flexibility, not imagining that a decorator will be available every Sunday or on Friday nights, for example! Get a good idea of how long your project will take from the potential designers and, when you check references, ask their recent clients if they finished on time.
- Study the decorator's website, blog or other written materials. Your research should shed light on the decorator's process, style, creativity and personality. If you love what you see and read, schedule a meeting. If you don't, move on to the next decorator.
- Ask the decorator how long she's been in the area. An established Denver interior decorator may have a network of contractors and stores she utilizes, which will let you know what type of work and quality to expect based on her past projects.
- Discuss your style, lifestyle needs and wants with potential decorators. A decorator who is stuck on contemporary style won't deliver what you want if you're looking for something traditional. Be clear about how much control you are giving the decorator, such as if he will make the color and furniture decisions, or if you have more precise ideas and simply want him to manage the project. Don't be afraid to show examples of what you're envisioning through pictures from magazines. This ensures that you're communicating the right thing as "mountain retreat" can mean different things to different people (think of Aspen vs. the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee!).
When making your final decision on which Denver interior decorator to hire, never discount how comfortable you are with the decorator. If you aren't completely satisfied during your initial meeting, chances are you won't be happy with the final result.
Decor & You Highlands Ranch is happy to come out and meet with you about any of your Denver interior design projects. Please contact us to set up an appointment (for a time that works for you, of course!).
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