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Monday, March 22, 2010

How to Work with a Professional Interior Designer

To create a beautiful, cohesive look for your home, sometimes you have to call in a professional. Here is some advice on what to expect when working with a designer.

Convey Your Vision. Optimize your results by communicating openly with your designer about the look you're striving for. Share your thoughts about color palette, lighting and what you think is beautiful.

Keep the Big Picture in Mind. Every interior needs a thesis statement in order for the project to remain on track. Time and money can be wasted when direction wavers off point. Make sure both you and your designer always keep your main goal in mind.

Know Your Budget. A good designer will design to the budget you give them. The key is to be open and honest about what you can spend. When the designer gives you an estimate, it should include the cost of purchases, installations, and freight and materials.

Understand the Process. For design of an entire average-sized home's interiors, you should allow time for completion, depending on the level of detail and whether the design calls for custom items. Take into account the typical 12- to 16-week timeframe for custom furniture ordering and delivery. The interior design process itself basically breaks down into three phases:
  1. Programming—the phase in which the designer and the client share as much information as possible in an effort to determine the function of the space, how it will be used and what it should look like.
  2. Design Development—which is when the designer presents the floor plan and recommended furniture pieces, including custom designs, finishes, accessories, art, lighting and fabrics that reflect your tastes. Usually the collective presentation includes a few combinations from which the you can choose.
  3. Purchasing and Installation—preparation of purchase orders and arrangement of delivery and installation, all the while consulting with the architect or contractor on the project if necessary.

At Lawrance Furniture our personal design service helps you envision your fully
furnished room, before you invest. This complimentary service, includes an in-home consultation by one of our professional design consultants. Contact us today to schedule your complimentary in-home consultation.

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