So you’ve made the decision to hire a designer, but where do you start? Aside from word of mouth and personal recommendations, turn to design resources such as the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) or publications such as D Home to read bios; see examples of designers’ interiors; and research degrees, awards, and distinctions. And to help you narrow it down even further, see our list of Best Designers.
Once you’ve got a few designers on your short list, set up meetings. You’ll want to make sure that your personalities click—you’ll be spending months, sometimes years, together on a project. In the meeting, discuss budgets and aesthetic desires, as well as the scope of the project. Ask for referrals and photos or tours of recently completed projects.
Finally, make sure you’re on the same page when it comes to the project and fees involved. Ask how they structure their fees and request a contract or letter of agreement and study it closely. Then relax and let the professional handle the details while you enjoy your home.
Gather design inspiration from theses local Instagrammers.
Rosie Case’s monochromatic thrift store treasures
Eclectic interiors from style setter Judy Aldridge
Designer Grace Mitchell’s family-friendly abode
World travels and finds with Michelle Nussbaumer
Inside Katie Sarokhanian’s curated vintage aesthetic
Keep your eye on the scale.
The right pieces are nothing if not scaled correctly. Diana Merzwski and Patrick Ford of Rogers-Ford share their way to make sure everything is in tip-top shape.
Pick one. Any one. We teamed up with local showrooms to select the best designers for 2017.