How to choose the right interior designer

Choosing the right interior designer can be a daunting task, but it’s essential to make sure that you get the perfect design for your home. A good interior designer can transform your space into a cozy and inviting oasis that reflects your personal style. Here are some tips to help you choose the right interior designer for your project.

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Hi, I’m Nadine

Interior design expert, globetrotter and the creative mind behind NH.DESIGN

I’m originally from Germany but have been living abroad for over 10 years, from Canada and the UK to Sweden.
So I ask myself the question what home means every day.
My mission is to help people find their own definition of it.

That’s why I design interiors that tell your unique story and reflect your individual style and personality. Simply put, a space that feels like home.

On this blog you’ll find lots of helpful interior design tips and inspiration, and if you need design help, get in touch!

Determine your style

Before you begin searching for an interior designer, you need to determine your own style first.
This will help you find an interior designer who is a good match for your project.

Look for inspiration online, in magazines, and on social media platforms like Pinterest and Instagram.
Save the images that you like and try to identify the common elements that appeal to you. This will help you communicate your style preferences to your interior designer.

Also read my blog post about creating a Mood Board with Canva. It’ll help you find your style while avoiding going down the inspiration rabbit hole and becoming overwhelmed by too much stuff.

Do your research

Once you’ve determined your style, it’s time to start researching interior designers.
Start by asking friends and family for recommendations.

You can also search for interior designers online on Google, Houzz or Instagram. Look at their portfolios and read reviews from previous clients to get a sense of their style and expertise.

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    Check their credentials

    When choosing an interior designer, it’s a good idea to check their credentials. Make sure they have the proper licenses and certifications required based on where you live.

    There are many different names for different kinds of services, from interior decorating to interior design and interior architecture. Depending on your project scope and area you may need to work with one of these over others.

    Set a budget

    Before you start any project, you need to set a budget. Be honest with your interior designer about your budget constraints. A good designer will be able to work within your budget and suggest cost-effective solutions without compromising the design’s quality.

    Also read my post about renovation costs per room, and how to budget for them.

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    Schedule a consultation

    Once you have narrowed down your list of potential interior designers, it’s time to meet them, so go ahead and schedule a consultation.
    This is an opportunity to meet the designer, discuss your project, and ask any questions you may have.
    During the consultation, pay attention to how well the designer listens to your ideas, communicates their design process, and addresses any concerns you may have.

    Depending on the designer’s business model, a first call may be free (it is with me, yay), or you can book a paid design consultation.

    Book your free Discovery Call with me here!

    Ask for references

    Before hiring an interior designer, ask for references from previous clients.

    Were they happy with the design? Was the project completed on time and within budget? Did the designer listen to their ideas and concerns?

    What my clients say about working with me!

    5/5
    We really enjoyed working with Nadine. From the first call to the design presentation, we've been so impressed with her professionalism, her great ideas and how fast we got the first designs. Finally, with Nadine's help, we have a plan for our open concept living and dining room that fits our style and space perfectly. We would wholeheartedly work with Nadine again and recommend her to friends and family.
    Scandi design concept
    Fotini & John
    5/5
    I contacted Nadine to remodel our kitchen. Since we have an open floor plan, struggled to agree on a kitchen both of us would like, and which would fit into the rest of our home, Nadine came to our rescue! We got a few different designs, and she helped us solving the storage solution too. The kitchen is so insanely beautiful and we have more storage now than before! I would recommend Nadine for a great experience. She is amazing!
    Interior design services in Malmö, Sweden.
    Natalie
    5/5
    Thank you so much, I love it! Everything fits so well together and looks amazing. I can't wait to implement it!
    3D rendering of a bathroom designed by NH.DESIGN.
    Natalie

    Trust your instincts

    Ultimately, you want to choose an interior designer who you feel comfortable working with and trust to bring your vision to life.
    If you have any doubts or reservations, it’s best to keep looking.

    Remember, you’ll be working closely with this person for several weeks or even months, so it’s essential to choose someone you can communicate with easily and who understands your style and needs.

    Choosing the right interior designer can make all the difference in creating a beautiful and functional space that reflects your personality and style.
    By following these tips, you can find the right designer for your project and achieve the perfect design for your home.

    If you enjoyed this post, follow along for more interior design tips and inspiration on my Instagram @nhdotdesign and sign up for my Welcome Home Letter!

    Take care, Nadine

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