10 Questions To Ask An Interior Designer

by Devna Tiwari | February 27, 2024 | 5 mins read

10 Questions To Ask An Interior Designer

Trusting a design firm or professional for your home interiors is a risk you should be willing to take, as long as they fulfil a few simple criteria. Read on to find out if the interior designer you have chosen is the perfect match or not. 

Your home interiors reflect your personality. Now you wouldn’t want this mammoth task to be entrusted to any Tom, Dick and Harry, would you? With hundreds of interior design firms sprouting up each day, choosing one among plenty can be quite a headache. We’re here to simplify the process for you with common questions every home-owner must ask prospective interior designers to make that well-informed choice!

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What can you do for me in my budget?

Your budget defines everything! Any interior designer will need to understand your budgetary constraints before planning your home. The upper cap you put on the money you are willing to spend will also help you short-list designs and designers. Now, if that’s sorted. give your designer ample freedom to experiment with smart variations within your budget. If they come up with an excellent proposal, BINGO! You have found the one!

What do you prioritise while planning?

As a homeowner, you must be having a mental checklist of things you absolutely need in your house. So apart from the obvious checkpoints of material and timelines, you will want your designer to layout priority spends within your budget Is it a central theme or home aesthetics? Understanding your designer’s priorities when it comes to your home helps avoid conflict in the later stages as well.

Can you share the most common mistakes you have encountered in your previous projects?

This question for your interior designer will help you get a fair idea of the problem-solving approach he or she has. Let’s face it, getting a home designed to perfection comes with its own set of unprecedented challenges. You need to be sure your designer has prior experience of handling them, no matter how they arise.

How involved do you want me to be?

You should have the freedom to choose the level of your involvement in this long winding process of home décor. Decided this on the basis of your time constraints and availability. Make sure you are on the same page as your designer on this, lest conflicts arise later. For any healthy relationship to work, it is important to set the expectations from the start!

What’s your style? Anything you specialise in?

If you have a clear picture of the style or aesthetic you want in our home, it is a good idea to check if the designer you are hiring is experienced in the same or not. You don’t want the house of your dreams to be handled by amateurs, do you? Alternatively, if your designer has a particular style of work they are famous for, you can always check their portfolio of work. Does it fit with what you have in your mind?

Also, check out How To Hire An Interior Designer For Your Home

Will you share the full plan beforehand? 

A promise made is a promise kept! Design firms can be notorious for promising the moon and back only for you to be disappointed with the outcome later. Do ask your designer for a fully-formulated plan beforehand and also if it is common business practice for them too. Starting from design to deadlines it’s only in your favour to get a clear idea of their commitment.

What is the best thing about your work client’s have appreciated?

Ah! The million-dollar question! Much needed information to get an idea of the quality of their work and professionalism. A designer’s client reviews catalogue will definitely help you make a hiring decision. Just make sure they are providing you with genuine testimonials!

Interior designer checklist: Portfolio, references, budget, style, communication, timeline, contract clarity.

When can I expect my home to be delivered?

If you are a first-time homeowner, you will want to move into your new home as quickly as possible – even if it is to stop paying that darn rent every month. In any case, a clearly specified deadline is a must for any home interior project. As a homeowner, you have to be satisfied with the delivery date your designer is proposing. So ask away and wait with baited breath for D-Day!

How are we going to stay in touch?

Since this your baby they’re decorating, you will and must get regular on completion of major milestones, progress, glitches or changes in plan, if any. Be very clear about how your designer plans to keep that channel of communication open and keep you in the loop of your precious project!

Do you offer after-sales support?

Now, you don’t want them to just hand over a freshly designed home to you and leave, do you? Ask them if they provide a warranty on their products as per market standards. Also, make sure you don’t miss out on post-delivery communication with your designer once your newly done-up home is handed over to you.

Designing a grand home comes with great responsibilities. Make sure the designer you choose is willing to handle them all with as much panache as they are putting into the décor of your dream home. Be clear about your non-negotiables, and make sure nothing gets missed out in the process. We hope this questionnaire for your home interior designer helps you get that dream house. Congratulations on the new home, by the way!

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Devna Tiwari is a content writer at Design Cafe's home interiors blog.

Devna Tiwari

Devna Tiwari is a content writer at DesignCafe and comes with four years of experience. She walks undeterred, heads up against all odds and sits down to write about them. When she is not out there capturing every moment to permanence or trying out new restaurants, she is busy planning her next voyage. She is also the author of the book The Surrogate Girlfriend.

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