Floor Covering Associates Will Help You Use An Interior Designer
To Get What You Want And Stay Within Your Budget
- IT'S YOUR HOME AND IT'S YOUR MONEY - If this is your first decorating
project, don’t let yourself be intimidated at the thought of using an interior designer.
Also, don’t worry about the finished project. Most designers have developed a wonderful
ability to understand your vision and help you achieve it. Plus working with a designer
can save a lot of time because they know the best resources. They’ll help eliminate
decorating mistakes and they’ll use space creatively to help save you money. You’ll
be astonished to see your home evolve that look that seems casually put together
and your friends will marvel at your perfect colors and your perfect taste.
- HOW TO FIND THE RIGHT DESIGNER - Most people start by asking friends
for recommendations or going to the internet and scouting out referral sources such
ASID Online Referral Service. Another way is to find a room that
you like in a designer showcase home, builder model home, furniture showroom, or
even pictures in newspapers or magazines, then look up the designer who created
- HOW TO HIRE THE RIGHT DESIGNER - As in hiring anyone, it helps to start
with a list of candidates and methodically work through the list in order to narrow
it down to the right person. It is also smart to interview three or more Designers.
You’ll discover that this is the best way to learn about how they work and how they
get paid. Trust your feelings. In the final analysis, you’ll want to hire someone
you can talk to and feel a sense of compatibility with.
Eight Steps to Interviewing and Hiring an
- COMMUNICATING YOUR VISION - In the process of narrowing down your designer
list to your best choice, you’ll also be practicing how to describe the styles and
colors you like as well as what you don’t like. Most people start their new project
by clipping pictures and articles out of shelter magazines. This helps you identify
what you like and don’t like.
Don’t hesitate to create a list of the furniture that you own and want to keep.
Sometimes a piece of furniture passed down from your grandmother has sentimental
value and you’ll want to let each candidate know that replacing it isn’t negotiable.
You’re keeping it and it’s their job to figure out how to make it work.
- COMMUNICATING YOUR BUDGET - In order to avoid a bad outcome, let your
designer know right away what your budget range is. It’s okay to have a budget and
it’s okay to let the designer know it. It will save you both a lot of time in the
long run. Everyone has a budget.
- COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR DESIGNER - Listen carefully and make notes. Express
yourself as carefully as you can. Your designer should be able to repeat back to
you your concept of the project, and be frank about your budget limitations. Listen
carefully, but trust your own instincts.
- PUT IT IN WRITING - In addition to using formal sales contracts, it’s
always a good idea to document your project over time. Keep your notes in a booklet
and record dates, times, meetings, and summaries of conversations. Your project
may last over several years and it will help to have that notebook to refresh your
memory. Think of it as a "project diary"
FCA - Floor Covering Associates Inc. retains full time Interior Designers who are
qualified to help you with all of your flooring and home furnishings decisions.
Simply call for an appointment.
877-678-6789. You’ll be happy you did!
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