Interior designers: Where are they in Adelaide?
Restyling your home, especially if structural changes are needed, is a costly investment. Blunders are frustrating and expensive. But a professional interior designer, Adelaide, can help turn your dreams into reality by offering quality in every design and value in every cent.
Goodness gracious, where do you find this kind of guy? Luckily we are here at What’s Happening Adelaide.
Talk to friends who are design freaks. They might know a decorator who has an eye for detail and a hand of art. Artificial plant shops, building companies and art gallery stalls are good sources of referrals.
As you really want to bring a professional in, we’ve drawn up a list of things to consider when locating and picking an interior designer.
Is it a small or large project? For micro-makeovers, a rookie can discuss your style and show you the options. For a revamp that includes construction work, a specialist can manage the task, from curtains to bathroom extensions.
Finding the right expert
Look at portfolios. Make sure their style matches your taste. You may prefer a sleek, metropolitan style, a warm, country look, or a blend of modern upholstery and faux plants (for instance). Interview at least three interior designers, get several bids and ask for references.
The Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA) has a list of certified members and a guide to the various qualifications. The association honours design innovation, culture and business through biennial awards, and offers education, advocacy and professional development.
What designers need to know
Share the details of the project. Important information includes your budget and your preference. Spell out who lives with you (including pets) and what does not work at the moment – and why.
What you need to know
Write a number of questions to ask the interior designer. Is the first interview free? Will they help in the decision making process? What support do they offer? What would be their solution? And how much do they charge?
Some interior designers charge per hour, some charge per job and others add a small service fee (5-15% of the total project cost). After comparing bids, you can have a better idea of who fits your budget. Go for value, not the lowest bid.
Working with your designer
Draft a contract that requires every decision to be approved by you to avoid miscommunication and additional costs. Begin with an idea board, showing colours, textures and images that appeal. The interior designer will produce samples of actual materials and drawings of proposed schemes. Once you seal the deal, your project is set to take shape.
If you live in Adelaide and have property in another state, ask if the designer can decorate it. They probably will if they are an interstate company.
What if something goes wrong?
AGDA members have insurance that covers disputes, damages and accidents. You can rest assured that the décor work will proceed smoothly from start to finish.
A splash of paint here, a beautiful chandelier there and creative adjustments, is part of making your home functional and appealing. So make the right choice!