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Working With an Interior Designer

Never worked with an interior designer before? These tips to what to expect will help make the experience run smoothly.

Working With an Interior Designer

If you’ve never hired an interior designer before, the experience will be completely new to you. It’s important that you come prepared and that you let your designer get to know everything you can about your personal style and your lifestyle so they can help you achieve your design dreams! Read on for some tips about what to expect.

How to Prepare for your Meeting with an Interior Designer

HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUR MEETING WITH AN INTERIOR DESIGNER

Let's Talk About Style

Let's Talk About Style

When you first meet with your interior designer, he or she will likely want to get a download on your style. Come prepared with photos from blogs, websites, magazines, and social media to help guide them. They may ask about your favorite colors, whether you like pattern, how you want the room to feel, and more.

Getting to Know Your Lifestyle

Getting to Know Your Lifestyle

Your designer wants you to be happy in your new space, so he or she will want to get a good idea of how you plan to spend your time there. Be prepared to share specifics about the room they are designing, who will use the space and how often, how your family will use it, and what your entertaining style is. 

Be Honest About Timing

Be Honest About Timing

Knowing the time frame of your design project, and for instance whether you’re in the midst of a renovation or preparing for a move, will help guide your designer’s product selections. If you’re in a crunch, he or she will look for pieces that they can be confident will arrive in time for your deadline. If you’re more flexible, you’ll have more time to order custom pieces or other special pieces that have a longer lead time.

Think About Your Budget

Think About Your Budget

Money doesn’t grow on trees, so of course budget may be an important factor in your design project. You may have a very specific budget in mind or a rough range. Or you may just have an idea of how much you’d be willing to spend on specific items, such as a sofa or side table. You don’t have to know your budget right off the bat, but you should come in with some general thoughts to help guide your designer to the right products for you.

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How an Interior Designer Can Help You

Design projects come in all shapes and sizes, and interior designers are here to help, whatever your design dilemma may be. You may already know what you want and just need help placing an order. Maybe you just moved or are transitioning a particular room and would like to focus on foundational pieces. Or perhaps you’d just like to freshen up a room or update the color palette. You may just need help styling the space. Maybe you need helping incorporating new furniture with existing pieces. Or perhaps you’re ready for a full room or home makeover. Whatever the scope of the project, interior designers are skilled at creating spaces you and your family will love for years to come. Now comes the fun part!

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Work with an Interior Designer

Williams Sonoma Home offers free design services to our customers. Work with our stylists and decorators, in your home or at your local store, to create your dream home. Schedule an appointment with the Williams Sonoma Design Crew or work with your local store to get started.