Many years ago, when I started in the profession design my colleagues share a list of qualities that make up a customer's ideal for professional design (Interior Designers, Architects, Landscape Architect..etc.). This "how to" list has been shared with other professionals and so on, with customers around the world since then. I share with you today to help further spread of wisdom and truth.
If you are considering hiring a professional design takes all my words. What you will find is that by doing this you will help to open up the creative experience greater and more beautiful project finally completed.
When working with an architect, interior designers, contractors, landscape designer or craftsperson:
• Clear and communicate about the hopes and desires.
• Do your homework. Know what you like and what you dislike. Clearly the requirements of storage racks for wine to your collection of first editions; of dog bed for a walk; of bathroom lighting for the home office.
• Pay attention, take notes, and listen. Willing to possibly develop your original plan to make it better, bigger, and more satisfying.
• You will work directly with designers, who will in future work directly with a team of experts, from design assistant to the general contractor or architect, tile-layers, painters, and many employees. The designer will also order the fabric, working with showrooms, and balancing every aspect of the project. Mistakes can happen. Custom-made goods to invite the possibility of error, an incorrect size or color, wrong, wrong beige, toast-colored walls and instead of rich cream. It is important to have a sense of humor and confidence that the designer will make it all work out.
• Stick to your guns. Allow yourself talking into something you do not like just to make a decision then you can not live with it can be a disaster. Avoid becoming liquid and hesitant, and especially do not change your mind repeatedly. It is demoralizing to the designer and it can be a nightmare when design, paint, plumbing, plaster, or tile work needs to be done again.
• An architect or designer is an advisor who does not, ultimately have the final decision. They did not sign checks; you do.
• It is a creative process. Stay the course, and remain emotionally involved.
• Note with optimism. Be patient. Creative people work hard to make you happy. Do not anger decorator, and always assume the best.
• Pay on time and considerate.
• Be responsible for all your decisions. Do not rush out and buy antiques great, furniture, art or without first talking to your designer.
• Be careful and pay attention. Try a sample of fabric, paint swatches, and pieces of furniture to make sure that you can live with them. For example, I recommend that you have two samples brought into the dining room chairs, if possible. It's easier to imagine ten seats with two in front of you. Spent a week living with painting or sculpture. Spontaneous is good, but it's best not to rush important decisions.
• Minimize the element of surprise. Do not make decisions without taking into account all aspects of the design.
• If you are not comfortable with the design or a designer's decision, make a graceful exit just after great thought. Save parting amicably and may also open ended.
• Your taste need not be steamrolled, but it also is not your job to degrade designers, their staff, and taste or their ideas. The goal is to create beautiful rooms; it is not a challenge to see who can "win" every decision.