5 Tips I Tell My Interior Design Clients During My Consultations

Being in the interior design industry for more than a decade, I’ve had countless consultations and many times where I find myself repeating a few of the same pieces of advice.

More times than not, these design tips are more about how the interior design process works, and what my client should expect from myself, and our time together. Today I’m sharing 5 tips I find myself relaying to my new clients during most of my initial consultations. Hopefully these tips will help you when you find yourself starting a project with an interior designer.

1. Don’t Let The Design Process Be Intimidating.

This process is supposed to be FUN, so don’t overthink anything too much. Sure, meeting with an interior designer might be a little intimidating if it’s your first time, but we’re here to help you, not stress you out!

Lift all of that anxiety off yourself and hand it over to your designer. We’re here to assist you with decision making and take charge of your project, which is why you hired us in the first place. We got your back!

2. This is YOUR Home and I’m Here To Guide You.

YOU tell me what you’re looking for, and I’ll listen and follow suite. You’re in charge! Don’t feel like the designer is here to make decisions FOR you, unless that’s what you want, of course.

In many cases, I have clients with GREAT taste, and a good eye for design. They want to have a say in their project, and I love that! One of their fears though, is me “telling them” what to purchase, which isn’t the case at all. I give my clients options, and together we choose and prioritize what works.

3. Don’t Get Too Stuck On Any Current Trends.

Trends are great, but let’s be honest, they come and go. I love mixing classic elements of design with trending pieces. The classic pieces are more of the staple items, and the trendy pieces generally tend to be more affordable; That way we can swap them out later down the road without losing too much money.

4. Don’t Overspend!

If something isn’t in the budget, don’t stress, and DON’T spend outside of your budget. Your home is meant to be a relaxing place for you to let go of your everyday stressors, NOT a place where you look around and worry about all that money you just dumped into the project, when you didn’t have it to begin with. Let’s not get ourselves in debt, ok?

It’s important to find a designer who understands your budget and is happy to work within it, assuming it’s a realistic budget for what you’re wanting. If the budget is severely low, and unreasonable for the scope of the project, your designer should be upfront and honest with you about that. At that point, it’s time to revisit the scope of work and scale back until it’s within the budget.

5. Take Things Slow.

Let’s not rush anything. If you’ve ever spoken with a good designer, they should have already told you that design doesn’t happen in a day, nor should it. Design takes time!

This also helps with budgeting — If you’re able to remain patient, spanning the design process out over a longer period of time will be beneficial to your wallet as well. This goes for the budget you’re allocating for your designer, AND the items he or she is sourcing for you.

After reading through these tips, hopefully you feel a little less anxious about working with an interior designer. And if you’re located in North Texas (specifically Fort Worth & surrounding areas), feel free to reach out for your next project!

You can follow me on instagram at @amyhorany or check out my interior design studio, Five12Main.com.

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