What You Can Expect When Working With An Interior Designer

When people think about what working with an interior designer will be like, their first thought usually shifts to the end result– after their ideas have been brought to life. There is so much excitement surrounding the wall colors, the window treatments, the furniture, and even textiles. When you hire an interior designer, you’re not just hiring someone to create a gorgeous space for you, but someone who is also going to make your home welcoming and harmonious. From floor to ceiling, an interior designer has the ability to take your home design ideas and create something special for you to enjoy.


We’re going to walk you through the design process and chat about everything from navigating timelines with your designer to where you should be on install day (hint: time to book a facial or take that wine tasting class!).


Let’s dive in!


Getting Started

When you decide to take the leap and engage an interior designer, you’ll have an initial meeting to discuss your project. Here, you will get the opportunity to talk about your style, your deal breakers, any design ideas you may have, your budget, and show off any vision boards you may have created. These topics are all essential in creating the perfect space for you. 


What Will it Cost?

When working with an interior designer, setting a budget right off the bat is essential in the process; you don’t want to create a home you cannot afford. Feel free to be very upfront and honest with your designer regarding your budget. You don’t want to fall in love with a design and furnishings that don’t fall within the guidelines of your budget. 


Collecting Samples

Once you and your designer discuss your budget, you can move on to the more exciting part of the process: designing. You can bring in photos of your home or set up a time for your designer to visit your home to get a feel for the space. This is the perfect time for you and your designer to get on the same page about the aesthetic you’re trying to achieve. This is when Pinterest and vision boards come in handy. 

This is also where the designer will give their advice for the room or home design; they’ll bring up things like not including a rug in a high traffic space, figuring out ways to work around a support pillar or adding decor details to a large kitchen island. During this time,  the designer will have the opportunity to learn a lot about you and your family’s lifestyle; use this time wisely and have an open mind to suggestions. Not willing to get rid of your antique china or wooden sideboard? Express that to your designer to make the process go more smoothly and so they can work around the pieces that will be staying. 


Planning Time

Planning out the steps to achieve your perfect room is essential to project management. Your designer will need to plan and map out renderings, space plans, elevations, fabric swatches and measurements. This is where you will see your color choices and textures come together and plan how your new furniture will be laid out. This is also the perfect time to tell your designer if something isn’t working for you. Saw something in a showroom you thought you must have but don’t like it now? That’s okay! Tell your designer your thoughts and you can both brainstorm together and try out different pieces. Your designer wants to create the perfect space for you, so being honest and speaking up when you are not liking how something is looking will help your designer create something you love, in the end. 


Time to Order

Oftentimes, the furniture or pieces you purchase for your home will be custom designed, meaning they will need to be ordered and shipped out. The delivery and execution will take time, so you need to be aware and expect a few weeks for certain furniture to be created and delivered. When working with an interior designer, stay in close contact and track your orders during this time to know when the pieces will arrive. If something gets delayed, broken or is not what you expect, talking to your designer will be the best option because they will be able to get a handle on the situation.  


The Waiting Game

The last phase of the design process is a slow one that is worth every minute. When the day is finally here for you to get your furniture and other essential pieces, it is in your best interest to make yourself scarce while the delivery and installation occur. This way there is plenty of room for the movers to unload and put everything together, and your designer to have space to get everything set up and troubleshoot, if necessary. Make a plan to head out for a beach day, hike a nature trail, or check out that new restaurant down the street, and give your designer a chance to make some magic. 

Prior to this, you may want to also have a conversation with your designer about when you will be removing your old furniture out and what you will be doing with it. Want to donate some pieces? Let the designer know so they can coordinate that with the movers. This is also a great time to hire someone to come in and deep clean. You don’t want to move brand new items into a room that could use some TLC. So, make sure you are all on the same page and have everything moved out and cleaned so your installation day doesn’t turn into an installation week. 


At Phelan’s, interior design services are available as a complimentary service when you purchase from our showroom. We’d love the opportunity to work with you and create a space that you love. Contact us today!