Selecting your interior designer
The designer & client relationship can be an enduring one. Selecting the right designer for you needs to be a considered process.
Before starting the process of selecting an Interior Designer,
it is important for you to develop a clear brief for your project
to provide clarity of your desired outcomes, the scope of the work
you need assistance with and your budget parameters.
Interior Design projects can have a duration of a few weeks or
several years. The relationship between an Interior Designer
and their client can become an enduring one. Interior
Designers are working with you to enhance your lifestyle and
develop a home that suits your personality. It is important
to not only select an Interior Designer with appropriate
capabilities for your project but also someone that you will enjoy
Do your research before selecting your Interior Designer.
This website is designed to give you a summary feel for some of the
leading residential Interior Designers in New Zealand. You
should do research beyond the summary information provided
here. Have a look at the Interior Designer's own website or
similar information that is available.
Check Interior Designer's backgrounds to determine if their
qualifications and experience are appropriate for your
project. Are they formally trained? Do they belong to
appropriate professional bodies? How many years experience do
they have? What is the nature of the projects that they have
completed in the past? These types of questions will give you
a strong picture of the Interior Designers "hard" skills?
Find out also, what an Interior Designer is like to work
with. Ask for copies of their client testimonials and
references. Also, request referees that you can contact -
recent clients that the Interior Designer has worked with -
to build a picture of what they are like to work
Treat your selection process a bit like recruiting a staff
member to ensure that your Interior Designer has the appropriate
background, personality and fee structure to help you with your
You will find that most Interior Designers are flexible about
the geographical location of projects that they will
undertake. It is important to get the right person or team
for your project and although there are benefits to using someone
located near you, most are experienced at working in a range of
It is very important to have clarity of the terms of
engagement before you select your Interior Designer. You
should have a clear understanding of the costs involved before you
engage your Interior Designer. Get clarity of the
concept fees, design fees and product sourcing fees involved before
you finalise your selection.