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How to Choose an Interior Decorator, Designer, or Consultant

Professionals can assist to achieve the perfect look.
Ever think about hiring a professional to help solve your pesky decorating problems or find a way to achieve that perfect look? Here are tips about how to begin...
Why talk to a pro?
Ideally, designers act as consultants to ensure you get what you want and need. They'll help you examine your options and create a plan. They may also manage the process, including purchasing, ordering, supervising contractors and overseeing budgets. Interior design consultants are trained to see the big picture and to help you balance your aspirations, functional needs and budget.

Here are some tips about how to select this important consultant to maximize the pleasure of your new or newly-decorated home:

Get referrals.
Just as in any other area, friends, relatives and acquaintances can be a great source of information. Find out who has worked with an interior designer and has been pleased with the results.

Tour Hill Country Homes.
Annual home tours in the area, like the Wimberley Home Tour, offer an opportunity to get a feel for styles. Showcase and model homes also offer ideas.

Research publications.
Clip or photocopy the looks you like and create a scrapbook to use for communication with your new designer. Also, visiting show homes near you could give you ideas and a sense of local designers' styles.

Check out the resources online.
For instance, the ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) offers a referral service and more tips.

Know up front how your space will be used.
Think about how you want to use and live in a room before you interview a designer. If you don't know what you want, he or she won't be able to help you achieve your goal.

Talk with several designers.
Interview at least three designers, more may be better. You'll want to see how you "click" and get a feel for your new designer's responsiveness to your needs.

Prospective designers should be interviewed...ask questions, and ask for references. Rely on your instincts to determine whether this person is listening, seems to understand your particular requests, and shows enthusiasm about your project. The relationship you have with your designer should be comfortable and confident. Many close and lasting friendships develop from the experience of working with an interior designer.

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