How to Find the Right Interior Designer in India – A step by step guide.​

peach color Living room with a swing in Baner, pune

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First of all congratulations! You have your dream home/Office/Restaurant or cafe & we understand it wouldn’t have been a cake-walk but it’s worth it. Isn’t it? 🙂 Now let’s come to the next part : making it functional, beautiful & most importantly fit for your taste, daily activities, personality & basically turning it into a space that is YOU. 

Whether renovating an old house or getting the new one designed, it’s always better to hire a professional interior designer for the task. Before you rush to consult the first name you find, get a checklist to ensure you choose a credible and experienced Interior designer who can deliver a result that you’ll love & cherish for years to come. Perplexed with the idea of finding the right interior designer for your place in India? Let us help you to make a wise decision.

Step 1: Get the specifics 

First decide on the critical aspects which are the basics like the look/style, the budget, timelines and also, the location or availability. You wouldn’t want to get into discussions and at a certain point of work find the timelines too long. So, better create these filters even before you begin. Don’t be unrealistic over the budget, for the same you can check online, or get quotes from some designers who you feel could suit your taste.

 

Checklist for hiring the right interior designer

Please Keep everything transparent & communicate well. Designers or architects are like doctors, you lie, they might not be able to handle your condition, additionally, it may be a bigger mess than you have thought of. These guys are professionals in their field and want to make beautiful/ landmark projects for their clients. Hiding, budget, timeline or your taste from them could be a total disaster. 

You may also ask the questions below for clarity from the designer:

– Is there a particular style that you like or that you don’t like?

– How many projects do you work on at a given time?

– What’s your internal structure, and who would I work with on your team other than you?

– How long would you anticipate the project to be completed?

– Does our availability line up?

– What is your project management style and what will you expect of me?

– How do you charge and what does your fee include?

– How do you keep track of my budget, payments, and refunds?

– How do you resolve problems during the project? (Furniture arrives damaged, the wrong piece was shipped, etc.)

For Example we (Ogling inches design architects) are a very adjustable and transparent design firm for the mentioned questions. In the beginning itself our clients always share all of their queries directly to us to let us help them if they get stuck somewhere & this makes the project journey comfortable for both the parties. 

 

Step 2: Where to find the details- 

look for them on Google/social media (Best interior designer in Pune/Interior designers pune/ Interior designer in Baner etc), speak to your friends, a family who recently hired an interior designer or another key source is décor magazines and blogs that feature architecture and design works. Shortlist the ones that fit your list of filters. This way you would have a handful of them to approach.

 

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 Once you have shortlisted some designers, do a background check. Know about their education (specialization, institution), projects they have worked on, people they have worked with, people they have worked under if any, and their experience. Look for their reviews by their previous clients. Google & Facebook reviews are two of the best and non-modifiable sources to check their authenticity. 

Step 3: Portfolio and Credentials

 When you have an eye on the one, do a background check about their qualifications, company. previous projects. Take a look at their portfolio, go through the different range of design styles.

woman surfing the internet & social media on laptop

 

If everything in their portfolio has a similar design concept & feels almost the same Then you know that your home will also end up looking like a close copy. Always remember, a lot of companies show off with 3D images or software designed pictures rather than showing the actual work after execution. Always check their authenticity and work profile before proceeding.

Step 4: Discuss

The discussion shouldn’t only be focused on the project budget but it should also reflect the design expert’s work style. Does he/she listen to your questions? Are they trying to persuade a bit too much?, Will he/she accomplish your goals within your budget? Can he/she adapt to your liking, schedule, and other requirements?

 

 

Happy client giving checklist to the professional

 

 

Step 5: Sign the contract

 If you feel that the interior designer is listening closely to your ideas, is able to interpret your style, has a vibrant portfolio, has great reviews – High five! you’ve found a winner. 

. In India often we take things a bit casually & discuss some or all the conditions verbally which results into bitter experiences, arguments & confusion. Thus we recommend that before any work is done and before you pay anything, make sure you sign a contract.

It should specify responsibilities, a deadline, budgetary limits and all the other important aspects. Your home must reflect your personality and have unique touches. Clear all possible hidden terms, loopholes & possible troubling elements with the designer in advance. Usually, interior designers charge their fees for the number of visits, out of your city visiting charges, printing site visits, communication fees, etc. Settle all of these amounts before signing the contract.

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We wish you a smooth & satisfactory design process & great time after the project handover as well.

Team Ogling Inches 

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Which materials are best for making kitchen cabinets?

While you’re searching interior designers in Pune to select material for your kitchen, it is suggestible to go for Marine waterproof ply or pre-laminated boards. The above material can be made by trusted vendors but one material finish I would like to talk about which none will tell you is – Polyacrylic!

 

  1. Easiest to maintain.
  2. Glossy finish for a reflective look.
  3. Scratch can be removed by buffing
  4. Almost the same cost as laminate finish
  5. Available in lights of shades.
  6. Waterproof, termite- proof, heatproof, chemical proof

Connect with the top interior designers of Pune through the link mentioned below.

www.oglinginches.com

Sincerely To a Layman #InteriorDesign

  1. As an interior design business owner, what are your biggest problems?

    Re: Time Management is the most challenging thing that Interior designers face. Often there’s too much to do and not enough time.

  2. Can a commerce student do interior design?

    Re: Of course, one can! If you have the drive for it then your stream doesn’t really matter. Besides, being a commerce student can help you to understand the firm’s monetary requirements rationally & in depth. Matching client’s requirement and allocated budget is one tough in designing field which can be handled well if you have a commerce background. After all running a design business is also about  turning what seems a weakness into your strength.

     3. What are some budgeted interior design tips?

         Re: In case you are on a tight budget, try to keep things minimal. Choose your material palette wisely, avoid adding too many colours to the space. Soft colors for 60% of the walls and one bold accent wall will do the trick. Refurnishing can also be a great idea but not necessarily for all your furniture.

    4. Who are some of the best interior designers in the world?

        Re: ‘Jean-Louis Deniot’, based in Paris has been featured in ELLE decor and AD number of times and recognized worldwide for his eclectic and refined style.

       ‘Philippe Stark‘ an Internationally acclaimed French creator takes versatility to a whole new level. His work can be seen in European and American Museums. His interest in furniture design is also very well established. Some of his well known            designs are Flos gun lamp, juicy salif citrus squeeze and Louis ghost chair.

  1. What are the best books about interior design?

         Re: ‘Elements of style’ by Erin Gates is a must have book for all the Interior design enthusiasts. Its unique and practical decorating ideas shows us how designing a home can be an outlet of personal expression and self-discovery.

          ‘The business of design’ by Keith Garnet ; Former consultant at Gensler brings in the basics of managing and running a design firm in his book. With creative illustrations and real life experiences, this book is divergent and reveals the tools necessary to create and run a thriving design business in today’s ultra-competitive marketplace.

  1. Is interior design hard?

         Re: Let us be honest, Interior Design is hard even if it’s your passion. This field is not just about creating stunning spaces but it’s more about managing time, delegating tasks, setting up meetings meeting looming deadlines. Interior designers often end up working in tight turnaround. This is where their management and organizational skills are put to test along with technical expertise.

     7.  How do we design offices with an industrial interior design?

         Re: The uncomplicated part with Industrial scheme is that you don’t need to focus on making the area neat or perfectly symmetrical in every aspect. This design scheme promotes raw textures such as exposed brick walls, Open ceiling layouts                 and some really bold furniture. You can also go vintage by using your old re-purposed furniture or light fixtures but avoid combining unnecessary things.

    8.  Why do people want to get a decorated individual home or apartment?

         Re: Your house is basically the reflection of your own personality & likings. Everyone wants to make a good impression on visitors, it also adds up to the value of your house. A nicely decorated house plays a major role in deciding your mood and brings positivity to the space around.

    9.  What is the most important factor that decides the beauty of a room?

         Re: The main factor that decides the beauty of a room is its ‘layout’. A great colour palette with exquisite materials will fail to create an appealing look if the furniture placement is poor & unbalanced. Different rooms have different requirements ex. if the room is small, One should focus on getting the maximum floor visibility, try painting the walls with light colors, add  mirrors & use           sheer curtains to create an illusion of bigger space.

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