Are you worried about finding the right interior designer for your home/ office design?Let me help you with hiring the perfect interior designer and getting the most with the least effort!
We have helped hundreds of our clients getting their place designed as per the latest Interior design trends and best possible finishes.
Look at the Infographic presented by a recent International study below:-
Almost 65% of the interior design clients are not happy with what they get over the amount spent on their place.
The real sad part is – finding the right interior designer for your home in India is not so easy, because, Either Interior Designers in India are getting projects from ‘So-called SEO agencies;’ hired by them. Faking fan following and showing Likes and comments on their Youtube. In both ways, they are spoiling the possible well-designed houses and most deserving relations.
Well, this is just a part and parcel of the world. We cant help people regarding that, but we can definitely help you keep out of the vicious circle of bad design!
Love making people happy.
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 right interior designer for your home in India. 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.
There must be around 1000 Architects and Interior designers in your city. Out of which trust me only 3-4 designers are the ones we are looking for. And why not, let us compare their experience, approach to design, and quotes. Now the one you find the best out of these three is the one you want.
Below are the steps to find that one designer. Be with me, We will be taking step by step approach to finding that guy!
Step 1: Get the specifics
Decide on the critical aspects –
Style – which is the basic design style do you like? select one only.
You may feel all are good. but NO. As we are looking for one designer, we need only one style.
I am not talking about the rest of the design styles as it makes no sense to do those in today’s homes.
Watch closely at the above images. They are perfectly balanced, some wood, some color, some texture kind of places. This is what you want.
Also understand what a cheap, ugly, and non-sense design looks like.
Why ugly? too much of wood, too much of cladding, cheap glossy laminate finish, and unplanned decorative items.
You don’t want to make it look like a wood house made of cheap dark laminate! In interior design, Taste matters. Taste of you and taste of your to be hired designers. That’s the key.
Do you like Contemporary? Hanh Insta fan? Or Eclectic?
Now, the Next step is to move from Emotions to calculations.
I will show you how to fix your budget.
Check your carpet area.
Now as a matter of fact, whoever you consult, get design built the following cost per square feet is the minimum cost you need to consider as budget.
If your budget comes to 1600/- Rupees per square feet. then you will get-
The main priority would be to get the essentials at the place. It would be comfortable, less costly, but less life of the furniture. finishes you will get- Laminate/ modular furniture, Fake wall finishes with an incomplete look. But anyhow, This will feel awesome.
If your budget comes to 1900/- Rupees per square feet. then you will get
Complete look, with decorative light fixtures, comfortable fabric sofas, Veneer finishes, decorative elements and heavy sun block lined curtains.
If your budget comes to 2700/- Rupees per square feet. then you will get
Brass, Genuine Leather sofas, Solid wood and Veneer finishes with PU coatings and decorative.
The more expensive the project is the far better options of finishes are.
Do not get confused with the designer if he says he can get the things done in less than the above mentioned cost.
It’s not possible! Either you are going to get duped or going to get a cheap- looking place.
So now as we know our budget.
We move to the person who can get the place completed in your required time.
Generally, a 1500 square feet house takes 3 months right from hiring to handover.
Step 2: Where to find the guy-
Look for them on Google/social media, 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.
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.
Through here you will be able to shortlist seven-eight Interior designers max. which you like to consider based upon your style (looking at their past works/ images) and budget.
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.
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.
This will help you to reach the next four designers, which you may consider.
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?
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. At 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 parties.
Now the time we were waiting for.
This discussion would tell you who is the guy who will help you get your dream place designed and executed in the best possible way and budget.
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 in 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.
We wish you a smooth & satisfactory design process & a great time after the project handover as well.
Team Ogling Inches