My wife and I purchased our retirement home and now find ourselves struggling to pick paint colors, funiture arrangement, etc. I wouldn't mind finding an interior designer but I'm concerned about cost, their taste compared to ours, etc. Any advice? How do I find an interior designer? How much do they charge? What can I expect?
Design as a business is often open to interpretation. "Design Consultants" are often people with years of experience (or not) that are not board certified by the American Society of Interior Designers. A.S.I.D. certified means that the designer has passed vigorous tests within his/her state of employ to be certified by that states board to acknowledge their knowledge and qaulifications. There are also members of A.S.I.D. which have not taken their certification exams who are known as "Allied Partners/ Memebers".As a very general rule, and I am emphasizing "general", the more qualifications someone has, the more likely they are to be looking for comprehensive projects. Which means if you already own all your furniture and are downsizing, these kinds of projects create less opportunity to make money and are often overlooked by more engaged design firms.
Designers can charge by the hour for consultations that involve less product purchases. If you are looking for paint colors, floor plans for furniture placement, and maybe some new window treatments, a younger staff member of an established firm would do a great job. Also smaller individual local designers can often do consultations in between larger projects.
There is no one answer. I work for a very established firm which has been in business for about 60 years. We charge $150 per hour for consultations. However we are located in N.J. where $150 is the going rate, so prices may vary greatly depending on where you live.
Some advise I can give you, is that if you are considering hiring a designer, stop purchasing now. It is much harder for a professional to give you a comprehensive look if some of your materials are less than ideal with regards to scale, color, or seviceability.
Best of luck.
Charles, As usual, you have given very good information.
I'm sorry, I'm a bit confused. Are you suggesting to the author of this post that he should study design instead of hiring a designer?
This is the second post today from Irish Sweater that is completely off the wall. If I didn't know better, I'd wonder if English is not even his/her second language.
Tom, I completely agree with what Charles has said. He knows his stuff.
Design professionals work differently all across the country and they will work differently (moneywise) where you are as opposed to NJ where Charles lives/works or Austin TX where I live/work. His advice to stop buying right now made me want to stand up and cheer! Yes, we can work around almost anything but why make it harder for both you AND whomever you bring in for your project, not to mention the potential waste of money if you buy things that are off scale or just plain don't work for your perceived finish project.
Please don't be concerned about the designer fluffing off all YOUR likes and dislikes to substitute his/her own. Few professionals will actually work that way, regardless of what you see on t.v. Our job is to determine what YOUR dream space is, what will function for the way YOU live and then make it happen within YOUR budget constraints, with a bit of guidance. After all, if you knew how to do it yourself, you wouldn't need one of us, right? We also can/will keep you from making expensive mistakes. I've had clients tell me that my fees were more than made up for in saving them from themselves.
I hope you'll post again and let us know what you've decided to do and how the project is coming along.
YES, and if you want a chandelier installed you should study to become an electrician...
Whether You Think You Can Or You Think You Can't..... You're Right - Henry Ford
Irish Sweater is appearing everywhere with non-relevant posts. It appears to me that this is some sort of advertiser with stock posts that they have programmed to pop up wherever they THINK it might apply. I've started reporting every post.
Tom, Angie's List reviews an interior design firm in Councill Bluffs called D'Kei Inc., you may want to start there. Good Luck.
Does anyone have an opinion???
We are in the process of selecting finishes for a new build condominium. It is a nice size--about 1450 sq ft. The kitchen area, dining area and living room are ONE great room with 9 ft ceilings.
We have selected charcoal colored cabinets with mostly glass in the upper cabinets and all drawers in the lowers. The appliances are all Electrolux and in SS. There is a small island which holds the sink and a half and the dishwasher. The counter tops will be a white with shades of gray speckle with shots of silver in it. There will be SS on the back wall behind the slide in induction range.
We are torn between using a laminate(charcoal gray graining with brown/gray--looks like oak) on the floor in this area or a product called STARLOC which is tough as nails and very beautiful. http://www.starlocusa.com/ (Aspen Metallic..Zuni). My partner is wheelchair bound and so TOUGHNESS in flooring is a must.At some point in future we will be adding a canine buddy to our household too.
The walls will be a very light kind of cream/gray with white trim.
We are struggling with choices for the back splash which will be on two runs of cabinets....so far our thoughts are: tempered gray glass or gray tinted mirror. There is a slight bit of an issue with natural light in this space so we were thinking about something to bounce light around a little. Any thoughts?
laminate can be really noisy if you have a dog. Our condo came with laminate flooring and now that we have a new puppy (Yeah!) I can't wait to get rid of the laminate.
FYI THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS ASID CERTIFIED!!! ASID is simply a member organization. I was an ASID member as a student in interior design. It is a very expensive organization to be a member of and is mostly comprised of residential designers. The only NATIONAL official certification for interior designers is NCIDQ - and that is geared mostly toward commercial interior architecture. Some states have their own certifications. But if you see a designer claiming to be "ASID certified" - it is meaningless.
Yes, ASID is a professional member organization in much the same way the National Association of Realtors is a trade/professional membership organization for real estate agents.
ASID encourages its members to take the NCIDQ certification exam in order to further their professional development.
ASID never uses the word "certification." It uses the word "designation." Similar to the trademarked REALTOR designation, which can only be used by state-licensed real estate agents who belong to NAR and meet certain NAR criteria.
I see this post is over a year old, just wanted to share another tip for anyone else looking to find an interior designer.
You can search on Houzz.com and find designers by their location and view pictures of their portfolio with furniture by project to see if their style is what you are looking for.
why don't you design them by yourself? buy some home decorations you like and search some patterns of interior design, i know pinterest has this board, they share good designs on the site, maybe, you can have a visit.
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