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What to Do in an Initial Interior Design Consultation

Hiring an interior designer can seem like a daunting task, but actually is the best way to ensure a successful project. A designer will be able to help you find a style that works with your individual needs personality and budget and will guide you through the process to ensure a smooth and timely project. Having said that, you need to prepare some things before your meeting too!

The initial consultation with a designer is a chance to meet, get to know them a little bit and learn about what is important to them, and for them to get to know you and more detail about your project goals. You need to be prepared. If you want to be prepared, you need to follow the tips below.

1. Know What You Want In Your Project

The first tip to follow when preparing for your initial consultation is for you to know what you want in your project. This sounds very basic, but if you don’t know what you want, your designer  will be trying to figure out what direction to go in. Preparing some visual inspiration of styles you like or images of particular items you love, and some notes on what you would like to achieve from your project will greatly assist your Designer in heading in the right direction in putting together your Design Concept.

When you do know what you want, what you like and don’t like, it is much easier to tell your designer what is essential to you and what isn’t. Even if you are not completely sure of the whole picture of what you want putting together some basic information is a great start, this is where their skill and experience come into play. During the Design Consultation they will be able to help you navigate your ideas and thoughts connecting you with a clear direction making the process a smooth one.

2. Consider Your Budget

Your budget is key in this process, and you need to be focused on the bottom line. The amount of money you have to spend will influence what you can achieve. It will also affect how big a project you can tackle. This is especially important as you consider which furniture and fixtures you will buy. Your budget will also influence how many rooms you can tackle at once or if you can do it all at once. You should allow for all of the costs associated with the project, like furniture, fixtures and decorating and the amount you are comfortable spending. A Designer will have access to quality suppliers and exclusive pricing, so your budget will go further than if you tackle purchasing yourself. Your budget for your project items should also be separate from Designer fees, this is always discussed at the Consultation.

3. Identify a Process for Decision-Making

Your Designer will discuss with you at the Consultation about the Design process and how it all works and will always discuss any decisions to be made at the right time in the process. You will also make plans for how much you wish for the Designer to be involved in the project and decision making. The experience will be tailored for you with SAGE Interior Design & Décor.

4. Have an Open Mind

Things will change, maybe through the consultation, design process or the project and you need to be ready to discuss alternatives and accept changes. During the initial consultation with your designer, they will be making a lot of recommendations and offering a lot of advice. Some of it may be contrary to what you had in mind, but you need to be willing to accept the changes. The reason you hired a designer is because their expertise and experience are worth the money. Having an open mind will ensure that you get the most out of your project.


The initial consultation with your designer is a chance for you to get to know them and decide if you want to continue working with them. It is also a chance for you to decide if you want to work with them on your project. Be sure to follow the tips above, and you will be prepared for success!If you want to work with an interior design firm that is dedicated to making your home functional and beautiful, SAGE Interior Design and Décor is the one to call. When you partner with us, our expert designers will meet with you to discuss your goals and aspirations, the overall feel and style that you’re looking for, along with your budget. From there, we will walk you through the design process, offering advice based on years of experience while listening to your every need. Schedule an interior design consultation today to get started!

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