How To Choose An Interior Designer Or Redecorator

What types of professional interior designers are available?

Have
you heard of Interior redecorators? These professional interior
decorators transform your home using things you have accumulated over
the years. The end result is a balanced, harmonious space that reflects
the personality of the people who use it. Many interior designers have
added this service to their repertoire. Alternate terms for professional
interior designers specializing in interior redecorating are interior
redesigners, interior arrangers, interior stylists, one day decorators,
visual coordinators or interior refiners.

What is a Certified Interior Designer? (from B&P Code Section 5800,5538)

A
Certified interior designer is a competent design professional who is
qualified to design, prepare, and submit any type of nonstructural,
non-seismic interior construction plans and specifications to local
building departments. Certified interior designers have demonstrated
through education, experience, and examination their knowledge of the
Uniform Building Code as it relates to space planning, life safety,
flammability, and disabled access code issues. Most interior designers
have a minimum four-year education. Many have Master of Interior Design
degrees or other additional education in architecture or interior
design. Interior designers who have many years experience may not have a
Bachelors in Interior Design, but usually are well educated and have
many years of qualified experience. All qualified interior designers
will indicate that they have passed the NCIDQ (National Council for
Interior Design Certification) examination and/or are registered/
certified/ licensed in their state.

How do Interior Decorators charge for their services?

Flat
Design Fee: The client pays a flat fee for the professional interior
designer’s services based on the design plan, time required, and scope
of services.

Hourly Rate: The interior decorator bills a negotiated rate per hour.

Cost
Plus Method: Professional interior designers charge a set percentage on
all merchandise purchased and tradesmen’s services rendered.

Mixed Method: The client pays both a set percentage on purchases and a base design fee for hourly rate.

Per square foot: This method is used especially in new construction.

What to ask at the first meeting:

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Ask to see the interior designer’s portfolio, but remember that the
designs reflect other people’s tastes,

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