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Part 1: Do Your Research

Many consumers are somewhat intimidated by the thought of hiring an interior designer. They worry they'll lose control of the design, or the budget, and that the finished room may not be to their liking.

If you've felt this way, doing some research on the web should help calm your fears. There you'll find many valuable resources to help you get comfortable with the whole idea of engaging a designer, and many more that will give you tips on how to find and work with a design professional.

How To Find A Designer
Where should you look for an interior designer for your project? One of the best ways may be to find a room that you really like (in the homes of acquiantances or co-workers, decorator showhouses, new housing tract model homes, furniture showrooms, or pictures in newspapers or magazines), then find out who designed it.

Alternatively, you could ask for recommendations from friends, inquire in retail decorating outlets, or search the yellow pages. Another excellent source is a referral service, such as a local chapter of ASID, the American Society of Interior Designers. Several national services are listed on the Hire a Designer Net Links page, including the ASID Online Referral Service which will give you the names of local designers via an online request form or an 800 number phone call.

Next, Learn More . Find out more about hiring an interior designer in these links about Hiring a Designer, with tips on finding a designer, interviewing, what to expect from a designer, contracts, consultations, and fee structures.

Do Your Homework Your designer won't be able to create the perfect room for you unless you're able to communicate just what you want. It's often recommended that you begin to accumulate photos from magazines of rooms and furniture you like (and those you dislike), since this will give your designer a place to start in creating a design specifically for you.

Describe Your Vision Be able to explain to your designer the style you want, the colors you like, and the activities that will take place in the room. Make a list of furniture you own that you want to keep. Think about your preferences for furniture, fabrics, materials, and patterns. For further hints on defining your style, refer to the articles on inspiration and making a project design file to get you organized.

Part 2: Working with an Interior Designer

 ~ Glenna J. Morton
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