How to Prepare for Your First Meeting with a Designer

You are planning a project and considering hiring a designer. But you’re not entirely sure how this will work. What if you don’t like the designer?  What if it costs too much? Will the designer understand what you really want? What if the designer forces their style on you, or thinks you’ve got terrible taste? Do you really need a designer?

Well, that’s what the first meeting is really about. To connect on a personal level, to find out if this is really for you, and to see if you think you can work together.

Your meeting will be an informal chat. There‘ll be lots of questions from both sides. Have an open and honest conversation.

To make the most of that first meeting, here are a few things to think about.

  • What do you want to ask the designer?
  • Give as much information as possible. Doesn’t matter if it sounds silly. It makes it easier for the designer, and could save time and money down the line.
  • If you have not started some sort of scrapbook about things you like, do so now. It helps the designer tremendously to form an idea of who you are, what you like, and what is important to you. This could be pictures, actual places, an object or description It might be places you visited, pictures in magazines, adds, internet. Think about the style and colours you’d like. If you have no idea, go to HOUZZ or PINTEREST.
  • Think about what the things are that you hate, and like about the space?
  • Make a list of the things you need in the room. How do you want to use the room? What do you think needs to change? What are your goals?
  • Make a whish list. What do you dream of having.
  • Think about how involved you want the designer to be. What is the scope of the project?
  • Are there time restrictions on the project?
  • Have an idea of the budget you’d like to spend. This way the designer can help you make the right selections.

Don’t worry too much, and don’t take it too seriously – we’ll guide you all the way. This is exciting and we’ll have a lot of fun figuring it out together. For now, trust the process, you’re in good hands.

If you want to make the right choices form the start AND love your space, contact me for an online or in-person consultation


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