Not everyone has the time, experience or skills to decorate their own home -- and that's okay. Thankfully, there are thousands of professional interior designers who will gladly perform this job on your behalf. But if you're planning to hire an interior designer to decorate your home, there are a few things you should consider.
First and foremost, check to see what (if any) accreditations the designer has. The largest organization for professional interior designers is the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). Founded in 1931, members must adhere to a code of ethics while maintaining exceptional conduct in their dealings with clients. Therefore, interior designers who are accredited with ASID are usually a step above the rest.
Of course, you should also consider your budget and whether or not it's within a "workable" price range for the interior designer. Some interior designers only handle jobs with a high budget. Others, however, are willing to work with clients with all budgets. Before contacting prospective interior designers, determine exactly how much money you are willing to spend on the project.
When do you want your home decorating project completed by? If you're preparing for a holiday party, you probably want it finished at least a few days before the party, in which case you need to choose a designer who can work with this timeline. Let prospective designers know your project timeline before hiring one.
Additionally, you should determine how much involvement you want from the interior designer. Do you want the designer to have full freedom over your home's decor? Or do you want to collaborate more closely with the designer to achieve your dream decor? If you're busy with work or other tasks, perhaps the former is better. On the other hand, you may want to work closely with the interior designer, assuming you have the necessary time available to do so.
Where is the interior designer located? If he or she lives 50+ miles away, you may have trouble getting him or her to your house. And if they forgot something like paint swatches or furnishings, they'll have to make a long round-trip back to retrieve it. This doesn't necessarily mean that you have to choose a designer who lives within a 5-mile radius, but you should consider the distance and time between your home and the designer's place of business.
These are just a few things to consider when hiring a professional interior designer.