5 Things Interior Designers Don’t want YOU to Know!


At some point, the defining moment comes…when you simply cannot live with your 1980s kitchen cabinets or oversized sofa set you purchased in college 15 years ago.

You’re too busy to handle it yourself, and even if you could, you don’t know where to start or how to pull it all together.

This is where hiring a professional interior designer can save you time, money, and frustration.

But here’s the thing you should remember about the design industry: It’s a business. Albeit an extremely valuable one, especially when you’re feeling overwhelmed and stuck in all the choices that are out there for your project.

By knowing a few things about how most designers typically approach projects, you will be able to bridge the communication gap much faster and identify the things that are most important to you.

Here are five invaluable tidbits that interior designers are usually not completely forthright about in the initial meeting…

High Standards

Designers are creative types who typically have high standards of quality and design aesthetics. This is generally a wonderful trait, especially if you do too; however, it can wreak havoc on a budget. Be mindful of this as you’re interviewing designers to work with, and be open and transparent about your budget up front so valuable time and effort isn’t wasted going down the wrong path.

Show Piece Worthy!

Most designers have fantasies about being featured in the next issue of top industry magazines. But, is this what you want? Are you more interested in a space that feels cozy and comfortable, or do you want something grand and magazine worthy? Invest the time in browsing Pinterest and Houzz for inspiration about what appeals to you instead of letting your designer run off in fantasyland creating somethings she/he would love. This is your haven, not theirs.


A good designer has experience and is very resourceful to find ways to execute on creative solutions to challenging spatial problems. If you’re hiring a novice designer, he or she may not have the connections and projects stagnate, or there are cost overruns due to lack of resourcefulness. Young designers are often eager to earn opportunities and will not share their lack of experience with you up front. Be aware that if you hire at a reduced rate, you’ll likely pay in time, money, and frustration on the backend.

Say NO!

This is your project. Your space should reflect the essence of YOU at the core. If something doesn’t feel right to you, or you’d prefer a different outcome, say so! The best projects are a co-creative process in which you, the client, is an active participant. Take the time to engage fully to your satisfaction. You’ll appreciate it in the long run.


A good designer is a busy designer. You may be looking for a highly personalized experience that your designer may not be able to offer. Find out if she/he has a team for backup. How well does the team work together? Are there indications that there is a good system in place to the extent that your needs will be taken care of? Take the time to call references and get reviews.

It pays to do your homework when it comes to hiring a pro for your next project. If you’ve never gone down the road of home or office improvement, the process can be daunting. Unless you have the right team at your side.

Communication is key. Make sure the designer you choose to hire is asking you questions to discover more about you versus you leaving the conversation, unsure of the process. A good designer really wants to meet your expectations and create a raving fan out of you, and is willing to be honest and transparent throughout the entire project.

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