Expert Article | What to Look For When Hiring an Interior Designer


We have all gone through that phase where we wait in anticipation of getting the keys to our very first home! Emotions run high, ecstasy is common and the joy of ownership also comes with many factors. The most popular among that – we do not have too much money to spare!

Get this … you just bought the most expensive item in your lives so far! How are you supposed to be left with any money to spare? But you do aspire that when you move into your new home you would like to have some creative touches to make the space more personal and vibrant to your taste!


Creating your Color Story in your new home would surely make your new space feel homey. You would like to add some new furniture or refurbish your old ones with some nice fabrics, accent pillows, may be bring in a new rug, put in some DIY elbow grease, have beautifully painted walls and make it look like a magazine cover page home, may be even hire a designer!


The reality, however, hits you and you realize soon that hiring a designer on a larger scale is expensive and out of reach. But with some smart choices and options that does not have to be unaffordable at all you can opt in for a Designer Consult on hourly service or choose an Interior Design Package from a local Designer who offers one. We all want to stretch our dollar and get the Designer touch without the Designer price!


Hiring an Interior Design for a Color Palette Consultation does just that. It could be the perfect solution for your smart dollars and give you the insight about what to do with your home to make it look good without committing a whole lot. A 2-hour consult can also give you some guidelines and resources that you need to put your best foot forward to bring that Color Palette into your home that speaks just of you.


On a smaller budget you can get some direction as to what paint color to choose, what color goes with what? May be the look of the Fireplace mantle can be updated to make it exciting! Doing something on a smaller budget not only saves money but gives us a sense of accomplishment that we finally have the complete picture and it did not cost that much either!

A Design Consult on Color can also be beneficial to your pocket. Most Designer’s have an account with their local area paint store as they send all their clients and hence with that association comes designer discount of anywhere between 5-10%. Most often Designer’s pass that discount to their clients and you as the homeowners can save quite a bit of money on paint colors.


Many or most times getting color suggestions from your designer results in doing tester boards where your Designer collaborates with you to paint white cardboard with real samples of paint and roll on with mini rollers or brush. They have the technique to finish off the boards as if they were your walls in the exact same way your walls were to be painted. Instead of dabbing the paint on – which most people do if they are trying on their own – Your designer takes care to do a good finish on the tester samples. At that point you are able to see first hand what that finish or color would look like and having an actual painted big size board allows you to see for yourself in real life what your walls would really look like.

Yes, you could paint patches on your walls directly …. But remember that your existing walls may not give you the white canvas that is usually required to get the true color of the paint. Doing patchwork paint on your existing walls which incidentally may be painted yellow years ago, will result in a total mishap of lost identity for your chosen color. And prepping the walls with a base coat gets expensive for just experiments. So, to get true and tested color suggestions hiring the Designer, who works for you and is on your side with your best interests in mind is a game that is won before your started playing.


Most often your Designer is also equipped with certain other finishes such as tiles, counter stone, hearthstones, fireplace wall stone, wallpaper, upholstery fabric and more. They have samples that they can bring with them if required and if decided from before. Your Designer will provide you with an array of choices that will be co-ordinated in color & texture with the rest of the room or space and after the consult you can take those suggestions and pictures to shop for the item at your local Home Store.


Written by: Reena Venkatesh

Seasonal Leaf Interior Designs