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Choosing the right interior designer is important – you’ll be spending a lot of time together over the course of the project and allowing this person (or people) into your home. The relationship is, by its very nature, personal, so you need to choose someone you can trust, communicate with effectively and above all, whose style you admire. UK-based luxury interior design house Oro Bianco Interior Design lists their top tips on how to pick the right person for the job.

1. Establish a plan

Before anything else happens, you need to start by thinking about exactly what it is you want to achieve. What are your project needs? Are you aiming for modern, classic or quirky interiors? Do you want to hire high-end luxury interior designers or do you have a smaller budget? Is there a timescale? All of these questions are essential in picking a suitable designer who can meet your individual requirements.

2. Do your research

You wouldn’t begin writing a university dissertation without first doing some research and the same can be said for transforming your home. As such, establishing a list of potential designers who meet your style and expectation desires will help you in making the right decision.

Start by exploring portfolios and past projects to narrow down a list of designers whose work you like. Then, if possible, check online for reviews and testimonials from previous clients to weigh up the pros and cons of each.

3. Interview designers

After you have drawn up a short list of your top potential designers, you should talk to each of them personally, to ascertain whether they are able to meet your project needs and whether you can communicate well. Any good interior designer will listen to your wants and needs and ask you lots of questions about your home and what you are looking to achieve, rather than simply taking control. Ideally, the project should be a two-way collaborative process where your input is also valued.

4. Check credentials

Once you’ve selected the designer you think is right for you, make sure to check their professional credentials before any payment is handed over.If possible, ask for some references from previous clients; you will be spending a lot of money after all, so it pays to be meticulous. Whenyou are sure you’ve made the right choice, you can work together to create a space you will be glad to call home!