Most people don't realize you can call on a designer for almost any decorating need. They'll spend an hour helping you choose color or take more time to plan a floor-to-ceiling redo.
Be prepared to discuss your wishes for the project, your budget range, and a total cost ceiling. That way, your designer can guide you on ways to economize in some areas so you can splurge on something wonderful somewhere else.
Read on for tips on getting the help you want at a price you can afford.
Above all, the relationship with your interior designer must feel right, or it won't work. Remember, you're working together on your private environment. Evaluate an interior designer during a getting-to-know-you interview.
The designer will come to your home for a walk-through. You can see how well the two of you communicate and consider the designer's ideas for your home. Once you decide on a designer, it's wise to sign a contract that clearly states the services and fees. Designers charge for their services in different ways.
And, depending on your needs and the scale of the project, a designer may combine payment types. Keep in mind, too, that not every designer offers every payment option.