How Do You Find a Reputable Interior Designer?

At some point in your life you might need help from a local service provider who is experienced and has a creative flair for interior design work. But other than opening up the Yellow Pages and reading the display ads, what are your options for finding a reputable interior designer?

In most cases, you might not know where to start, and you might not even know what types of questions to ask. Then there’s the unknown factor of how much it’s going to cost.

Since you probably don’t have much experience working with designers, it’s always safe to call several of your friends to ask if any of them have ever hired such a professional to help with their home design projects.

The next group of people to ask would be co-workers, or people from your church or place of worship. It’s like the old adage, if you don’t ask people before you buy something, you will always hear about the good people someone hired after your work has been completed.

Since we’re living in the Information Age with social marketing sites and all the Internet forums and communication options open to us, you might think it would be a simple solution, but it’s usually not.

If the above suggestions haven’t yielded a positive referral, then you might want to cast your circle a little larger and do more research. Talk a walk through the downtown section of your town and look at the interiors of restaurants, cafes, showrooms, or stores.

Many times, interior designers are multi-talented and work with commercial as well as residential clients. If you like a particular style that you’ve seen in a restaurant, ask the owner if he hired an interior designer. If the answer is yes, then ask for the designer’s name and contact information.

If that approach is “too out there” for your personality, then visit trade association web sites such as the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and look for a web page that lists designers based on their location, design specialties, and pricing structures. When you find a suitable match with your expectations, then call or contact the designer to make an appointment to discuss your project.

Another option is to head to your local bookstore or mall to check out the trade magazines that feature interior design work, architecture, and homes. In those types of magazines there are usually display ads or a section at the back with all sorts of ads. If it’s a local magazine, you’re in for a treat, since many of the ads will be from local professionals.

One more idea is to call a local design school to see if they have a career or placement service where students and graduates can list their services. Perhaps they’d like to take on a project for less money just to get the experience, and a valued referral.