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How to Choose an Interior Designer

Are you ready to renovate your home? Or maybe you are building a custom home? You may be wondering where to start with finding an interior designer in Sarasota. We are here to help! Deciding on a renovation or new build is an exciting step, but one that leads you to a lot more decisions to make. Here are some tips on how to choose an interior designer: 

Identify your style: Start looking at inspiration on Instagram, Pinterest, magazines, etc. Get an idea of your personal style and what you like and dislike. It can be helpful to start your own vision board (either on Pinterest or in real life) to gather inspiration. 

Decide on the scope of the project: Are you remodeling your whole house? Do you just want to focus on certain areas like the kitchen, living room, bedrooms, or bathrooms? Or are you building a custom home from the ground up? Have a general idea of the scope of your project before you start researching designers. This way you can look for designers that have more experience with your particular project.  

Start looking at portfolios: Use Google, Houzz, ASID, ask friends and family, ask professional contacts like real estate agents or home builders. This should help you gather a strong list to start researching and looking at websites. 

Set a budget: It is really important to know what your budget is before meeting with designers. You do not want to meet with someone, want to work with them, and then realize they are out of your budget. Some designers charge flat fees, some hourly, or some by the square foot. 

Meet with designers: After you’ve selected a few designers, reach out to schedule a call or a face-to-face meeting. This is where you can ask lots of questions and get a better idea of what the process will look like if you do choose to work together. It may be helpful to write down a list of your questions before the meeting so you don’t forget anything. 

Narrow down your list: Now that you’ve met with your top choices, you should be able to narrow down your list and make a decision. Call your designer to let them know. Then, celebrate with a glass of champagne! (that less step is optional, of course) 

Have an open mind: One important thing to keep in mind is you and your interior designer may have different ideas when it comes to the details of your project. When you work with Trade Mark Interiors, we may take a little longer with the “getting to know you” part than some other designers, but this helps us to be able to design to your style and preferences. We also will provide our expertise and suggestions to you when appropriate. We truly want this to be a collaborative process. 

Trade Mark Interiors specializes in new construction and home renovations in Sarasota and the surrounding area. While our designers have their own personal styles, we work with you to get to know you and your likes and dislikes to recommend the best design solutions. Nothing makes us happier than hearing our clients’ say their home turned out even better than what they envisioned! We invite you to get to know us, view our past projects, and schedule a discovery call to see if we would be a good fit to work together.

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