5 Easy Steps When Starting An Interior Design Project

It’s all fun and games to follow our favorite interior design accounts on Instagram and Pinterest until we ACTUALLY have a project to do and need a designer. What do we do? February 4th, 2020

We’re here right now to help you understand step by step what you’re actually looking at in diving into a project with a company/designer. And trust us, we’re here to hold your hand the whole way because we’ve been doing this a looonngg time. Haha

Step 1: Figure Out Your Design Style

The best first step to take is doing some personal reflection to figure out what your individual style is (because chances are you’re going to be asked this exact question later down the line).

Something we like to do is see what photos of spaces really excite us, that draw us in, that mesmerize us with how much we love it!

From there, figure out what in that photo you like the most. Do you love that there is a velvet sofa in that living room?  Do you love that it has a clean simple feeling to it, or a more classic vintage one?

Make note of these details and you can actually start to connect the dots across your “Future Home” Pinterest board to see it’s usually similar points in all your pins.

Remember sometimes it doesn’t even have to be specific details. You can describe a style you want by a place you’ve been too. Maybe it’s that hotel you stayed at in New York you never wanted to leave, or your friend’s home in Southern California.

Be aware of what places and spaces are making you happy! 

Step 2: Figure Out Some Details On Your project

When you start shopping the market for what designer you want to work with, the more specific details you bring to them, the more specific they’ll be able to be with getting you a scope on their services for you.

The big questions your designer will have (and you’ll probably have for yourself)  is going to be:

1. What is the project? (Is it just redoing your master bedroom, or are you designing a custom house from the ground up?) 

2. What does your timeline look like? (Are you in a rush to get this done before your relatives are coming to stay? Or are you slowly enjoying the process of creation over the next 6 months or so?) 

3. Do you have a budget you’re sticking too? (Are you trying to fit it into your monthly budget or did you just win the lottery and are ready to spend what it takes to create your dream home off of your vision board?)

From there that is going to help you shop the market for your designer even better. You’ll have the information they need, and you’ll know your own parameters as well.

Step 3: How Design Pricing Breaks Down

A common misconception can be that hiring an interior designer can be pricey, but that doesn’t have to be the case. That’s why having a budget in mind beforehand can also help you narrow down who is going to be your best fit to work with.

Most designers charge an hourly rate for their services. An average in the US for an interior designer is about $100-$200 per hour. Depending on experience it can range from $50/hr for a junior designer to $450/hr for a principal or lead designer with a firm.

Some interior design firms have a minimum on hours for a project or will offer it a la carte, so make sure to ask. A good way to stick to a budget can be limiting the amount of hours you want to spend with their services and being decisive when decision-making comes into play.

Keep in mind, being wishy washy with decisions = more time, which then = bigger expense towards JUST design time.

There are also unique company setups out there that will offer something a little different. For example, at Nomad Soul we offer room packages. Since we’re a furniture company we’d rather you spend more on your furniture budget than our design time so we have minimal design fees for a room package with additional discounts included in the package for your furniture purchase.

Step 4: It’s a Connection Thing Too

Okay, so besides just finding someone that has your similar style in home design, when you’re looking for a designer you need to find someone that you can connect with too.

There are so many talented designers out there, and they’re all going to have their own creative process that YOU ARE both going to be involved in. It’s okay to go with a designer that’s a little more old school that prefers in-person meetings to Skype calls. This also goes, vice versa.

If you’re a busy boss on the move and need to just have updates via emails and need the job done with less communication? There’s designers out there for you too.

A good way to figure out how you jive is when you first connect with your prospective designer. See if you have similar communication styles and don’t be afraid to ask about the business relationship side of things to make sure it’s what you’re looking for.

P.S. You can go outside the box too! We live in a day and age we are so connected, so don’t feel limited to pursuing designers that are in close proximity!

We’ve personally connected with clients from all over the United States and loved it! There are companies out there like ours that will keep in contact via phone calls, Facetime, texts, you name it, and even come out for scheduled project visits.

Step 5: The Why

Last common question in all of this process is, “Could I just do this myself?”

Remember, that paying for a designer’s time means you are paying for their professional services. In the same way you’ll pay a doctor to diagnose your symptoms and get an exact diagnosis instead of guessing yourself with a WebMB prediction, you’re paying a designer to help you avoid mistakes.

This can be anything from furniture not fitting in the room, to creating an inconsistent style, or running into materials that clash. It’s an investment in not having to pay for your own mistakes on the tail end. They’ve been trained and know what they’re doing so you need to trust them too.

They’re on your team, not playing against you. A designer’s true success is when they’ve brought your dream space to reality and that’s priceless.

Don’t be afraid to work with a designer, and the process can be simple!