1) Do your homework
Make sure you have a copy of your floor plan, along with the measurements, when you're visiting a prospective designer. It also helps if you have some rough shots of your home to share during the initial meeting. Here are some basic kitchen measurements.
2) Ask around
Talk to your friends and find out who their IDs were. Ask if they would recommend them. Established interior designers are also proud to advertise and share their portfolios in magazines, so take your time to browse through them. To begin, you can find a list of reputable design firms here.
3) Do your checks
Ensure that the ID you’ve selected has all the right certifications before awarding the contract. Listen to some horror stories here!
4) Be friends with your ID
Designers who know you well will have a better understanding of your style and needs. So choose a designer you enjoy working with.
5) Know your budget
Be frank with your budget and know what compromises you can make to get the desired look that you want. Here's a guide to renovation costs in Singapore.
6) Be detailed
You’ll probably be asked to provide the designer in charge with a brief of what you’re looking for or expecting in terms of design and spatial requirements. List down the number of people who will be living in the home, their ages and if they have any special requirements (wheelchair access for the elderly or loft beds for the children)
7) Do your research
Start browsing through design magazines and websites to find out what type of style you prefer. Bring along the pictures to share them with your designer and see how it can be adapted to your home. For a start, take a look at all our home features.
8) Know your colours
If you have a favourite colour, remember to point it out. That can be a great way to inspire your ID when it comes to putting together a mood board for the home.
9) Don’t be impressed by technology
While homeowners may enjoy looking at detailed computer renderings of proposed designs, a lot of time has to be spent creating them. Established designers prefer to provide hand-drawn sketches first before ironing out the details. So don’t insist on seeing digital renderings.
10) Be sure of your choices
It’s good for homeowners to provide ideas for the designers but it becomes a challenge when they keep changing their minds. So once you’ve decided on the design with the ID, let them do their job.