Important Questions To Ask An Interior Design Firm As A New Homeowner

Posted on: 5 July 2016

When moving into your first home, it only makes sense that you want your new home to be as welcoming and attractive as possible for your family, friends and family members. However, it is important to note that there a variety of concerns that are not always readily apparent when you are making your decisions as to the best way to furnish and decorate your home. Therefore, before opting to do it all on your own, it is a good idea to ask an interior design firm the following questions. 

#1-Did All Of The Designers Who Will Be Working On Your Home Graduate From An Accredited Program?

It is important to note that while many junior colleges and universities offer training for interior design, they will not all be accredited by a governing agency One example of such agency is the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, or CIDA. Formerly known as the Foundation for Interior Design Research, or FIDER, they provide accreditation to qualified schools that meet or exceed their standards. Those standards include goals and expectations for the future of interior design and important information about future safety features and reducing flammability of specific furnishings,

An accredited facility will often be a better-prepared facility for teaching future interior designers everything they need to know in order to be successful as interior design evolves. In addition, they can also provide certification to students who have completed the necessary training to become interior designers.

#2-What Does Your State Require Of Interior Designers?

It will be helpful to remember that some states require anyone who calls themselves an interior designer to have certification in order to legally do so. An interior designer who receives a certification will not only know the best way to present your home and its contents, but also to have important knowledge about building design, project management, and basic architecture. Education can be obtained as either a two or four-year degree and as mentioned previously, certification after graduation is available. 

A good, but not foolproof, method of easily determining which professionals have the necessary training and certification is to look at their job title. A person with good fashion sense and a knowledge of colors or aesthetics may be known as a designer or decorator. Although you might still want to verify your suspicions, there is a good possibility that those individuals lack the formal training and years of education that anyone who works as an interior designer is likely to have.  

In conclusion, qualified interior design firms will be able to meet all of the needs and expectations associated with furnishing and accessorizing your new home. In order to be sure that you have chosen the most appropriate firm for your specific situation, it is best to ask the questions listed above of any interior design company with whom you may do business.