Choosing the right Interior Designer
The key ingredient to a successful project is quality in the selection process. On smaller, residential projects, IDC recommends meeting with several potential designers and finding someone who will meet your needs and fit with your lifestyle.
To find the right interior designer, visit IDC's referral search engine, FINDinteriordesigner.org.
On larger scale commercial projects, a Request for Proposal (RFP) can be a great way for a business or facility manager to find the right interior designer for the job. An RFP describes the project, identifies the project needs, and lists the scope of services required. Once distributed to a number of potential design firms, this document outlines the format for the proponents' response. In addition, for projects where the interior design firm has already been selected, the RFP template can serve as a checklist or review of requirements, responsibilities and procedures.
To ensure quality-based selection of a professional interior designer, follow these simple steps:
1. Develop a design brief or a Request for Proposal (RFP) that identifies the project needs, lists the scope of services required and outlines the format for the proponents' response.
2. Establish a list of potential interior designers with relevant experience.
3. Issue the Request for Proposal (RFP) or design brief.
4. Interview interior designers whose expertise fits the project needs. (This can be done before or after the submission of formal proposals.)
5. Check qualifications and references.
6. Select an interior designer.
7. Finalize consulting agreements in writing.