One of the most common questions we get asked as interior designers is ‘what is included in the service?’ An even more common query we get is, ‘do interior designers provide furniture?’
Both are of course completely valid questions, especially if it is your first time seeking professional advice from an interior designer.
We have put together a simple step-by-step explanation on what full-service interior design really means, which we hope will clear up some myths about the process of hiring an interior designer!
1. Design consultation
The first stage of the service we provide at Lauren Rose Interior Design is the initial design consultation. This consultation is a chance for us to see the space and understand what you are hoping to achieve or change in your home or commercial space. This can range from a whole property redesign for some clients, to designing only one or two specific rooms.
At this stage, it’s really important for us to get a good grasp on the look, feel and colours that you love. We also need to find out any practical considerations for your space and the way you currently use it, or how you want to use it in the future. So it’s really helpful if you can come to the appointment armed with some ideas for us at this stage. However don’t despair if you are not feeling inspired, as we will know exactly which questions to ask to make sure we get the most out of our initial meeting.
2. Design concepts and visuals
Once we have everything we need from you, then we can get started on putting together a design concept board for you, to ensure that we are all on the same page it terms of what you want to achieve in the space. We will then present you with a floor-plan of the recommended layout for the room(s), followed by design visuals.
Design visuals may include everything from window treatments, furniture, fabrics, hardware finishes, interior detailing, fabrics and accessories. They can really help you to imagine how the space will look once the project is complete.
3. Project management
When redesigning or renovating your home, it is easily underestimated how time consuming and logistically challenging it can be to manage the whole project. One of the amazing benefits of hiring an interior designer is that we will project manage the whole process for you, this includes budget management and procurement to coordinating any tradespeople or other services that are needed.
At Lauren Rose Interior Design, we have a tight-knit network of professional and reliable tradespeople, from makers of bespoke cabinetry and furniture, to builders, plumbers and decorators. We can coordinate and manage everything for you from the initial design consultation stage, right up to installation (our favourite day of every project!)
4. Yes, we provide furniture!
Another key benefit of using an interior designer for your residential or commercial project is that we have access to an array of fantastic suppliers that allow us to source bespoke pieces of furniture made to the specifications and practical needs of your space. We can also source beautiful accessories for your home which are not typically available on the retail market, meaning your space will be truly unique.
Equally, if you have existing pieces that you want to hold on to, we can of course incorporate these into your designs, and if reclaiming or reupholstering is needed we can factor this into the budget requirements.
How to get in touch
If you are short of time and prefer for us to come to your home, you can book an Initial Design Consultation with us through our handy appointment booking form here. We also offer virtual consultations for our clients that are based outside of Norfolk.