A designer is brought in early on a project to specify materials that will be installed by a contractor. The designer selections to include flooring, granite and other solid surfaces, cabinetry, plumbing, tile and tile patterns for kitchen and bath, electrical fixtures and paint color. Other design services also can provide help with color schemes, style analysis, furniture layout and selection, draperies, placement of art and accessories. Imagine how much time this would take if you are not familiar with all the showrooms and contractors. A designer will also save you money by helping you make the right choices the first time. Remember to interview several designers before choosing one. If hiring a designer is not within your budget and you must do this on your own, just do your homework.
Here are some tips: Educate yourself before any project. Give thought to what you want, research in magazines, design books and other homes for ideas. Have detailed plans, make sure you are on the same page and are heading in the same direction with your contractor. Use references and reviews of contractors you are thinking of using. Be available when the work is being done, you might need to make changes or adjustments and you don't want to delay the project. Most showrooms have sales people that will help you along the way. Pay attention, get to know your style, and have fun!