How to Hire an Interior Designer

Whether you are building a new home, remodeling rooms or furnishing one special space, an interior design project involves numerous choices and decisions.

If you have a vision of the perfect design or if you’re not sure where to begin, you may seek the services of someone who will listen to your ideas, understand your needs and help you realize your dreams. This person should be both knowledgeable and skilled to ensure that all aspects of your project run smoothly. In short, you want a professional interior designer who has the training and experience to create the best possible solution for your lifestyle.

As with any professional, some investigative work will help in contacting and hiring an interior designer to complete your project. Here are some simple steps that will make this job a snap:

Define Your Project

Take time to think about what you need, want and can afford. Decide what is most important to you. Compile a scrapbook of ideas, wishes and dreams for your project from magazine, fabric swatches, paint color cards, catalogs, etc. This will help a designer visualize the finished look you desire.

Develop a List of Potential Designers

Talk with your friends and colleagues about local designer contacts. The Yellow Pages does not contain much detail about designers but might help you find someone talented you have overlooked. The Internet is also an excellent resource to develop a list of potential candidates. You can search local or national referral services like those found at the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) website at

Investigate Professional Credentials

Many interior designers choose to become members of a professional organization like the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). In addition to standards for education and experience, members agree to abide by a Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. If you wish to hire an ASID member, visit the association’s website at

Interview Several Designers

It is wise to interview several designers – at least three. Try to clearly explain your project needs and share your scrapbook with each. Note if the designer is attentive and asks questions.

Look for someone who has your goals and ideas at heart and seems interested in working with you. Inquire about their education, experience, professional affiliations and other credentials. Don’t hesitate to ask about the fee structure, communication capabilities and timetables. Ask for and check their references. Once you have chosen a designer, make sure to finalize your agreement in writing.

If you follow these simple steps, you will find a designer who will strive to create a warm, inviting interior space that will function beautifully and serve you well for years to come.

Please feel free to contact us via telephone at (317) 357-0155 with any questions about this material or to request more information about our services. Visit the It’s YouTM section on our website at to learn more about the Jeff Sheats Designs, Inc. interior design process. We are your partners in interior design.