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Ask a Designer: Choosing a Designer


How should I choose a designer?

It’s important to do your research and figure out, number one, the reputation of the company that you’re working with, and also, take a look at some of the certifications that designers have. See what their qualifications are, take a look at some of the projects they’ve done, if there’s a connection there, and the researches have been done, and you know that they can do a good job. That would be a way to choose your designer.

A kitchen designer will specialize in space planning, specialize in cabinetry design. Interior designer will be someone that’s going to be a little bit more geared toward maybe helping select tile, finishes, window treatments throughout the home. It’s very typical to be working with an interior designer but then still go to a kitchen designer.

Being able to work with somebody who understands your needs, somebody who basically just inherently clicks with your own personality, is what I think people feel more comfortable with when they are choosing a designer. Also, the designer’s reputation is very important. It’s also how many kitchens have you done, with word of mouth; clients do talk a lot.

Basically, with following up on the reputation of company and interviewing in one office, there can be quite a few different designers who all have different styles, have different design ideas, and it’s a matter of you being able to be brave enough to say, “You know what, we don’t click,” and, “Can I talk to somebody else?” Not everybody can work with everybody, and it’s a matter of, I think, more just interviewing people that you feel comfortable with.