We spend so much time in our homes, our relationship with these brick and steel constructions run deep. A comforting home can lead to happiness, a more organized one can calm the mind. It's no wonder that taking the leap into the world of interiors can be a scary thing, especially the first time around. Just like a budding relationship, the start of a decorating project can bring a symphony of emotions: the heart-swelling when imagining the end result, the butterflies when spotting your dream sofa, the nerves when swiping the credit card, the doubts when awaiting delivery… Is it a good fit? Will it last? Will I love it?
In many ways, interior designers serve as the marriage counselors for your home: They have the expertise to navigate the tumultuous seas of the decorating process, with impressive success rates. But entering into a partnership with your interior designer is almost like a second marriage; beyond the initial compatibility and attraction, there are contracts to sign, finances to negotiate, and the impending knowledge that, despite best intentions, unforeseen events will always occur. Which is why choosing a decorator is an important decision. To help you take the plunge, we tapped our favorite designers to share everything you should know before hiring them. Take notes, and get ready to enter the partnership that will make your house a home.