Choosing the Right Interior Designer

Choosing a designer to create a beautiful living space in your home is kind of like dating. In order to find the right one for you and your taste, you need to put in a little effort and ask the right questions. With our top 5 considerations and these 10 questions to ask, the process will be a breeze.


  1. If the interior designer is not willing to collaborate with you and allow you to be a part of the decision process, they are not the one for you.
  2. As a general rule, try to meet with three designers before making your decision; one is sure to stick out from the crowd.
  3. Come prepared to each meeting by having a good idea of what you are looking for.
  4. Always be honest about your budget up-front so that your expectations are not shattered and the designer’s plans will be appropriate. There is a large difference between R50,000 and R200,000.
  5. Keep in mind that the interview process is a two-way street. The designer is also looking to ensure they feel comfortable and that your styles align. Follow your gut; your instincts will tell you if you’re making the right decision.

Questions to ask:

  1. What is your style, and what styles do you dislike?
  2. How many projects do you take on at once?
  3. Who would I work with exactly? Yourself, or a colleague?
  4. How long do you think this project will take?
  5. Does our availability line up?
  6. What is your project management style?
  7. How much do you charge and what does your fee include?
  8. How do you keep track of my budget? Will I be able to see exactly where my money is going?
  9. Do you have any references?
  10. How do you resolve problems that occur during a project?

Now that you’ve got the knowledge, it’s time to safely find the right interior designer for the job! Head to or your Gumtree app (click for Apple & Android).

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