On the surface, a successful interior design company would likely have prestigious offices, or a studio, which is the base for the team that work together on the projects, and for them, this is where the creativity happens so it would be a place of energy, and likely designed with that in mind. Aside from this, the potential client would be able to access their website, such as http://trindadeandbird.co.uk/, which is their digital showroom and would include stunning images of previous projects, and perhaps even the ability to take a virtual tour through all the rooms in a given project. Outside of that, the outsider would not see the inner workings of this dynamic organisation, and with that in mind, here’s what should be under the hood.
- A Dynamic Team – The team would be led by the interior designer, who would have an impressive resume to date, and ideally has at least 5 years’ experience running his own show. There would likely be a creative director, whose job it is to introduce ideas, and oversee everyone’s creativity and be able to channel that into a workable layout. There would be one or two interior designers who are gaining work experience, and they would work under the guidance of the main designer.
- Master Tradespeople – Any interior design is only as good as the people who actually put it together, and the team in the field would include an experienced joiner or two and a good stonemason. They would have the resources to handle every stage of the project, and the success of the organisation is in the hands of those who actually put the project in place.
- Extensive Connections – Furniture and fittings are part and parcel of a typical project, and the interior designer would need to have affordable access to top quality furnishings and fittings, and let’s not forget the building materials. If, for example local authority permission was required, the design company would have someone who does this, and specialised building services like underpinning or pest control would be at the end of a telephone.
- Happy Clients – An impressive portfolio would confirm that the designer is everything he claims to be, and for many potential clients, taking a look at previous projects might just seal the deal. Testimonials count for a lot, especially with a high ticket item like renovating the interior of a property, and when you are browsing websites, looking for the right interior designer, avoid any that have no portfolio page, as this is a strong indication of what to expect.
On the face of it, all interior designers exhibit a successful image, and those that make the grade would have a number of hidden resources that are used to help create stunning living environments. It is important for the client to make a good connection with the interior designer, and if during the early stages, you notice this is lacking, it might be wise to look for a designer that is on the same wavelength.