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Interior Design Questions You’re Afraid to Ask, Answered!

November 12, 2019

There's no such thing as a silly question. They’re all good questions, but you probably don’t have an interior designer on speed-dial. And even if you did, you probably have at least a few questions that you’d feel embarrassed to ask an expert.

The Veo Show Unit Type E2, KL East by SQFT Space Design Management
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Fret not, as some of your questions are actually a lot more common than you think. Check out some of the most popular design questions most homeowners would ask, along with helpful solutions to get you out of your design dilemma.

1. How do I find my own style?

While designers generally prefer homeowners come prepared with an idea of how they would envision their renovated home, it’s completely understandable that some don’t. You may know that your home requires an upgrade but you might be in the dark about the specifics and aesthetics. Don’t be shy to ask your designer for recommendations to help you discover your design style.

Eco Glades, Cyberjaya by Cube Asia Design
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A good place to start is by describing the shortfalls of your home’s current design. Think about your storage, space, and other functional needs (e.g.upgrading the efficiency in your kitchen) and address these issues to your designer. An experienced, professional designer can then steer you in the right direction with ideas and examples for you to explore, as they help you to narrow your style preferences. In addition, they can help to converge your functional design needs with the right aesthetics.

You can also pick up some design ideas and inspiration by browsing through thousands of local home renovation projects via Qanvast!

2. Can you work within my budget?

Most first-time homeowners renovating their home might be in the dark when it comes to setting a budget because they have no idea what the potential costs are.

Park View Court, Melaka by LoHC studio
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The process of creating a budget is different for each individual. There are a lot of options in interior design for each budget and there is always more than one way to finish off a space. For any kind of budget, your designer can suggest a design that will elevate your home.

Green Residence, Cheras by Anwill Design Sdn Bhd
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To get the best value for your money, take time to research how much things cost (furniture, materials and etc.) and obtain quotations from various interior designers via Qanvast to compare. This will enable you to come up with a ballpark figure to get started.

3. Can you make my home more…romantic?

Good interior designers will know how to uplift “a mood” in your home, so there’s no need to be bashful with your design desires. Clear and open communication is the best way to achieve the results that you want. Your home is your sanctuary, your safe space — and a professional designer will understand this, without casting judgement.

Pavilion Hilltop, Kuala Lumpur by Wo Design Studio
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For instance, if you want your interior designer to create a romantic, intimate setting in your bedroom, don’t be shy to express your interior design goal - know that it is the same as asking for a relaxing living area or a serene bathroom.

4. Can I trust you?

The bond between designer and client is a sacred one. In order to have a successful working relationship with your interior designer, you need to be able to trust him/her implicitly.

Pavillion Hilltop, Type D by DesignStream Sdn Bhd
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So the question of trust is necessary. A good conversation is one of the best ways to establish trust with your interior designer. As you’ll be spending a lot of time with him/her in the next few months, make sure that your interior designer is someone you can easily connect with.

Astaka (4B), Johor Bahru by Blaine Robert Design Sdn. Bhd.
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You should also do background research on the firm’s accreditations, their past completed projects and read genuine reviews written by homeowners from trusted sources like Qanvast to find out about their work quality and professionalism in dealing with clients.

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