INTERIOR DESIGN

FAQs

FAQs

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How much do interior design services cost?

Every project if different, so it's best to get in touch and review the project with us in detail so we can provide you with a thorough proposal. That said, based on our experience, we find that 5% - 20% of your project budget is a good place to start when budgeting for interior design services.

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How long does it take?

Again, this varied greatly depending on the design project. Following the initial consult, we will provide you with a preliminary schedule along with our detailed proposal to align expectations with regards to a realistic timeline for your project.

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What is the difference between an Interior Decorator and an Interior Designer? 

You may have occasionally heard the terms for interior decorator and interior designer interchanged. However, there is a difference between the two titles. 

An interior designer is a more specialized field, requiring a certain combined level of education, work experience, and licensing. An interior designer is usually involved with a project from the beginning, perhaps even working with the architect. Her job is to help create functional spaces by understanding how the inhabitants will use each room. She may consider layout, architectural elements, light, sound and other design aspects but is also well versed in building codes and structural considerations. On the other hand, a decorators focus is entirely on the furniture, colours, textiles and textures of a room. A decorator doesn't need any official training to adopt the title. In short, Interior Designers may decorate, but Decorators do not design.

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Why do I need an Interior Designer?

Whether you need a little help or a lot, from answers to a few questions on color selection or furniture layout to help on planning and completing a complicated remodel or new construction project, the advice and guidance of an Interior Designer is invaluable.

Having a professional Interior Designer on your team who has the knowledge and experience of countless similar projects as well as the information and expertise for finding the exact products and trades-people you need to get the best result for your project is priceless. Working with an Interior Designer will help you to move seamlessly and efficiently through the project, as well as help you prevent costly mistakes or side-steps along the way.

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Why should I pay for a designer when some retail and builder supply stores offer “free design assistance?”

While it is true that many retail establishments may offer “free” advice and assistance, and that sometimes, though not always, those consultants may be very good at what they do, it is also true that although the advice they offer you is “free,” they definitely are not working for “free” and their primary allegiance and obligation is to their employer.

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When do I need an Interior Designer?

While a good designer can help you at any stage of the design, it is most advantageous for you to begin your work with a designer at the earliest stages of the design. As with almost any process, a good plan in place as early as possible is the best route to success. Motto Interior Design can take your project from the initial point of gathering information on the requirements and needs that you have for your space, throughout conception, development, construction, purchasing and installation for every detail of your project – all the way to completion, the final result that shows the great result of a plan well thought out and well executed from the initial ideas to the final details.

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What should I have at our first meeting for my project?

  • Collect clippings from magazines and photos of items and decors that appeal to you. Or the link to your Pinterest Boards of your ideas
  • Think about colors, styles and effects you like.
  • Have an idea of what you want to accomplish, what the room or house should do for you when finished.
  • Know your objective and lifestyle needs.
  • Establish a ideal time frame in which you would like to work
  • Have a budget in mind and be honest about it with your designer. Having a ball park figure is a good start.

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Every client-designer relationship requires the right fit. The first step is to book an initial consultation where we will review your project goals, and what it looks like to work with us.

 

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