Free Interior Design Consultation: What to Expect and How to Prepare
By Mikael Short
February 22, 2022
An interior designer can help you to envision and plan for your home remodel or renovation, and it all starts with an initial interior design consultation.
At this first meeting, your designer will ask you questions about the vision and scope of your project. The consult is also a way for you to see if the designer is a good fit for your project.
When you first meet with an interior designer, we recommend taking a few simple steps to ensure your design consultation will be efficient and effective in putting a blueprint together for your home redesign project.
What is an Interior Design Consultation?
An interior design consultation is the first meeting you have with an interior designer so they can get to know you and your redesign plans better. You also get to know your designer’s experience as well. They can be in person or over a virtual meeting.
In the initial consultation, your interior designer will ask you about your desired style and aesthetic, your budget, your project timeline, and what functionality you want to keep or change about your home. The point is to get a general idea of the project in order to set up a quote to achieve your redesign goals with that particular designer.
With Vevano Home, one of our expert interior designers will meet with you for 30 minutes in a virtual design consultation. They will discuss the scope and needs of your project so they can put together a quote to put your plan into action through high-end design services.
What is the Interior Design Consultation Fee?
Interior designers use a variety of different pricing structures, either charging per hour or a flat rate. The same may be said for their design consultation fees. The average range for an interior design consultation is about $150 to $200, though it could be more or less depending on their experience.
With Vevano Home, your design consultation is free! We don’t charge a fee for the initial consultation. Since your design consultation will be done virtually, there’s much more flexibility in scheduling and you don’t have to worry about paying a travel fee to bring your interior designer to your home.
How to Prepare For Your Consultation
To make sure you’re prepared with the information and resources that will help your designer better understand your redesign project, here’s what Vevano Home designers recommend you prepare before your design consultation:
1. Inspiration Photos & Mood Boards
Look through home magazines or websites and collect images of what your preferred design style is so you can show your designer how you’d love your home to look and function, whether that’s your kitchen, bathroom, or other space. This helps your designer get a feel for your personal aesthetic.
A mood board would also be an effective way to compile different visuals to create the aesthetic you want, from colors, materials, furniture, art, appliances, etc.
2. Photos of the Space
To give the designer a lay of the land, you could provide photographs of the area you wish to redesign. Here are some tips to take photos that clearly display the room you’re remodeling:
- Utilize natural light as much as possible.
- Turn on the lights behind where the camera will be, so the light isn’t in the camera’s view but still provides lighting to the room. Avoid turning on ceiling lights in the camera frame to prevent glare.
- Level the camera at belly-button height to capture the most accurate dimensions of the space and features.
- Stand in a corner of the room that gives you the best vantage point, or where you can see the most features clearly.
- Straighten the lines of the room up with your camera so everything looks straight and level, like the floor, cabinets, or countertops. If your phone or camera has a grid function to help line things up straight, use it.
- Get a picture from each side of the room, from the same level, to give a rounded view of the room.
Alternatively, you could show your interior designer your home via the virtual call, but that’s not required. Photos would be preferred by most designers.
3. Basic Measurements
Even the most basic measurements are nice to have when first discussing your remodel with an interior designer. Knowing the dimensions—a crucial piece of planning your remodel—will help you and your designer to know what kind of space is available.
All you need is a measuring tape or app, paper, a pencil/pen, and a camera/smartphone.
Note: The dimensions do not need to be exact for your initial design consultation, though a basic idea of measurements is helpful.
All Vevano Home designers need to create a personalized rendering of what your remodel will look like are pictures and a quick sketch with basic dimensions written in.
Your interior designer will also want to have a general idea of what your budget is for the redesign. You don’t need to have specific numbers in mind yet. However, having a number that you don’t want to go over will be helpful for them to know the limits of your budget.
Do some research on how much renovations or remodels cost so you know what to expect, whether it’s a low-cost renovation or a large-budget remodel.
5. Ideal Timeline
What is your desired timeline to complete your remodel? Your interior designer will also want to have an idea of when you plan to remodel and how quickly you want to get it done.
With these resources and documentation in hand, your interior design consultation will go much smoother by providing your designer with the most applicable information needed for your redesign.
What to Expect in Your Design Consultation
After the consultation, the designer will put together and send you the exact quote for the cost of the remodel, including the retainer fee.
Retainer fees will range depending on the experience of the designer and may be priced per hour or with a flat rate per room. It will also depend on how extensive your redesign project is and where you live since big cities will carry a heftier cost than more suburban or rural areas.
With Vevano Home, interior design retainers often start at $900 per room, although it may be higher depending on the scope and extent of the project.
Most Vevano projects—even major kitchen remodels and other renovations—average around $1200 (compared to the average $5,500 cost of working with a designer!).
Ultimately, though, your design can be free when you purchase products through Vevano Home! The money spent on the retainer is applied to products purchased through Vevano Home designers. So, think of the upfront cost of the retainer as a deposit or credit toward products purchased for your project.
In a way, this could make your design services complimentary when you work with Vevano Home designers!
Once the retainer is paid, the designer begins working on the redesign project, providing concept boards, renderings, and product samples until you are happy with the blueprints to bring your renovation into reality.
From there, communication moving forward is based on what works best for you, your schedule, and who you have helping you with your redesign.
Ready to Work with an Interior Designer to See your Vision Through?
Vevano Home would be delighted to help you with your redesign by offering high-end, customized design services that are personalized to your style and needs.