Window Treatment Designer: Things to Consider
Decorating a home is an exciting adventure for many homeowners. Whether they want to feel energized in a craft room or laundry area, or if they want a master bedroom that says “relax” every time they walk into the room, selecting the right decor and the right window treatment designer are two keys that can make it all happen.
Why Hire a Window Treatment Designer
While many homeowners feel they can design at least some areas of their home on their own, it’s not uncommon for them to reach out for professional assistance to complete some of the more challenging decor projects. In the case of window treatments, homeowners often turn to design professionals to ensure the finishing touches of a room receive a professional polish, while also addressing some of the more practical aspects of installing window treatments including:
- Accurate measuring to ensure a proper fit
- Working with non-uniform and/or difficult window styles
- Ensuring hardware is level and securely installed with minimal disruption to walls, trim, etc.
The Interview Process for a Window Treatment Designer
One of the most important things to do before actually hiring a window treatment designer is to have a one-on-one consultation in your own home before committing to any one designer. It’s really important to get your questions answered upfront, to ensure the designer you select is on the same page as you, the homeowner, in terms of style, cost, and the timeframe in which you want the project completed. During the interview process, it’s important to discuss questions such as:
- How many rooms and how many windows comprise the scope of the project?
- Do you have a style in mind or are you looking for suggestions from the designer?
- When do you want your window treatment project to be completed?
- What type of budget did you set aside for your window treatment project?
How to Handle the “What Ifs” with a Window Treatment Designer
The Deadline — What if you think you’ve found the perfect window treatment designer in terms of cost and style, but the designer you want politely informs you that your project deadline is unrealistic? It may be that after interviewing other designers, they all agree that your deadline is unrealistic as well. In that case, you may have to adjust your expectations, or you could offer a bonus to your favorite designer to see if they would be willing to complete the project within your deadline.
The Costs — What if you love all the suggestions from a particular designer, and they can easily meet your deadline, but the total cost of the project is simply above your expectations? In this case, you may want to consider decreasing the size of your project. Select the rooms where you need window treatments the most and set aside those rooms you can address at a later date when you have the funds.
The Style — What if a friend highly recommends a certain designer, but during your interview with them, the prospective designer kept steering you to a style for which you clearly said you weren’t a fan? Or perhaps they gave the subtle impression that either your project, your home, or your decor simply didn’t measure up to their “standards.”
If this is the case, then this designer is likely not the designer for you. You don’t want to hire a designer who is going to leave you with window treatments you don’t love! And as everyone knows, the premiere sign of a truly amazing designer is one that can take on a project or a home that may be somewhat humble in nature and turn it into a beautiful, amazing vision of your personal artistry.
Are you looking to partner with someone who listens to your ideas? Do you need someone who can add their own level of professional expertise to turn your window treatment project into a smashing success? We can help! Please contact us today for a personal consultation.