Whether you’re tasked with creating an inviting space for your office or retail store, or you need to come up with a unique design for your restaurant, hiring the right commercial interior designer is essential. But before you start interviewing potential designers, it’s important to know exactly what questions you should be asking so that you can identify the best fit for your project. An experienced interior design team, like the one here at iSpace Office Interiors, will often expect clients to have questions. So, here are seven of them to ask when hiring a commercial interior designer.
7 Questions to Ask Commercial Interior Designers
1. What Experience Do You Have?
The obvious first question—but definitely worth asking! Ask the designer about their experience in designing commercial spaces and make sure they have experience in the kind of space you’re looking to create. It’s also important to inquire about their education; many interior designers have degrees in interior design-related fields, while others may have taken additional courses related to commercial design. You want to make sure that whoever you hire has the necessary education and experience for the job.
2. How Many Projects Have You Completed?
It’s also important to ask how many projects the designer has completed successfully in the past. A good designer should be able to give examples of previous projects they’ve completed and explain why those particular designs worked well for each space. This will help give you an idea of what kind of design approach they take and whether or not it aligns with your own vision for your space.
3. Do You Have a Design Portfolio?
Your next step should be asking for references or a portfolio of previous work that could potentially include pictures, videos, etc., which will allow them to show off their skills and give you an idea of what kind of style they specialize in. This is especially helpful if they don’t have much experience designing commercial interiors yet—a strong portfolio can demonstrate that they have the appropriate skillset even without extensive professional experience.