There are a lot of things to consider when trying to find fashionable and lasting window treatments for your home. Just getting the perfect colour, shape, and style can be challenging – add in cost, safety, and longevity, and you can have a real conundrum on your hands.
Having a professional help you pick and install your window treatments can make the whole process easier and more enjoyable. You’ll likely end up happier with your final result, too. But what can you do to make sure that your experience is as fun and rewarding as possible?
Create a gallery of things you love. You don’t have to know all the design terminology if you can show your designer exactly what you like. Even if you are not married to any particular look, compile a collection of images with the kind of aesthetics you find appealing so that you and your designer have somewhere to start. If you are not remodeling the whole room, try to find pictures that have a similar style to what you are working with.
Check out your designer’s portfolio. Once you have a rough idea of the kind of look you are going for, check out your designer’s past work. You want to work with someone who has a sense of style you like. Good designers will be flexible, but if you really love the particular flair of a certain designer, you’ll likely have a more positive experience working with him/her.
Have the money discussion. No one wants to be faced with surprise costs or hidden fees. Designers can be remarkably affordable, but it’s always important to discuss budgets and fee structures early in the process. When costs are manageable and predictable, you’ll have less anxiety about the process, and your designer will be happy knowing that you’re not overstretched.
Get everyone on the same page. Clear communication is crucial to the success of any project. Therefore, it’s best if all parties involved – whether they be significant others or business partners – agree on the budget and prioritize their needs for the new window treatments. All decision-makers should attend the meetings with the design professional and agree on the decisions made. Keeping lines of communication open between all those involved in the project will not only help the project go faster, but ensure that there is less confusion and reduce the number of redos.
Have some faith. It can be difficult, sometimes, to see exactly your designer’s vision. Sometimes their suggestions may seem odd, or off-putting, but don’t stress. You hired a professional for a reason, so while you should be upfront with any concerns you may have, it’s important to keep an open mind and consider their suggestions fairly. You may end up with something you never would have envisioned at the outset – but you may love it more than you ever could have imagined!