Frequently Asked Questions
It is an art and science of creating functional spaces in a built environment by applying creative and technical solutions which are attractive and beneficial to the occupant’s quality of life.
Why should I hire an interior designer?
It helps homeowners to avoid making unwise decisions when it comes to their choice of furniture, lighting, materials, etc. for their homes. An Interior designer can see and conceptualise the big picture to advise you on an appropriate design style to meet your needs and budget.
More importantly, they have the necessary connections and skill sets to help you monitor your home design progress so that you can avoid any miss communications or miss-match in terms of colors, lighting, furniture, soft furnishings and other crucial details from happening. This will lead to unnecessary loss of time and money which can be avoided by hiring a professional.
At the end of the day, good design matters. It has improved our overall quality of life as seen in things around us like the computer, smartphone, electricity, MRT system and our airport.
When should I consider an interior designer?
1) When you are contemplating buying or building a new house…
2) When you plan a major addition to your home…
3) When you want to renovate or remodel your living space…
4) Whenever you need to relate interior design considerations to an existing or yet to be formulated architectural plan.
5) When your lifestyle is about to change, such as working from your home…
6) When your residence will be used for occasional social functions…
7) When your expanding family needs to “reorganize” space allocations…
8) When you have elderly parents living with you…
9) Whenever you need full project coordination.
10) When you like a variety of styles but are not sure how to group them together…
11) When your current furniture arrangement requires an infusion of inspiration…
12) When you feel the collectibles you own and love require more attention…
13) When your rooms need new drapes, floor coverings, furniture and accessories…
14) Whenever you feel that you need professional guidance.
What should you know before contacting an interior designer? (or how to work with one?)
1) Browse magazines or the internet (eg. Pinterest and Instagram) to collect photos of items and decors that catches your attention.
2) Think about styles, colors and effects that you want.
3) Know what you want to accomplish, what the room or house should do for you when finished.
4) Should it be formal or casual, traditional or contemporary, minimalist or luxurious?
5) Figure out your objective and lifestyle needs. Taking into consideration of future additions to your family if you are married. Are your parents going to stay with your family?
6) Establish a time frame in which you would like to start work
1) Letting the designer know your budget will give him or her an idea of what can be done to meet your objectives.
2) For a new (empty) private properties, you can calculate about 25% of its purchase price.
3) For existing space, consult an interior designer for a fair budget estimate by filling up the Enquiry form on our Contact Us page
What should I ask at the first meeting?
1) Ask for the interior designer's portfolio to get a sensing of what they can accomplish for you. However, you should remember that the illustrations presented to you may not be a true reflection of the designer’s actual ideas but rather what the client wants which may not be what you want.
2) Ask what are the size of the projects that the interior designer has worked on, where, and what was the budget range like.
3) Ask how the established budget will be handled, and the kind of payment schedules the designer requires.
4) Ask about the types of service the designer can provide.
5) Ask for a list of references.
What happens at the first consultation?
A highly qualified interior designer will visit your home or office for an in-depth interview to identify your design objectives and outline the steps needed to accomplish them. This first meeting usually lasts 30 minutes to an hour.
At the first meeting, we will:
1) Measure and photograph areas to be designed.
2) Create a room by room list of necessary construction, furniture, colors and accessory needs.
3) Compile client's existing materials that will not change.
What if the designer imposes their ideas instead of getting my personal taste?
Consulting with an interior designer is not about imposing ideas or personal taste onto a client, but rather how a client and designer can work together to create a space that is not only aesthetically pleasing but functional as well.
What is your fee schedule?
1) 10% of Contract Sum upon confirmation
2) 45% of Contract Sum upon commencement of work
3) 40% of Contract Sum upon commencement of measurement for carpentry works
4) 5% of Contract Sum upon Completion (Hand Over of unit)