FAQ

1. Do I have to use a Designer’s services for everything, or just as needed?

Every Designer works differently. We are happy to work with you as a consultant and you can either use us for the entire process, or simply for consulting and advice, allowing you to make your own purchases.

2. Do you work with any particular style(s)?

We work with many different styles and prefer to help each client create their own signature style. Although styles vary, the common thread through all our projects is a clean, uncluttered look.

3. Why do I need an Interior Designer if I already have an Architect?

Architects and Interior Designers work very differently. Most Architects work with structure and building design and prefer not to work with details of interiors, such as kitchen and bath design, custom cabinetry and built-ins, color schemes, flooring specifications, and wall and window treatments. Designers can create a master plan for the interior of your entire home or office, which can be implemented in stages, as your budget allows. The ideal design team consists of both an Architect and an Interior Designer in order to cover all aspects of your internal and external spaces.

4. How do I know if I need an interior designer?

You may have little or no free time to coordinate and shop for home decor items and you feel completely overwhelmed by the number of choices available. You’ve torn out photos of rooms you like, but are unsure of how to coordinate some of the elements. You’re very creative but don’t know where to start with your current decorating project. Perhaps you’ve tried to decorate your home and have purchased a few nice items, but really need help pulling it all together. You thought decorating was supposed to be fun and this isn’t fun!

5. What is the difference between an “interior designer” and “interior decorator” and why does it matter to me?

To use the designation “interior designer”, a person must be licensed by the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners. In the interior design field, licensing equals a quality education and proven practical experience, as well as creativity and talent. What does this mean to you? Interior Reflections pledges to adhere to a strict code of ethics and standards. When you hire us, you are the beneficiary of the wealth of knowledge, years of experience and fresh, new intelligent ideas that only a professional can offer.

6. I’ve never worked with an interior designer before – how do they work?

There’s good news– the design process IS fun! Yes, it is a serious endeavor and can’t be undertaken without forethought. However, clients tell us time and again how easy and simple the whole design process was from start to fabulous finish. It is our mission to save you time and money by preventing the costly decorating mistakes of the past. With your own individual design plan in hand, you will have one of the most powerful tools we provide in achieving the beautiful and comfortable results you want. Whether you need a one time design consultation, have a large project in mind or your plans are somewhere in between –Interior Reflections can help! The first step is to meet with you, ask questions and then listen. We will also take the time to introduce ourselves and let you know how our expertise can best serve you. Then we will map out a design plan for today and the future based on your needs and your budget. You are in control regarding how involved you would like to be in the design process. Some of our clients just need direction and want our creative suggestions and ideas for their home. They prefer to do the legwork. Other clients want and understand the value of an effortless turnkey design. With your vital input, we can develop the overall design plan and help establish a budget and time frame for the completion of your project. We have found that communication, trust and mutual respect are key ingredients in every successful designer-client relationship.

7. We are thinking of re-modeling our existing home or we may decide to build a new home. How can you help us in either event?

Before you get started with your remodeling investment, ask us to review your space planning needs, lighting design, kitchen layouts and/or bathroom renovations. Interior Reflections can recommend new products, styles, colors and designs that can enhance your project. Maybe you have some great ideas and you want to have quality work done but don’t have your own list of reliable workmen, installers, and resources. Perhaps you want someone else to be responsible for ordering, shipping, coordinating, and installing. Should you opt to build a new home, you may need professional design assistance in choosing the right colors, finishes and products that will endure for years to come. We can also help if you are thinking that any interior specifications should be changed before building begins. Interior Reflections offers 20 years of proven experience working with clients and their builders.

8. I’m really excited ….. Let’s get started! What do I need to do for our first visit together?

It’s really simple. Gather together your favorite ideas including color and style preferences. Chances are you have already started a collection of inspiring photos from magazines and books. Perhaps you’ve toured model homes and came away with a bevy of fresh ideas to put on your wish list. Did you see a room setting here on our site that caught your eye? Show us anything and everything that makes you happy and resonates within you. Go through your selections with any other decision-makers in your home. If there are differences in opinion, bring up those issues during our visit, so we offer a creative compromise. Decide how the living spaces you’re focusing on will be used. Develop your own list of priorities for the overall project. We have found that having a budget in mind and a time frame for completion in advance really helps set the stage for honest and open communication. Interior Reflections promises you will be delighted with our creative solutions on our very first visit!

9. Do you charge for your first meeting?

No, the first meeting is complimentary and is an opportunity for both parties to meet and evaluate the scope of the work, review the Designer’s portfolio, and discuss compensation.

10. What types of design services do you provide?

We provide a self-help design service. Check the “WHAT YOU GET” tab above to see examples of a floor plan, a mood board, a shopping/resource list, and a sample board.

11. Is there a limit to the amount of rooms I can have designed?

No, we are able to design more than one room at a time. This can be a very good idea if you want to create a good visual flow from one room to the other.

12.Will you recommend accessories for my room?

Absolutely, accessories can be the final touch to pull a room together. Depending on what you already have, our selections may include art, vases, cushions, throws etc. We will also recommend the placement of such pieces.

13.Can I choose a design style for the room?

Yes! Within the Lifestyle Questionnaire, you will be asked to select a picture from a variety of styles to indicate what you like. In addition you will be asked to upload your own image of a room that you find inspiring. There are also lots of questions on the form about your colour, texture, and pattern preferences.

14.What is your definition of a room?

A room is any space contained with 3-4 walls. It may be your home, cottage or office. Common choices for this service are: Living room, Family Room, Media Room, Dining Room, Bedroom, Home Office, Entryway/Foyer, Laundry Room.

15.Are there any rooms that you don’t design?

There is no such rooms that we don’t design, we do design for kitchen, bathroom or structural renovations.

16.I would like to keep some of my existing furniture. Can you use them in the design?

Absolutely! We do not want you to waste pieces that you love. When you complete the Lifestyle Questionnaire you will be asked to upload an image of the piece, give a brief description and measurements. We will incorporate it into the design.

17.Are the floor plans to scale?

Yes our floor plans are drafted at standard scale for architectural drawings, furniture is also placed in the drawings to scale.

18.My budget is tight. Will I have to spend a lot to implement your design?

You will be asked to give a budget on the Lifestyle Questionnaire. When giving your answer, consider whether this as what you want to spend NOW, or what you would like to spend over the next year. Budget is the whole point of this service. If you want to start with one or two purchases… or work in phases then you can…remember YOU ‘direct’ the project. We take your budget seriously.

19.I am nervous about placing an order with an on line interior design company and getting a plan that I love, can I talk to a live person?

Of course you can! Please feel free to call us on our toll free number at 01922404040.,01919040506. We will take calls 9:30-5:30 Saturday to Thursday. You are welcome to leave a message at other times and we will call you back the next business day. We are more than happy to talk with you about your design project before you place your order. We pride ourselves on great customer service.

20. Do I really need an interior designer for my project?

Only you can decide whether or not you need an interior designer. But, proper planning eliminates costly re-work. There is more value in experience than in inexperience, and since interior designers have worked on many projects, they can provide solutions which may not have occurred to you. You can definitely benefit from their objective viewpoint, and they can offer guidance about products which are new or specific to your needs.

21. What is the difference between an interior decorator and an interior designer?

Since there is no education required to provide interior decorating services, interior decorators may or may not have formal training. They focus on selecting products based on aesthetics. Many decorators simply “have a knack or flair” for creating pleasant interior settings. Decorators may not be familiar with applicable building and life safety codes. Interior designers are trained in the technicalities of design–spatial relationships, efficiency adjacencies, building and life safety codes, traffic flow, product performance qualities, furniture layouts, project specific lighting and electrical requirements, acoustics, and color psychology. Interior designers are educated, experienced, and tested for competency in the art and science of interior design. They also address the aesthetics of the project. Interior designers are, for the most part, graduates of 4 or 5 year curriculums in interior design. There are some exceptions to this, so before you hire an interior designer, ask about credentials.

22. When do I need to involve an interior designer in my project?

The earlier the better. Interior designers can interview the client and help develop the course of action required for personalized design solutions. They can create “footprints” which reflect the spatial relationships and required project adjacencies; they can develop project specifications; and they can engage other professionals required to complete the project. This process eliminates confusion and saves the client money by assuring that all tradesmen are providing “apples to apples” pricing.

23. What services do interior designers provide?

Our interior designers provide data gathering/programming (determining exactly what is needed); problem solving; space planning; furniture specifications and layouts; finish specifications and schedules; technical drawings (blueprints, elevations, schematics, perspectives, etc); electrical and acoustical planning; circulation and lighting analysis; barrier-free and code compliant design solutions; product purchasing and installation services; and project management/oversight.

24. What does an Interior Designer do?

Interior Design is not to be confused with Interior Decoration. Interior Design is designing the internal structure and layout of buildings to suit the new use the client requires it for. Interior Decoration is putting together a colour scheme including all the materials and furnishings to complete an interior. An Interior Designer will include this aspect in the above.

25.How do I choose an Interior Designer?

There are many people calling themselves Interior Designers who are not qualified but may have a natural flair for putting colours and material together i.e. an interior decorator. A good Interior Designer will have spent 4 years at University. The course they will have studied is now called Interior Architecture, which combines the structural elements of a building with decoration. This is not to be confused with an Interior Design course which studies Interior Decoration. After University the designer will seek to join a good Interior Design Company. So first check the Interior Designer’s qualification and secondly look at past projects they have been involved in.

26.Why should I use an Interior designer?

An Interior Designer will have a wealth of experience to bring to your project, which will ensure costly mistakes are avoided, problems overcome and the job runs smoothly. In the case of commercial work an Interior Designer will have experience in how various business are operated which can be applied to the project. They will also be up-to-date with trends and fashions and will have a wide knowledge of materials and finishes available. An interior designer will also be aware of the competition surrounding each individual commercial project and therefore produce a cutting edge scheme pushing it to the forefront of the competition.

27.How does an Interior Designer approach a project?

The Interior Designer will have a meeting with the Client to discuss the project. All aspects and requirements will be discussed and the designer will then come up with a concept package. When this is agreed the Interior Designer will then work with the Architect, Engineer and others who will form the Design Team, to translate the concept into working drawings and finally into reality.

28.What will be included in the Interior Design Drawings?

The drawings will include: All main structural details. The Architects drawings will form the starting point for the Interior Designer who will then transform the “shell” of the building into a concept drawing to be discussed with the Client and followed by the completed drawings. Positions of lighting and electrical including specifications. In the case of Bar & Restaurants construction details for counters, seating and other elements would be included. Details of all suppliers whose materials and services are required. Specification of all finishes and furniture including samples etc.

29. How early can we start work-at-site from the day of commissioning the designer?

It is in the interest of the client, to let the designer freeze most of the paper work, identify the materials to be used, as much as the respective contractors, before starting the actual site work. It is better than trying to hurry up initially and then increasing upon the costs due to the subsequent delays in work and the ever-changing layouts.

30. How long will it take for the project to complete?

Completion of the project depends upon various factors like the scope of work, complexity of the design, your own ability to make decisions using choices provided by the designer, level of planning done before actual construction, time at your disposal and flow of money.

31. How can the designer help me in procurement of the materials?

Material procurement is something that we leave to our clients. However, if desired, we can assist the client in procuring quality material at the best possible price. Either way, we operate strictly on a fee-to-service basis and pass on all professional discounts and commissions to our clients, therefore protecting the clients’ interests at all times.

32. How does the designer go about the initial consultations?

At a retention fee, which is adjusted in the actual fee amount, we take up the site measurement, come up with options for the basic plan and hold initial meetings with the client so as to enable ourselves to know each other better. This also helps us to arrive at the final estimated cost, which is based on the client’s brief and requirement. Our fee is generally an amount decided by us in lump sum rather than as percentage, so as to avoid any kind of influence on the total project cost.

33. Can cost be determined before the beginning of a project?

Certainly. There are two ways of achieving this. We’ve developed our own hands-on system to take the guesswork out of interior design budgeting. Using a systematic approach, all the items of work are clearly specified, quantified and budgeted. Prior to the starting of the project, we provide the client a final cost estimate. In a scenario, where there is a limited budget, we can always work backwards and create the best possible design solution within the given cost. We are always sensitive to our clients’ budgets.