Frequently Asked Questions
At DesignWud, we usually come across a lot of common questions regarding Interior design, how we work and professional fee. So here we attempted to provide brief explanations for various frequently asked questions.
FAQs regarding Interior designs, Home decor, consultation fee & pricing
While discussing their project with designer, generally the first thing, people ask -“What are the charges for Interior design & consultation?” . Actually, there can’t be a simple thumb rule to predict this. It is important to understand that there is no one yard stick, which can dictate fee for interior designing. It depends upon many factors.
What are the charges for Interior design & consultation?
Scope of Interior design vary from project to project. It might be Interiors for a humble residence, office, retail showroom or restaurant. Every project has different set of requirements and need a different design approach. Commercial interiors like that’s of restaurants, clubs, retail showrooms, fitness centres or hotels are often more complex than residential interiors. While residential interiors are governed majorly by client’s aesthetic taste, commercial interiors must take its ultimate users into consideration. For commercial projects, Interior design has its major impact upon ultimate user experience which in turn affect business in long run.
In Residential or simple office projects, usually there is lump sump charges quoted as per area under work scope. For commercial projects, it is usually based upon fixed percentage of total cost of interior work or rate per sq ft of Interior project area.
Fee for Interior design also depend upon how much assistance, you require from your designer. Few clients want full involvement of designer from beginning to end of project with detailed drawing, specification, material selection and multiple site visits. The other hand, few want a couple of consultation with a simple interior layout and illustration as reference. So, Fee structure also depend upon kind of services, you are looking from your designer.
General scope: Interior design services:
- Client discussion and understanding of project requirement.
- Site visit.
- Preparation of draft sketch plan and subsequent client discussion.
- Final Interior Plan with furniture layouts after approval upon Draft design.
- Furniture/ interior Details and material specifications.
- Assistance in selection and procurement of furnishing items, wallpapers, artefacts etc.
- Assistance in selection of contractors and contract negotiation.
- Preparation of tender document (For commercial projects).
- Guidance and instructions to contractor as per requirement.
- Bill of quantities and execution planning and scheduling.
For more information for consultation charges, get in touch with us at DesignWud- Top Interior designer in Delhi NCR to discuss your project. If you have any budget constraints or specific requirement, we will customize our work scope accordingly.
This is a common confusion among common peoples- “What are the key Differences between Interior designer & Interior decorator ?” Though from a non-technical perspective, both of two terms Interior designer and Interior Decorator looks same. While in fact, there is considerable difference between two terms. So how to differentiate between two. Let’s know how two terms differ?
What are the key Differences between Interior designer & Interior decorator ?
Qualification is a key difference; An Interior designer is a qualified professional either as an Architect or Interior designer from a legally recognized institution. Apart from academic qualification, he or she should also have gone through practical internship/ training under some experienced professional. In contrast, an Interior decorator is not necessarily a qualified person by education and training. He or she may be anyone either by virtue or by hobby.
Most people think Interior designing is just as a selection and combination of materials, colours, artefacts and other miscellaneous décor elements. In fact, this holds only a part truth, Interior designing also incorporate various building elements like its sub structure and services. An Interior designer must have sound understanding about various services like electrical, plumbing, firefighting or HVAC, which are essential part of any building now a day. Any unqualified person acting as an interior designer or decorator can cause a great harm to any building and its occupant owing to his or her ignorance about building system.
So, Interior designing is not just about furniture & furnishing, wall coloures and decoration but it holds a technical value too. Every project has a different set of requirements. As an example, Interior design for a hospital is completely different from that of hotel. The same way it is for a retail showroom and restaurant. Inside an office, a good Interior design can tremendously boost workers output, while in restaurant or shop it can attract a good customer footfall.
So, in short, the basic difference between an Interior designer and decorator lies in technical competence. An Interior designer is a qualified professional while an Interior decorator is simply someone doing it as a hobby or a living means.
Why should i pay for Interior design, when Retail/ Furniture store offering it free?
Usually people wonder and even ask us- “Why should i pay for Interior design, when Retail/ Furniture store offering it free?”. What is the difference between free vs paid Interior designing services. So from a designer point of view, What are their respective pros and cons and why you should not go for it?
There is nothing like free service-
There is an old saying “If you pay peanuts you get monkeys”. Now a day every retail and furniture store offering free interior designing services to woo customers towards them. Most of them employ a junior inexperienced interior designer to do this task for you. Who is obviously inclined towards selling of their own inventory, rather than your welfare. They have little inclination or interest to provide good interior solution to you according to your needs and budget.
After sales service-
Most people’s looking for full interior services are often one time customer, so after a deal is done, any retail store has little interest left in them. Additionally, there is no personal relations involved in case of dealing with them. Most of peoples working in stores are just employees, who keep changing their jobs on routine basis like it happens in any other industries. So what is the drawback, if unfortunately any complication arise later, there is minimal chance of getting any assistance.
Unbiased Professional Advice-
There are very low chances of getting an honest advice regarding your queries from designer at Furniture/ retail store. Interior designer at will always be biased towards selling his own products. There are innumerable material options available in market for each category and whatever is designer at one particular store is recommending you based upon his own interest, may not be the best option for you.
In contrast, an independent professional designer usually not involved in any kind of direct selling except providing referrals. So, he is in more probability to give you unbiased recommendation for various products or materials. He will patiently listen to your requirements and suggest the best things from his own experience. Every professional, if getting paid optimally for his service, want to give one’s best towards his work. Because it contributes also to his professional credentials.
If Designer’s fee worth of it??
A civil or Interior project demand huge expenditure and efforts. There is hardly any scope for rectification once it done. A bad design will not just cause wastage of resource and space, but it will create inconvenience for you for its whole life time. Most of the peoples are unable to understand the fact that a designer’s fee is just a fraction of total project expenditure and an honest experienced designer can save you a lot more by suggesting a right material and optimum design.
We tried to explain Why you should pay for Designer’s efforts. Still you have any confusion or want more clarifications? Please get in touch and discuss with us. For a quick consultation, you can always come to our office with a prior intimation.
A lot of peoples usually ask- Why do we need an interior designer? Who is he and what he actually do? How we can choose for a good interior designer. So there is a brief explanation from a designer point of view to guide you.
Who is Interior Designer?
An Interior Designer is one who has a technical qualification either as an Architect or Interior designer from recognized institution. The person who has gone through academics as well as practical internship in the field of Architecture and Interior designing.
Interior designer understands the principals of space planning, visual aesthetics and effects of built environment on living psychology. How an enclosed space affect our psyche and behavior. How the object should be proportioned as per human scale. He or she know keep in touch of latest happening s in field of interior design, color trends, building materials, furniture and furnishing.
Why do we need an interior designer?
Through the years of practical professional experience, an interior designer learns a lot through his experiments and even from mistakes. He became expert in efficient space planning and how to facilitate an easy circulation between spaces. There are a lot of factors which relate to ID, like Lighting design. A good lighting design is not only good for your eyes but it also uplifts your mood. An interior designer design not only for present but future needs also.
Everyone wants his home/ office as something unique, which can impress others. Market now a day is overwhelmed with choices of materials, which differ widely in terms of prices and specifications. The job of an Interior designer is to assist client in making an informed decision keeping balance of budget and specifications.
How to select an Interior Designer?
There is no easy way to recognize a good interior designer. The most usual way to ask about his or her past work/ achievements. You can also ask for references for whom he or she has worked with. The other way is to ask a lot of questions, even if you know the answers. An experienced interior designer should be able to respond without hesitation. he will not force his opinion upon you, but first patiently listen to you before giving his views.