Interior Design FAQs

How much will my project cost?

That all depends on how much you would like to invest in your interiors. What are your expectations? We’ll help you to think about function and how it will continue to look over time. It’s worth considering: How many times do you want to buy the “right” furnishings?

Also, projects can be broken into manageable “chunks”—creating seamless design one room at a time.

There’s a distinct financial benefit to working with a designer: We can help you make informed choices and avoid costly mistakes.

What if I need contractors?

Redux Interior Design offers quality contractors to get the job done right. We have a fantastic, time-tested list of qualified vendors and contractors.

How will you specify the right products?

This is our area of expertise! We’ll get to know you, learn your needs, and then specify the right product for the right application. As a professional with experience, education and examination (NCIDQ), a licensed designer is knowledgeable in specifying furniture, finishes, fabrics, flooring, lighting and artwork as well as adept in problem solving and space planning.

Will I see the value of working with a professional interior designer?

Yes. Well organized and thoughtful design creates a relaxing, functional and endlessly pleasing environment. A well-designed space feels effortless and “right” to the inhabitants. And, from a functional perspective, working with an interior designer exposes you to new products and new solutions.

Will I lose control of the design or the budget?

The process begins with an in-depth conversation about the space, who uses it and how you use it. We discuss likes and dislikes. Every step of the way, you are involved and aware of budget. You make all the final decisions.

I’m afraid it will be too expensive, or that I will get stuck with a room I won’t like.

Working with a licensed designer can save you money by helping you to allocate resources wisely, eliminate decorating mistakes, and increase creative thinking.

And we know you’ll love the final result because you are involved every step of the way. It’s our job to provide great options and help you make the right selections and decisions for your lifestyle and taste.

That being said, a good professional interior designer will push you to expand your aesthetic boundaries. Our clients say that it’s the most exciting and rewarding part of interior design.

Will a designer try to get me to buy things I can’t afford?

A realistic budget is your best friend. We have knowledge of furniture construction and can advise on the best product for the appropriate function. Some items may have a higher up-front cost but will have a lower life-cycle cost—which makes them a better solution.

A good designer will help you choose the right pieces for your project, save you time and money by providing sound interior design advice, and help you to allocate your resources wisely.

How do I know the difference between professional interior designers? What do I look for?

In the state of Illinois, anyone can call themselves an interior designer. With this in mind, it is important to know what you’re getting for your hard-earned dollar. Look for a licensed designer that can verify their qualification.

NCIDQ certified designates that you are working with a professional with proven knowledge, experience and proficiency in the latest interior design principles and practices, contract documents and administration and decision-making skills. ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) and IIDA (International Interior Design Association) are professional organizations with different levels of qualifying membership.

How does an interior designer make money?

There are many different ways interior designers charge. In most situations designers make money on an hourly design fee (design time) and products they sell (procurement services).

We do this because the design is only a portion of the whole look. The other part is ordering the right products from a larger furnishings pool and assuming all the ordering details and responsibilities.

Shopping for the cheapest designer isn’t always going to save you money. An experienced designer may charge more but take less time to design and offer a larger selection of resources. Look for the designer that is right for you.

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