August 6, 2017

When renovating our house, Kalvin and I carefully chose our interior design. We intentionally took our sweet time to meet several designers before settling down with one team. It felt so much like looking for a date for us: we had to be sure we found just the right match. Today, I am thinking to share my points to tackle before signing the contract.


The first question to ask and consider is the process of designing a space. This is very important in order to ensure that our expectations in terms of practices and timelines are a good match. Posing this question when meeting your soon-to-be designers will help to determine if their work style can easily meld with your future plans, and also in order to consider the transparency process and communication strategy.


It is a common knowledge but I think it is worth mentioning again and again: choose a designer whose style matches yours. Designs are not math. There is no formula, only preferences. Designers normally have their unique, individual styles that it might be better not to be stretched too far. Finding a designer whose style matches yours will certainly make your communication much easier.


…But still, hire a designer that has a good flexibility. Remember that it is your house – and you are entitled to have a say on what goes where. A good designer has his or her own ideas and styles of a house, but the best designer is open for any suggestion, concern, or thought. It is important to find someone who is easy to work with.


All projects have a formal contract. It includes the payment terms for services rendered and the phases that go along with the project. Ask for their detailed terms and read the contract and payment schedule carefully and thoroughly.

After all of these points are checked, designing a house should be more fun because you have the basic covered. So scroll through your Pinterest, dream a lot, and have fun!

Photo by Niccolas Gideon

Interior designed by Monoform


  1. I like that you mentioned to find a designer who will be flexible with their designs and idea. I want him or her to have a good solid plan, but it is my home, and I want to have the final say. It makes sense that you would want to choose somebody who will be able and willing to work with you and your ideas. I am trying to redecorate my house, and I have been looking for an interior designer. This is a quality I will definitely be looking for.

  2. I like how you suggested taking style into consideration when choosing an interior designer. You probably have very specific tastes when it comes to style, and you want your home to feel like your space. Finding someone with the right style to match your own would be important when choosing someone who will be helping you create that space.