About Interior Designers
What does an interior designer do?
An interior designer is a professional who helps plan and decorate the interior of a home, office, restaurant, etc. They work with clients to determine their needs and preferences, then create a design plan that meets those needs. In the process of designing interiors they must respect any budget or style constraints. Interior designers can work on new construction projects as well as renovations or updates to existing spaces. They can create detailed drawings or plans, make furniture and decoration selections and oversee the implementation process. This is important to make sure everything is in place and follows the interior design project. Some interior designers also specialise in specific areas, such as kitchen design or office design. The goal of an interior designer is to create functional, aesthetic spaces that meet the needs and desires of their clients.
Why hire an interior designer?
There are several reasons why you might consider hiring an interior designer:
- Expertise: Interior designers are trained professionals who have a deep understanding of design principles. Second, they understand space planning and the various elements that contribute to functional and pleasing interiors. Interior designers can provide you with valuable information and recommendations that you may not have considered.
- Time saving: Designing and decorating a space can be a time-consuming process, especially if you have a busy schedule. An interior designer can handle all aspects of an interior design project.
- Reduced stress: Decorating and design decisions can be overwhelming, especially if you’re not sure where to start. Your interior designer can take the stress out of the process. Therefore helping you narrow down your options and make decisions based on information provided by professionals.
- Cost efficiency: Hiring an interior designer may seem like an extra expense, but they can help you save money down the road. An experienced professional first can help you avoid costly mistakes. Secondly, they help you make the best decisions when choosing furniture fixtures, finishes and decorative accessories.
- Neat appearance: An interior designer helps you bring your space to a tidy and thoughtful level functionally and aesthetically, paying attention to detail. At the same time an interior designer helps you bring your vision to life and create a well-thought out space.
When is it recommended to hire an interior designer?
There are some common situations when it is advisable to consider hiring an interior designer:
If you are starting from scratch: If you are building a new home, or moving into a new space that needs to be fully furnished and decorated. An interior designer can help you create a cohesive design plan and help you make the best decisions considering your allocated budget.
When renovating: An interior designer can help you create a renovation plan, select finishes and decorating materials, etc. At the same time they ensure that the end result meets your needs.
If you are stuck: If you’ve tried to decorate or furnish a space on your own and have had trouble making decisions or are out of ideas. Working with an interior designer can give you new perspectives.
When you want to make a change: If your space is outdated or no longer reflects the style you want, an interior designer can help you make the changes necessary for the desired outcome.
The decision to hire an interior designer is a personal one and depends on your needs and budget. If you are looking for professional expertise. You want to save time, relieve stress, or want to streamline the implementation of your project. Hiring an interior designer is the right option for you.
How do you choose the right interior designer?
When choosing an interior designer, there are a few things to consider:
- Style: Look for a designer whose style aligns with your desired style. Often, you can get an idea of a designer’s style by looking at their portfolio.
- Experience: Consider a designer’s level of experience and the projects they’ve worked on in the past. Experienced designers have encountered more situations in their career and can make better decisions and recommend more optimal solutions.
- Personality: It’s important to choose a designer you are comfortable working with. Look for someone with whom you can communicate easily. Who is genuinely interested in helping you achieve your goals in your interior design project.
- References: Ask for references from other clients, how well he or she has met their needs.
- Location: Although interior design services can easily be done remotely, it should also be taken into consideration that in the implementation process it is recommended that the designer does site follow-up. These can be regular visits or at the client’s request. If you hire an interior designer from another location, insist on including site visits in the contract.
Why choose us for interior design?
We have almost 15 years of experience in interior design and many successfully implemented projects. We acquire the skills and expertise to bring your interior design projects to life. Our advanced knowledge of finishes and materials allows us to make informed recommendations and select the best options for your needs and budget. In addition, our extensive network of associates and other professionals can provide you with professional resources and solutions. We work with teams that are prepared to provide solutions to any issues that may arise in the implementation process. Whether you’re looking to renovate a single room or perform a large-scale retrofit, we’re confident in our ability to deliver results that exceed your expectations.
What interior design style do you propose?
As interior designers, we place a lot of emphasis on functionality and like to draw inspiration from the Bauhaus style. Above all, we believe that spaces should serve their users as well as possible. While artistic styles and trends can be found well defined in art history books, people are unique and have different habits and perceptions of beauty. That’s why we approach every design project with the goal of creating a space that is not only functional, but also tailored to the user’s individual needs and preferences. Our designs are always customised to meet the specific needs of our clients. We strive to create functional and aesthetically pleasing spaces that reflect the personality of our clients.
Can I purchase other items or finishes than what the interior designer recommended?
As interior designers, our job is to provide recommendations for materials, furnishings, furniture and finishes that match the interior design project. However, the final decision on purchase always rests with the client. If you want to buy something that was not proposed in the interior design project, we can advise you, but the final decision is yours. Changing details in the design project can affect the aesthetics and functionality of the space. In general, we suggest that you stick to the recommendations of the specialists. However, we are always open to finding solutions that meet your needs and preferences.
In which cities do you offer interior design services?
Our team is based in Berlin, Germany, but we serve clients all over the country and in Western Europe. We have been on the market since 2006 and have completed many projects in various cities. If you want to discover our projects or are looking for inspiration, please feel free to view our portfolio.
I live outside the Berlin area, can you work for me?
Yes, we can work with clients outside our area. In fact, we have experience completing interior design projects all over the country. In our interior design offer we include a quote for any travel required to your location. We also include the number of visits and hourly rate for our team. Even if you are not in the Berlin area, we can work with you to complete interior design projects. Contact us for more information or to discuss your project in detail.
How qualified is your team of interior designers?
Our team is made up of highly qualified and experienced professionals. As a team, we have nearly 40 years of experience in custom furniture design, interior design, textile design, lighting design as well as product design. We have implemented numerous interior design projects and also have extensive experience in project management. We are dedicated to providing high quality design solutions to our clients. We are committed to professional development and ensure that we are always up to date with the latest industry trends. You can trust our team’s expertise and ability to bring your interior design projects to life.
The interior design process
What are the steps when hiring an interior designer?
Hiring an interior designer usually involves the following steps:
- Initial Consultation: TWe offer a free discovery call to discuss your project and get to know each other. Following the call, you will receive a personalised offer tailored to your specific needs, including timeframes and all necessary details. If you prefer to meet at the worksite or project site, we can also arrange this on an hourly-based cost scheme. After our in-person meeting, you will receive a summary of our discussion, along with some images showcasing the proposals we discussed during our meeting, and the personalised offer.
- Design Proposal: Based on the information gathered during the initial consultation, the designer will prepare a design proposal with project timelines and cost.
- Signing the contract: If you decide to go ahead with the designer, you will sign a contract detailing the scope of the contract, the terms of execution, the project period and the payment schedule.
- Design process: The designer will develop detailed plans, which include drawings, 3D renderings and samples of materials or finishes. This process is iterative and may involve several revisions before the design is finalised.
- Implementation: Once the design is completed, the designer will work with contractors and other professionals to bring the design to life. This may involve ordering materials, coordinating implementation teams, and overseeing project progress.
What should I do before contacting an interior designer?
Before contacting an interior designer, you can prepare yourself with some very simple items. It can ensure that you can convey as much relevant information to the designer as possible. A few steps you can go through before contacting an interior designer:
- Prepare a plan, relay: sketch a plan based on your space with measurements included. This will give the designer an idea of how the space is composed and help them better understand your needs and goals.
- Destination of rooms: consider how many rooms you have and what they will be used for, what their purpose will be. This will help the designer understand your needs in terms of functionality.
- Set a budget: It is important to have an idea of your budget before you start the design process. This will help the designer understand what is feasible for you. At the same time you can ensure that you are on the same page from the start.
- Gather inspiration: Save images of interiors you like that reflect your design style. This will give the designer an indicative picture of your preferences and help them create a design that meets your needs and tastes.
- Take photos: Take a few photos of your space so the designer can better understand the partitioning and the challenges they may face.
- Consider infrastructure: Consider whether it is possible to move electrical or plumbing positions as part of the design process. This will help the designer understand any limitations or challenges.
How long is the first meeting with an interior designer?
The first meeting with an interior designer usually lasts 1-2 hours. This is a good time to have a conversation and get to know each other. The discussion will be about your project and you will go over any questions or concerns you may have. During this meeting, you can expect the designer to ask you about design preferences, functional needs, budget, and challenges or limitations that may be present in your space.
They may also ask you to share inspirational images or design ideas that you originally saved. It’s a good idea to be prepared with this information so you can make the most of the meeting. In general, the purpose of the first meeting is to get an idea of your vision and needs and to establish a foundation for a successful design process.
In which cities do you implement interior design projects?
Our team is based in Berlin, so it is convenient for us to work on local projects. However, we also serve clients all over Germany and have completed interior design projects also outside of Germany. No matter where you are located, we are happy to discuss your needs and see if we can help you with your project. We have a team of experienced designers who are ready to help you bring your vision to life, regardless of location.
How long does an interior design project take to complete?
The time it takes to complete an interior design project can vary depending on the size and complexity of the project. On average, it takes between 1 and 4 months for the design phase. The project includes 3D renderings, working drawings, selection of materials and finishes and development of the timeline in which the project is implemented. Once the design phase is completed, implementation can take from a few weeks to a few months or even up to 2 years, depending on the scope of the work. In general, the time taken to complete an interior design project can vary. A good designer will work closely with you to develop a timeline that meets your needs and fits your schedule.
How involved should I be in the interior design process as a client?
As the client, you will play an important role in the interior design process. It is your space, after all, and you will be its user, so it is important that your preferences and needs are taken into consideration. However, the extent to which you are involved in the process can vary depending on your preferences and the working style of the designer you work with. Some clients prefer to be involved in every step of the process, while others prefer to let the designer handle the details. Therefore, you decide how involved you want to be. The designer’s job is to work with you to find the balance that works best. A good designer will keep you informed and involved in key decisions. They will also respect your time and work to make the process as smooth and stress-free as possible.
How is the final design presented?
To present the final design, we usually use a combination of 3D renderings, detailed technical drawings and implementation instructions. The 3D renderings allow you to visualise the space and see how all the different elements will come together. Technical drawings give you precise information about dimensions, materials and other details. We also provide instructions for implementation, outlining the steps to bring the design to life. Overall, these tools help you make sure the final design is communicated correctly to all relevant parties. By going through these steps we can ensure that the end result is exactly what you had in mind.
What kind of projects can you do?
At MostWanted Interiors, we have experience in a variety of project types, including HoReCa (hotel, restaurant, cafe) and commercial design. Our team has a wealth of experience in creating functional, visually appealing spaces that help businesses thrive. However, we don’t just limit ourselves to commercial projects.
We also have a lot of experience in designing interiors for homes and apartments. We are trained to design comfortable, stylish spaces that reflect our clients’ personalities. No matter the type of project, we are confident that we can deliver results that exceed your expectations. Whether you need interior design for your cafe, office or a home, we’re here to help bring your vision to life.
Am I obliged to work with your teams on implementation?
You are not obligated to work with teams recommended by us. At the same time we want to ensure the best results for our clients. That’s why we recommend teams that we have worked with before and we have been assured of the quality of their services. This allows us to have confidence in their ability to deliver quality work in a timely manner. Ultimately, the decision is always up to you. We’re here to offer guidance and advice to help you make the best decisions.
Can you fully manage projects?
Yes, we can manage the entire interior design project through to implementation. From initial consultation and design concept development, to sourcing materials and finishes, to construction supervision. We ensure that the final product meets your expectations. We collaborate with and work closely with teams of professionals and ensure that all aspects of the project are properly executed. Our goal is to make the process as smooth and stress-free as possible for our clients. We pride ourselves on delivering high quality results implemented on time and within budget.
Is any project too small?
We value every project and understand that every client has unique needs and goals. We gladly work on projects of any size and complexity. We will do our best to help you achieve interior design projects for your space. Whether you want to redesign a single room or furnish your entire home or commercial space, we have the experience and expertise to make it happen. So no project is too small for us! We’re here to help you bring to life the space you’ve always wanted.
What is the biggest project I can get done?
We are able to manage projects of different types and complexity. We have experience on small residential projects as well as large commercial projects such as hotels and restaurants or shopping malls. No project is too small or too big for us. Our team is dedicated to providing the same level of attention to detail regardless of the size of the project.
Do I need a designer if I just want new furniture?
It depends on your needs and goals. If you simply want new furniture and are looking for guidance on style, colour and size, then working with an interior designer may not be necessary. However, if you want to make more significant changes to your space, such as reconfiguring the space or incorporating design elements, an interior designer can be a valuable resource. We can help you create a cohesive and functional design that takes into account your style, budget and needs.
Interior Design – Prices
Do you need a contract for interior design services?
Yes, there is a service contract for the interior design process. The contract describes the scope and terms of the project, deadlines and payment terms. It is important to review the contract carefully and ask if you have any questions about the contract.
Is it expensive to hire an interior designer?
Hiring an interior designer can vary in cost, depending on the type of project and its complexity. Factors may include the designer’s experience or reputation. Some designers charge an hourly fee, while others charge a fee based on the area to be fitted out. Charging a certain percentage of the total cost of the project is also practised. It is important to discuss prices and any additional fees to ensure you have a clear understanding of the cost. In general, hiring a designer can save time and money in the long run. It helps you avoid costly mistakes and ensures that the end result is one that meets your needs and preferences.
How can an interior designer help you save money?
An interior designer can save you money in several different ways. Firstly, they can help you make the right decisions about your choices. They make sure you invest in high-quality materials and products that will last over time. This can help you avoid costly repairs or replacements in the future. Second, a designer can help you create a functional and efficient space. Don’t invest in unnecessary objects and solutions. Finally, a designer can help you make the most of your budget. They help you get the best value for your money and avoid unnecessary spending.
Should I buy the objects and finishes proposed by you?
No, you do not have to purchase through us. However, we often have established relationships with suppliers and manufacturers and can often secure discounts or better prices on materials and fixtures. If you choose to make purchases on your own, we can provide guidance and ensure that the decisions you make are within your proposed design. Ultimately, the decision is up to you. We will work with you to find the best solution that fits within your budget.
Why is there one price for the interior design project and a separate price for project management?
The interior design fee is charged for the designer’s time and expertise in creating a design plan. Time is also added for the selection of materials and finishes in the space.
Project management is the process of overseeing and coordinating implementation, ordering materials, and ensuring the project stays on schedule and on budget. It is normal for these services to be charged separately as they involve responsibilities, travel costs, time and effort.
Other frequently asked questions
What is the difference between an interior designer and an interior decorator?
An interior designer is a trained professional in the field of interior design. He or she is responsible for creating functional and beautiful interior spaces. In addition to designing interiors, interior designers may be involved in selecting materials, finishes and furniture, as well as coordinating the implementation process.
An interior decorator focuses primarily on the decorative elements of a space, such as the choice of colour palette, fabrics and accessories. They may have some knowledge of design principles, but usually do not have the same level of professional training. Interior decorators work with clients to refresh a space. They are not usually involved in more complex design and construction operations.
What if the designer imposes their own ideas instead of considering the client’s taste?
As an interior designer, it is important to listen to the client’s preferences and needs and incorporate them into the project. It is not the designer’s job to impose their own ideas. The designer’s role should be to guide the client through the design process. It is important to help him make informed decisions that align with his personal taste and style. If at any point in the project you feel that the designer is not taking your preferences into account, it is important to communicate this and clarify any concerns you have.
Why do I need an interior designer if I already work with an architect?
Although these professions overlap in some situations, an interior designer and an architect have different roles in a project. An architect designs the overall structure and layout of a building, the placement of walls, windows and doors. They also make sure the project complies with all building regulations. An interior designer focuses on the aesthetics and functionality of the space, including the selection of finishes, materials, furniture and decor. Interior designers focus on making the project cohesive and aesthetically pleasing to the client’s needs and preferences. While an architect is concerned with the overall structure and appearance of a building, an interior designer focuses on creating a functional and aesthetic interior. Hiring an architect as well as an interior designer can help you make sure that every aspect of a project is covered.
If I don’t know what style I want, can a designer help me?
Yes, they can help you, even if you don’t know what style suits you. An interior designer can work with you to identify your style, personal preferences and help you create a unique space. They can also give you options to find the best solutions for your needs and budget. The important thing is to communicate as coherently and directly as possible with your designer. That way you can make sure the interior designer understands your vision and help you achieve it.
Can existing pieces of furniture or accessories be integrated into the interior design?
Yes, an interior designer can incorporate existing pieces of furniture or accessories into the design. The interior designer has the expertise to find ways to integrate existing items into your design. They can recommend complementary pieces or accessories that will help improve the overall look of the space. It is important to communicate your personal preferences and style to the designer. That way they can incorporate those elements into the design to reflect your taste and personality.
What is a mood board?
A moodboard is a visual representation of a design concept, consisting of a collage of images, fabric samples, paint colours and other materials. It is used to convey an overall impression of a design concept. It helps the designer communicate and align with the client the direction of a project.
What is a 3D rendering?
A 3D rendering is an image created using modelling and rendering software, resulting in a visual representation of an interior design concept. It is a complex process involving the creation of 3D models of the space and objects represented, the application of colours and textures, decoration and lighting. These digital images help communicate the result before it is implemented.
What are technical drawings?
These drawings are graphic representations of pieces of furniture or constructions. With these drawings it is easy to communicate between the designer and the contractor. These drawings include all the technical details, dimensions, materials and finishes as well as instructions for assembly or assembly.