Image & Design: Ger Cooney Design Choosing the right interior designer can be a daunting process, whether it is a small scale project or a complete renovation. Trust in your designer is paramount and it is important that you hire a designer who is capable and understands your requirements. So how do you choose a designer that will suit your project? Firstly, have a look at their background, are they reputable? Many quality designers are affiliated with bodies such as the Interiors Association (IA) and the Institute of Designers Ireland (IDI). To qualify for membership for regulatory bodies such as these there are strict criteria which they need to join. This is to ensure that members are qualified, reputable and provide quality work. Having a designer with these credentials will give you greater peace of mind when embarking on your design journey. “While it is the job of a designer to be a guide throughout the process, the final say has to be with the client” References are important as is speaking to former clients, word of mouth is always encouraging. Getting the opinion of people you know and trust makes it that bit easier when selecting s designer. Seeing examples of their work either first hand or on a website can also help as you can see their style and skillset.It is important to have a good rapport and choose a designer who you can work with. Design is a subjective area but the client is always right and it is important that the finished scheme works with the end user in mind. While it is the job of a designer to be a guide throughout the process the final say has to be with the client as the scheme is important and they need to be happy with the end result.