The Differences Between a Good and Great Interior Designer

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Are you worried about a working with a designer? Worried they will push their style onto you and not listen to what you want?

Not all designers were created equal! But what is the difference between a good interior designer and a great interior designer? The relationship between a designer and a client is a very important one. Without a good connection, both will find it hard to work with the other. This will end with the designer feeling frustrated and the client unhappy with their new space.

There are a lot of designers out there to work with, but it’s crucial to hire the one that is right for you. Understanding this is one of the most important parts of beginning your remodeling journey. Here we have compiled a list of traits that will reveal the differences between good designers and great designers.

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A  Good designer will create a beautiful space. A Great designer will create a space that is unique to their client.

A Good designer will select great items and finishes to complete the space. A Great designer will guide the client in selecting the items that match their style and flow with all the other selections they have already made.

A Good designer is good at showing their skills. A Great designer is a good listener.

A Good designer is friendly and polite. A Great designer becomes a friend and makes the client feel relaxed and comfortable.

A Good designer knows what they are talking about. A Great designer knows what their client is talking about.

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A Good designer has good design taste. A Great designer appreciates and can work with all different design styles.

A Good designer will tell you what you want. A Great designer will listen to what you want.

A Good designer will understand the big picture. A Great designer will understand the big picture and remember all the details.

A Good designer will get to know the space. A Great designer will get to know you.

A Good designer is well spoken. A Great designer is a great communicator.

A Good designer will let your contractor fix the design problems. A Great designer will work with your contractor to come up with the best solution for your specific problem with your style and tastes in mind.

A Good designer knows what’s trending. A Great designer knows what’s next.

A Good designer creates a space that looks good. A Great designer creates a space that functions well for the family.

A Good designer gives the client want they want. A Great designer dives deeper to understand what the client needs.

There you have it! All you need to know about a Good Designer and a Great Designer.

Some of these are subtle differences, but they can make all the difference in the world when it comes to your project. Every detail matters and if a designer cannot handle that, you might not be happy with the end result. Be sure to hire a firm that knows these differences and has a wonderful designer on staff, or use this as a guide when hiring your own designer.


Our goal with these pieces is to help you get the information you need to make educated choices for your home and family. If you’ve found this helpful, share it with others. If you have questions or would like to request other topics to be covered, please use the comment section below and we’ll make sure you get you the answers you need.

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