Will a Kitchen Designer Understand My Unique Style?Posted:
Hiring a designer shouldn’t be frightening, but it’s not uncommon to be anxious about letting a stranger into your life, your home, and your mind’s eye — especially if they have professional opinions!
You may worry that you’ll be judged for your taste or they may dismiss your style — but while no two designers are alike, finding one that clicks with you is essential to achieving a result that you will love.
But don’t take our word for it, talk to your potential designer — really talk and see for yourself if this is someone you could trust to carry your vision forward. Here are a few key points to keep in mind while tracking down that perfect designer:
You need a designer that’s been around the block.
If his or her portfolio only features white cabinets, black floors, and marble counters, guess what your kitchen will look like. Instead, make sure your designer has a diverse body of work and their kitchens actually look livable. It’s easy to get carried away, but remember: you’re not designing for a museum. Your beautiful kitchen will need to be functional, too.
You need a designer who listens.
At Marsh Kitchens, our designers have been around and lived through many styles as they’ve come and gone. We’re experts, and professionals at that. So unless you want to decorate with skulls, you shouldn’t be afraid to express what you really want. On second thought, we could probably make that work. (Hey, nobody’s judging here.)
The #1 job of a designer is not to flip a client’s home upside down or force his or her own personal style to get famous. A designer — a proper designer — seeks to express their client’s taste and lifestyle, make the remodel hassle-free, and deliver a pleasing result for their client, nothing more.
This is your kitchen, and you are the boss.
In the end, your designer works for YOU. You are their employer and if you’re not happy, you can sack them in favor of finding one more compliant. (Designers know this, too, so the smart ones aim to please.)
So if you find a designer habitually telling you that you DON’T want something that you genuinely DO want, fire them, and don’t feel bad about it. You’re going to be the one paying for the remodel and living with it for years. Don’t make choices because “they’re the expert” — you are the only one you need to please. Your remodel is just for you.
Your kitchen designer wants you to speak up.
Tell your designer if something doesn’t feel right, and don’t be afraid to take a risk on an “unpopular” choice if you know it’s something you’ll absolutely love. That’s exactly what your designer wants to hear from you.
No need to rush. Defining your style early on and identifying the elements that are close to your heart will save you time, money, and heartache in the long run.
Lastly, contact Marsh Kitchens. Our designers have years of experience in delivering beautiful, useful kitchens that customers rave about. We listen, we’re creative, and we take the time to make sure you’re happy with everything from cabinet box construction to hardware, flooring, and décor.