The design of your home starts with a consultation. You can go to a store and pick out everything yourself or you can hire an interior designer to help find the right pieces and colors. There are many benefits to working with an interior designer though, one of which is being able to get expert advice on how the space will look once finished.

What Happens During an Interior Design Consultation?

An interior design consultation is your initial appointment with an interior designer for them to spend time getting familiar with you and your new interior plans. You also learn about your interior designer’s background. They might take place in person or virtually.

Your interior designer will inquire about your intended aesthetic and style, your financial situation, the projected completion date, and the functionality you want to preserve or modify in your home during the initial meeting. The goal is to acquire a rough concept of the project so you can get a price from that specific designer to accomplish your redesign objectives.

Getting Ready for Your Consultation

The interior designers at Elle Design Co. advise you to be ready for your design consultation by gathering the data and materials that can help your designer understand your remodel project.

Mood Boards and Photo Inspirations

Look for pictures of your desired design aesthetic in home magazines or websites so you can show the designer how you want your kitchen, bathroom, or other space to look and function. This enables your designer to gain a sense of your unique aesthetic.

A mood board would also be a useful tool for merging several images to achieve the desired aesthetic, including colors, materials, furniture, artwork, appliances, etc.

Photos of the Area

You might share pictures of the space you would like modified so the designer can get a sense of the layout. Here are some pointers for taking pictures that accurately depict the space you’re remodeling:

  • Make use of natural light as much as you can.
  • To illuminate the space without blocking the view of the camera, turn on the lights behind the position of the camera. To reduce glare, refrain from switching on ceiling lights that will be in the shot.
  • To get the most precise measurements of the area and its features, position the camera level at belly-button height.
  • Place yourself in the room’s corner where you can see the most details clearly or from the best vantage point.
  • With your camera, adjust the room’s lines so that everything, including the floor, cabinets, and counters, seems level and straight. Use the grid function on the device you’re using if it has one to help you align objects straight.
  • Take pictures of the room from the same level from each side to get a rounded impression of the space.

Alternatively, you could show your house to your interior designer over a video call, though it’s not necessary. The majority of designers would prefer photos.

Basic Measurements

When you first discuss your makeover with an interior designer, even the most basic dimensions are helpful to have. Knowing the dimensions will enable you and your designer to understand the type of space that is available, which is an important part of designing your remodel. 

A measuring tool or software, paper, a pencil or pen, a camera, and a smartphone are all you need. While you don’t need exact measurements for your initial design consultation, having a general concept of the proportions is useful.


Additionally, your interior designer will need a broad understanding of your remodeling budget. You don’t have to have any numbers in mind just yet. However, knowing a certain amount that you don’t want to exceed can assist them in understanding the boundaries of your spending power.

Whether it’s a small-budget renovation or a big-budget remodel, do some research on the cost of renovations or remodels so that you know what to expect.

Ideal Timeline

How soon do you want the renovation to be finished? Additionally, the timing of your remodeling and how soon you want it to be completed will be important to your interior designer.

By giving your interior designer the most pertinent information required for your remodel and having these materials and documents on hand, your session will go much more smoothly.

What You Can Expect From Your Design Consultation

Your interior designer will discover the extent of the project and discuss your budget, timetable, and style during your initial design consultation. They will inquire about the things you wish to acquire, such as updated flooring, cabinets, lights, sinks, hardware, and so on.

It will also be determined whether any major alterations are required to complete your remodel (such as plumbing, electricity, or taking down walls).

Questions Your Designer May Ask During an Interior Design Consultation:

  • What time frame do you have in mind for your rebuild or renovation? What’s your timetable?
  • Which style(s) or aesthetic appeals to you the most?
  • Which hues do you prefer and want to incorporate into your redesign?
  • What types of finishes and materials do you prefer for hardware, floors, countertops, or sinks?
  • What plumbing or appliances are you looking to replace or buy?
  • Would you like the existing features to be oriented differently?
  • What sort of functionality are you looking for in the space?
  • How much can you spend? What are your financial limits?

Your interior designer should be able to comprehend and articulate your own style and what you want to accomplish with your remodel using the inspiration photographs, mood board, or other items you share during the initial consultation.

They may offer comments and tips depending on what you tell them and your queries and concerns during that first conversation. In addition, the designer will walk you through the entire design process, including what to anticipate and the fee schedule.

Though the designer will not be able to provide an accurate estimate during the initial meeting, they will send you a quote following your consultation after they understand the entire scope of your project.

After the Consultation

Following the initial meeting, the designer will prepare and provide you with an exact price for the entirety of the remodel, which includes the retainer charge.

Retainer fees will vary depending on the designer’s experience and may be charged per hour or as a fixed amount per room. It will also depend on the scope of your redesign job and where you live, as big cities will be more expensive than rural places.

After the retainer has been paid, the designer starts working on the design project and provides concept boards, renderings, and samples of products until you are satisfied with the plans to make your remodel a reality. From there, communication will depend on what suits you, your schedule, and the people who are assisting you with your remodel. 


We hope you found our ultimate guide to your most rewarding interior design consultation helpful and informative. The key to a successful consultation is effective communication and preparation, and we’ve provided you with all the tips and strategies you need to make the most of this experience.

Whether you’re starting a home renovation project or simply looking for fresh design ideas, following our guide will ensure that you have a productive and satisfying consultation with ELLE DESIGN CO.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to our team for further assistance or to schedule your consultation. We can’t wait to help you transform your space into something truly special!