The Ultimate Guide to Finding an Interior Designer in Minneapolis

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So, you’re ready to revamp your tired living space? Are you looking to turn a newly built house into a home but you have no idea where to start? Finding the right interior designer can feel a little daunting if you don’t know what you’re looking for. You will be working with this team anywhere between 12 – 24 months if the project is large enough! As an interior designer in Minneapolis/St. Paul with years of design experience in the design process I can let you in on all the secrets: exactly what to look for, what questions to ask, and how to make the process of choosing your designer as seamless as possible! Ready for a change, and to improve your everyday life in your home?

Check Out Past Projects

When it comes to home design services, anyone can talk a big game, assuring you they can capture your exact vision. Unfortunately, not everyone can live up to their promises. Checking out a potential client’s previous projects, big or small, will help you bypass the chatter and see what they can do!

One of the things I always recommend is paying attention to versatility. Do all their designs look the same? If so, you may have found a designer good at expressing their personal style, but who may not be able to match your specific custom design look. Unless of course, you love their style, then go for it)!

As a St. Paul designer, one of my highest priorities is to make a space feel like yours. My design philosophy is to express each client’s personal style rather than sticking to one look. If this is important to you, make sure your designer’s past projects reflect the homeowner, not themselves!

Take a peek at Renae Keller Interior Design’s portfolio to see the variety and versatility we create for our clients.

Ask for Referrals from your Minneapolis Interior Designer

Choosing an interior designer is about so much more than the look. It’s truly a relationship! You’re going to be working closely with this person or team, designing your dream home. Make sure you find someone you click with, and whose process you’ll enjoy! The best way to do this is to hear from past clients.  

For example, one of our past clients said “They met or exceeded every deadline and promise and were always available and highly responsive. Additionally, they were just delightful to work with – professional, respectful, and collaborative, as well as energizing, lively, and fun”. This insight gives you a better idea of what it would be like to work with a particular designer. It also allows you to decide if their particular process is right for you!

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Know Your Interior Design Budget

The last thing you want to do is choose a designer and find out halfway through the project that you’re in way over your head! Never be afraid to discuss budget management, fees, and expectations with your designer from the get-go.

Don’t know how to budget? I get it! Interior design is a world in and of itself. Without years of industry experience under your belt, it can take a little while to learn to speak the language. That’s why we welcome budget questions and are here to help you design a realistic budget that fits your needs. Don’t hesitate to ask for help!

Finding the Right Interior Designer for You

As you get ready to transform your living space remember that finding the right interior designer doesn’t have to be a headache! It’s all about understanding your needs, preferences, and priorities. By examining past projects, looking for versatility, seeking referrals from previous clients, and discussing your budget openly, you’ll be well on your way to discovering the perfect design partnership.

With these insights, you can feel equipped to make an informed decision and choose the interior designer who’s right for you! Happy designing! 

Looking for an interior designer in Minneapolis? Don’t hesitate to reach out! I’d love to connect with you and help bring your vision to life!

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Renae Keller is an award-winning, ASID certified interior designer in Minneapolis-St. Paul, specializing in new construction and large remodels. Trusted by homebuilders, architects and homebuyers alike, Renae is known for creating an overall design vision that blends functionality and aesthetics, while keeping the details intertwined, and her customer's style in clear focus.