What Questions Should You Be Asking Your Luxury Interior Designer?

a sleek, luxurious interior designed by Maite Granda

Finding the right luxury interior designer can feel overwhelming at times. With one being such an important part of creating the indoor environment of your dreams, it’s critical to get the selection right. How can you ensure that your interior designer is on the same page as you? Just like a job interview, it’s crucial to know pertinent information about the individual you’ll be working with and how they can help you. The first step of that process is knowing the right questions to ask to help you discover if your vision matches their design capabilities.

What Drives Your Passion for Interior Design?

If you’re hiring an interior designer, ask them what drives their passion for what they’re doing. There’s a difference between working with a designer that’s good at what they do and one that cares about what they do. 

For example, interior designer Maite Granda found her design style through her life endeavors, from her move to Madrid at a young age to her integration into Spanish culture. By asking this question, you can find the inspiration behind Maite or other designers’ creations and help your vision align with their process.

What Have You Learned From Mistakes Made on Previous Projects?

No interior designer has always been perfect; mistakes are a part of the process. Asking how they navigated their mistakes — and how they applied what they learned to their work now — is one of the most important questions to ask a luxury interior designer. Plenty of steps go into interior design, and you want to minimize the risk of disagreements and misunderstandings while also getting a better sense of your designer’s personality. A good interior designer will incorporate ways to prevent typical disagreements, like showcasing the look of an entire room instead of individual furniture pieces or specifying material types in contracts.

How Would You Describe the Process From First Imagining the Design to Making it a Reality?

Every interior design service consists of more than just an individual; there is a large design team responsible for taking your project from initial consultation to a completed space. To assess whether your interior designer is a good fit, you want to know what the process is for your project. 

How do you go from point A to point B? Who should I consult while waiting for this step to be completed? Getting answers to these sorts of questions gives you an idea of your luxury interior designer’s project management process and skills. This gives you the peace of mind and comfort you need to proceed with the full service.

What Are Some Previous Projects You’ve Worked On Similar to Mine?

Positive testimonials and a strong portfolio are surefire ways to ensure you’re making the right choice, and that especially rings true when discussing luxury interior design. So, asking about previous work — especially projects that are similar to designs you have in mind — is a must! Some clients choose not to post their work online but do permit designers to use their homes as examples for future projects.

Do You Have a Vision or Idea for How You’ll Cultivate My Design?

In a way, this is like asking your luxury interior designer how they can help you. Designers are free-flowing and artistic individuals, and ideas are constantly taking shape in their minds. You shouldn’t expect them to have full-fledged schematics mapped out during your initial meeting, but have a chat over how they envision your design. Come with an open mind, and you can get some great ideas and tips while learning more about your designer’s qualities that matter most. 

Get the Answers You’re Looking for From an Experienced Interior Designer — Maite Granda

Are you ready to fulfill your luxury interior design dreams? You’ll need the guidance of an experienced specialist that can answer any and all questions you may have. Maite Granda has spent years cultivating skills and techniques that equip her with everything necessary to handle even the most intricate designs.

We invite you to explore creations like the Oceana South residence or the Hammer Point Residence at the Keys and start picturing your dream home. For more information, get in touch with us today!

Lived-In Luxury — 5 Fundamental Interior Design Fundamentals

Luxury interior home design is a creative beast that requires extreme skills and expertise to craft fascinating dream homes. Sophisticated interior design takes many basic interior design principles and adds a twist that emphasizes elements to create a sensory experience all around. 

Modern luxury interior design focuses on a few fundamentals, and any interior designer you consult will have a free-flowing mind that includes some variation of these five luxury interior design fundamentals. Balancing them correctly ensures a beautiful mix of elegance and creativity that will leave you with a smile on your face every morning.

Beauty Is on the Inside

While the “wow” factor doesn’t always have to be present, interior designers know the importance of creating an atmosphere that never ceases to amaze. Interior themes and schemes blend is an important part of space planning that ensures that important elements are emphasized while using smaller styles to streamline the senses. 

The interior design elements should all feel as if they belong where they are, as opposed to being a chaotic neutral. Take this Beechwood Residence as an example of the cultural drive toward incorporating nature into our everyday lives. The subtle elements of nature — from the plants to the windows that create outdoor views that seem to blend with the interior — show the effects of streamlining interior themes. A good luxury interior designer will create a home based on the daily flow of your day-to-day life, ensuring that the interior of you and your home are in harmony with each other.

Blend Space and Comfort

Space and comfort go hand in hand, and experienced interior designers can get the most out of small rooms and lean into the comfort and exuberance of larger areas. The availability of three-dimensional space (length, width, height) is one of the most stagnant forms of interior design, which may seem like a curse, but is actually one of the most helpful parts of perfecting a design. The stability of space provides the creative freedom to explore within the realm of positive and negative space.

Balancing comfort with space is a difficult task, but the right interior designer can mix visual elements to create symmetrical and asymmetrical balance. Inherently, balance represents comfort for the eyes, and symmetrical balance in a large room with a lot of negative space creates a luxurious and comforting feeling. Using radial balance to indicate a bed or resting area as a focal point can create visual weight noticeable the moment you step into a bedroom.

Brighten the Form

Getting the right pieces of furniture and blending them with the scale and proportions of a room can truly make a difference in the vibe of your space. Incorporating the form of a room with interior lighting goes the extra mile and can help create the balance designers are always looking to achieve. A few interesting light fixtures can upgrade the corners of a space, like a living room area or coffee table. Brightening the form by emphasizing the shape of a room through lighting can distinguish between different moods and vibes of respective regions of each room.

Balance the Essentials

As we discussed, luxury design is all about creating the right experience, and balancing the home essentials with luxury designs is an element that cannot be underestimated. But it’s not enough to throw a bunch of high-tech features into a home and hope to create a beautiful, enjoyable paradise. Amenities can blend into rooms, or designers can use large statement pieces to create the visual weight that outlines the entire room. Whether you include smart toilets and bidets, secret doorways that lead to additional rooms, or custom shower systems, balancing the essentials is important to maximizing the beauty of interior space.

Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts

One of the most important parts of luxury interior design is always remembering the importance of every element. Every part doesn’t have to correlate with each other, but they cannot be taken for granted either. Overlooked features such as entryway vantage points and the temperature of rooms make a huge difference that goes beyond simple color and lighting techniques.

But this can also benefit designers, as it shows the importance of using accents and carvings to create unique pieces for each room. Fabrics that exude an affluent home decor while blending (or even differentiating) with the color scheme can subtly add to a home’s character. Some pieces of luxury interior design follow the “might not stand out if done right, but will definitely look bad if done wrong” rule. Designers need to pay attention to the smallest details, which, if done right, can make big changes.

Maite Granda Has Created Luxury Interior Designs for Years — And It’s About Time to Craft Yours

Who better to turn to than a luxury interior designer that’s perfected her craft with these same fundamentals? Maite Granda is a specialist who can design the  interior of your dreams. Our in-house team crafts the designs that Maite creates herself, and you can benefit from our turnkey service that makes your moving process substantially easier. If you’re ready for a bite of the apple, contact us today, or explore our in-progress studio of designs and brainstorm how we can make your elegant ideas come true.