How To Select The Right Designer For Your Hotel

By Kalen Willis Senior Interior Designer, Hatchett Hospitality | January 15, 2012

Buying furniture, fixtures, and equipment (FF&E) always involves difficult choices – and the first one is choosing the right designer.

But exactly how do you know which design professional is right for your project?

Three key factors can lead to a decision that has you feeling confident and comfortable:

• Experience
• Credentials
• Personality

Experience

While interior designers are familiar with fabrics, colors, lighting, and textures – the skills that are needed for "decorating" – they must also know about a wide variety of structural elements such as architecture, building codes, fire codes, plus electrical and HVAC systems. They're part artist and part engineer.

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