How you visualize yourself
The Pinterest boards and pictures you show your interior designer say a lot about your aspirations and the life you hope to lead, says Willetts. In a similar way, so does the way your home is set up before a professional comes in. An interior designer will notice the details: how organized you are, how your children and pets behave, which room your family spends the most time in, and even the way the you dress. But don’t worry, they’re not judging you—it’s all in the name of designing a space that suits your lifestyle.
How you’ve placed your furniture
Some spaces are better suited for certain arrangements than others. “I look to see if homeowners have put their furniture in such a way that is inviting and welcomes guests or if they have created closed off spaces or poor walking patterns between furniture,” says Sauer. These are the decorating mistakes that make your home look messy.
They check out your proportions
“For example, do they have only two small reading chairs where a sofa should be?” says Sauer. Both she and Willetts agree proportions are key. “The layout could be right, but if the proportions of the pieces aren’t, it doesn’t matter,” says Willetts.