If you are looking for interior architects London is rife with talent. Though this is a plus in itself, the sheer number of available firms and individuals providing these services can be daunting to an individual or company looking to give their new or old space a professional treatment. Articulating your specific needs before searching for help can make your search much more quick and successful. Interior architects are design professionals that work collaboratively with small or large business owners or individuals to make their spaces inhabitable, appealing, comfortable and stylish. Interior architects can assist you with the entire process of envisioning a space, ordering the components and labour to make it a reality, and seeing through the execution to achieve a lasting effect. Business or residential? The firms and companies you might need to search through, can be easily halved, simply by making it clear from the get-go whether you're looking for a personal, or professional makeover. Different design firms specialise in different types of space, though some will be diversified, capable and talented enough to handle any space you throw at them. A good interior architect should be responsive to your needs as you begin to describe and show the space for your project and your vision, but they should also be enthusiastic and willing to contribute ideas. Don't necessarily be alarmed if your contact seems to be "pushing" you a bit to entertain alternatives for your space and novel ideas you might not have originally considered. This is the mark of a capable professional who is bringing to bear their accumulated wisdom and experience to make your project look its best, which is after all, what you're paying them to do. Ultimately, however, you have the final say and you should feel as though your concerns are being receptively heard and adequately addressed.
Diversity is key Because London is so diverse in terms of its interior and exterior designs, make sure the firm you choose can demonstrate sufficient diversity and breadth via their portfolios. Ask them to explain why they are well suited to your particular project, what they have done in the past that was both similar and successful, and what challenges or obstacles they anticipate arising in the course of completing your assignment. Remember that an interior architect is more than just a design professional and often has to wear the additional hats of project manager, coordinator and, above all, communicator. If, within the course of your first meetings, you don't develop a strong sense of confidence in your architect's ability to manage all these responsibilities, think about shuffling on down the road to the next available firm. Further along the lines of diversity, ask some general questions about the backgrounds and education of the various team members working in the firm. You should notice a good level of give and take in the work environment, because the more good ideas and imagination you can feel percolating in the studio, the more unique and successful your finished project is likely to be.