The IID represents professional Interior Architects, Interior Designers and Interior Decorators who have the required qualifications, training and experience.
Membership is also offered to Candidate Interior Architects, Interior Designers and Interior Decorators who have obtained the minimum qualifications from an accredited educational institution and are in the process of acquiring practical experience though employment within the field.
The best way to find a designer is through personal reference or by searching on the IID website in your area.
The ideal is to find a trained professional with expertise, creative flair, extensive knowledge of their own and associated industries, a network of proven suppliers and who is capable of completing the job on time and to budget. Always ask to see a portfolio of work that they have completed. All designers develop their own personal style, which is evident in their projects; however a good designer will ensure that your taste and personality are reflected in the end-result.
Share your ideas with the designer and give them as much information about your requirements as possible, including your particular likes and dislikes, so that these can be incorporated into the design. Ask lots of questions to establish whether the designer is able to accurately interpret your brief. Thereafter trust the designer to use his/her experience, talent and vision to make it happen.
The terms “Interior Designer” and “Interior Decorator” are often used interchangeably, as if they are identical professions, but while both have the ability to create beautiful rooms and their roles often overlap, there are fundamental differences between them:
The professional interior architect / interior designer is a person qualified by education, experience and recognized skills, who:
As per South African legislation, the term Interior Architect may only be used by graduates from the Pretoria University who have obtained a minimum full time five-year degree in Interior Architecture.
The professional interior decorator is a person qualified by education, experience and recognized skills, who:
Some clients are frightened off by the perceived costs of using an Interior Designer or Decorator believing that they are outrageously expensive and are only intent on impressing their own style on your home / office. However, not using a designer can work out costlier in the long run, as well as time-consuming and stressful. Clients do not always have the time to explore the endless possibilities available to create their dream environments. Trying to choose from among the myriad of products offered in lifestyle stores and publications is confusing and overwhelming. The end result of a do-it-yourself job is often a dreadful mistake that is even more expensive to undo.
Using the services of a professional designer is therefore highly recommended. Every designer is unique and their charges vary according to their knowledge and experience so that you should be able to find a designer that meets your needs.
Always agree on the fee structure before work commences and be clear with your expectations.
Here are some guidelines to follow:
Establish a Budget A professional designer will help clients to find the best value and quality for their budget. They should consider all of the client’s ideas and find ways for them to achieve their goals, even if it means extending the job over a longer period or finding suitable alternatives to your suggestions.
Outline Contract Terms The contract should outline not only the legal terms but also the plans that you and your designer have discussed including budget, design fees, accountability for sub-contractors (painters, carpet installers etc). Read the contract carefully before signing it and before any work begins.
Consultation Fee An initial consultation fee (which must include a follow-up consult) is usually charged at an hourly rate and is applicable until the client and the designer reach an agreement for the proposed work and sign a contract.
Design Fee An hourly design fee is charged for layout and perspective drawings. Costs are based on the time and effort required. These are time-consuming, so clarify the design fee upfront.
Project Management Fee This is levied for overseeing construction and site management of the project. The percentage charged will depend on the amount of time and expertise required.
Decorating Fee Most designers and decorators charge a decorating fee for their services, with different rates applicable for the design, drawings and consultation work done, once the agreement has been reached between the client and the designer. Travelling expenses are levied if the designer is required to work out of town or on international projects.
Payment of Fees These can be levied according to the various stages of the project. Usually a 50%- 70 % deposit is required and the balance is paid on invoice. This must be set before the project commences and will not include any fees for design or consultation which should be billed separately with the coordination fee.
To get advice and assistance from trained and highly skilled professionals with expertise in residential and commercial design that are able to create, implement and manage interiors of distinction. The Institute also offers clients the added assurance of access to impartial mediation in the unlikely event of a dispute arising between a client and a member.
Professional members are the most qualified and experienced members of the IID.
Candidate members have obtained the minimum qualifications from an accredited educational institution and have been practicing in the industry for between 1 and 6 years.