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The Best Interior Designers in Middlesex County CT Are the Ones Proven Safe To Spend With


Interior designers in Middlesex County CT bearing The Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10 symbol are those interior designers that have exceeded the minimum Connecticut state standard. They are the ones proven by our independent research to have passed the TOP 10 requirements for ability and value, and for whom our staff has called previous clients to verify high satisfaction with them for interior design in Middlesex County CT, including residential and commercial interior designers, traditional interior designers, contemporary modern interior designers, and more.

 

Updated January 1, 2017

 The TOP 10 Interior Designers in Middlesex County CT

Robin McGarry ASID LLC
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(203) 454-1825
11 Riverfield Dr
Weston, CT 06883
State License #1001
   Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10 ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification)

Areas Served: Middlesex County CT incl. Middletown CT, Cromwell CT, Old Saybrook CT, Clinton CT, ...
Services: interior design service, residential & commercial interior designers incl. office, ...
Key Brands: American Leather, Bolier & Co Furnishings, Dessin Fournir Furnishings, Donghia ...

Peacock & Beale LLC
(860) 767-1682
69 Main St # 1
Chester, CT 06412

Areas Served: Middlesex County CT,East Hampton CT,Middletown CT,Cromwell CT,Durham CT,Clinton CT
Services: retail interior designers, office interior design, residential interior designers

South Cove Interiors LLC
(860) 395-1345
580 Maple Ave
Old Saybrook, CT 06475

Areas Served: Middlesex County CT,Middletown CT,Cromwell CT,Clinton CT,East Hampton CT,Old Saybrook
Services: interior design firm for space planning & structural design

Interior Solutions
(860) 526-2504
9 Johnson Rd
Chester, CT 06412

Areas Served: Cromwell CT,Middlesex County CT,Middletown Conn,East Hampton CT,Old Saybrook CT
Services: interior designers for redesigns, interior decorating & redecorate

Jean Callan King Interior Design
(860) 434-8816
42 Hopyard Rd
East Haddam, CT 06423

Areas Served: Old Saybrook CT,Middlesex County CT,East Hampton CT,Cromwell CT,Middletown CT
Services: interior designers & design consultants, color consultants, residential & commercial

Le Sieur & Thomas Interior
(860) 767-3545
60 S Main St
Essex, CT 06426

Areas Served: Middlesex County Conn,Cromwell CT,Middletown Conn,East Hampton CT,Clinton CT
Services: residential interior designers, commercial interior designers

Cooke & Sprague Design Associates
(860) 767-2859
12 Laurel Rd
Essex, CT 06426

Areas Served: Middletown Conn,Middlesex County CT,Clinton CT,Cromwell CT,Old Saybrook,East Hampton
Services: interior design, interior decorating, redecorating

The Best Interior Designers in Middlesex County CT Are the Ones Proven Safe To Spend With 


The state of Connecticut does not require interior designers in Middlesex County CT to be licensed by the state so there is no state standard for competency in interior design. Those interior designers who wish to be able to say they are Registered Interior Designers with the state get that designation from the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection which requires passing the NCIDQ exam (National Council of Interior Design Qualification).

But even that state registration for interior designers is no guarantee that any particular interior designer in Middlesex County CT is doing business ethically, providing value, or satisfying clients.

This makes it all the more significant that all interior designers in Middlesex County CT that bear The Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have been cleared by our research staff as passing all the requirements for Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 status such as survey phone calls to previous clients to verify high satisfaction, good complaint record, best business practices, sufficient length of time in business, and more.


What's the difference between Interior Designers and Interior Decorators?
There is a difference between the terms interior designer and interior decorator. Interior designers design functional spaces with an understanding of the likes, wants, and behavior of the people who will be using it. Interior decorators are those who furnish a space taking the aesthetics into account such as fabrics, color, etc. Interior decorating is part of what interior designers do, but interior designers are also equipped to recommend structural changes such as the removal or addition of walls, doorways, windows etc., though they don't conduct those changes themselves unless they also hold a state contractors registration. The barrier to entry to become an interior designer is usually much greater than to be an interior decorator and interior designers usually can demonstrate college or design school degrees, and industry accreditations. 

While there is no state license or other legal standard for interior designers, there is a designation of Registered Interior Designer which is applied for and earned by passing an exam.

 

What is the value to finding an interior designer?
In the digital age, there is a growing number of online computer imaging tools that let the average consumer see and compare different choices in colors, fabrics, materials, fixtures and more.  But there are also lots of medical websites that list symptoms, yet we all agree that a real diagnosis and solution should come from an actual doctor and we wouldn't undertake a certain course of treatment and the expense for it based only on something we saw online.  Similarly, interior designers provide value that computer imaging tools can't. They have spent years learning, living and breathing design, material properties, and judging performance after installation for previous clients. For example, a consumer can pick among colors and finishes of a coffee table online, but a designer will be able to also consider the consumer's lifestyle based on previous experience such as knowing that if they have children, a particular shiny finish will be hard to keep clean of fingerprints. Or there's more to fabric selection than just color and texture. Perhaps flame retardant qualities should be a priority in a house of smokers, or new carpets not made with off-gassing chemicals for a house of the chemically sensitive client or just those who are super health conscious.  Interior designers have run across these problems and found solutions before for previous clients.

 

Interior Designers Save You Money
Technology allows consumers to do more and more design elements themselves that previously they would have hired a designer for. This might let a consumer believe that they are saving money by not hiring an interior designer, yet interior designers save you money.  For example, while a consumer can use a retailer's website to mix and match color and fabric choices on a couch, a designer will know of many more options available than the consumer can possibly know, thus they are able to provide greater satisfaction in the long run and items that perform better. So it costs you more to try to go it alone when you end up dissatisfied in just a few years and spend all over again to replace items because you didn't like it as much as you could have, or due to poor performance, or with a home remodel that could have provided a bigger resale price with a designer's input, reaping tens of thousands of dollars more upon the sale.

Interior designers often get steep discounts on furnishings not available to the consumer due to special manufacturer relationships or greater purchasing volume.

 

Home Staging in Middlesex County CT
Some interior designers and interior decorators have a specialty of staging a home for sale. They use their years of previous experience combined with their knowledge of the latest trends in colors and fashions to get a higher price and a quicker sale.

 

Some Interior Designers in Middlesex County CT Are Much Better than Others
The Prime Buyer's Report lists these interior designers in Middlesex County CT: Robin McGarry ASID LLC, Interior Solutions, Peacock & Beale LLC, Jean Callan King Interior Design, Cooke & Sprague Design Associates, Le Sieur & Thomas Interior, South Cove Interiors LLC. Others doing interior design in Middlesex County CT who might still be in business include: .



 

 

 

Questions To Ask Interior Designers in Middlesex County CT 



When choosing which interior designer to hire, ask the right questions about their experience, education, range of services, and credentials:



• How long have the interior designers been in business?


• How many interior design projects have they done specifically in Middlesex County CT?


• What is their experience doing projects similar to yours? (Such as size of home, value of home, residential interior designers versus commercial interior designers, etc.)

• Can the interior designers give you names and numbers of clients you can call as references? (All interior designers in Middlesex County CT bearing The Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have already had their client references called by our research staff so you don't have to.)

• Do they charge for an estimate? If so, how is that amount calculated?


• What is their hourly rate and will they be able to give you an estimate of the finished project total cost? (Important because cheap interior designers only appear to be so with a lower hourly rate but might take much longer and end up being more costly than a more experienced interior designer with a slightly higher hourly rate)

• Do they have a particular specialty you should know about?

• Can they show you proof of active liability insurance, and if sending employees to your property, workers comp insurance for your protection? (All interior designers in Middlesex County CT bearing The Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have already had proof of insurance verified by our research staff so you don't have to.)


• Do they use interior design software that will let you visualize your space as an aid in making choices?


• What school(s) did the interior designer go to and what degrees do they hold?


• How many clients do they typically handle at one time and so what will be their availability to you?

• Who will be your point of contact at their company on an on-going basis, the owner or an employee?


• If they recommend structural changes, do they have a state contractor's registration to do the work themselves? If not, who is responsible for hiring and managing a contractor, you or the interior designer? If it's the designer, what is the name of that outside contractor they would be using?

• Do they have any special relationships with distributors or manufacturers?


• What kinds of samples do the interior designers have available for you to see?


• How will they show you examples of their previous interior design projects?


When you've chosen the best interior designers in Middlesex County for your specific needs, make sure they have a clean complaint record. (All interior designers in Middlesex County CT bearing the Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have already had their complaint status checked by research staff at The Prime Buyer's Report so you don't have to.)

  


 

 

Resources About Interior Designers in Middlesex County CT 




The following is a list of trade publications, consumer publications, and associations related to interior designers in Middlesex County:





Regulatory Bodies & Trade Associations Related to Interior Designers in Middlesex County CT


ASID (American Society of Interior Designers)
www.asid.org

ASID Connecticut Chapter (American Society of Interior Designers Connecticut Chapter)
www.asidct.org

AIGA Connecticut (The Professional Association for Design)
www.connecticut.aiga.org

IIDA (International Interior Design Association)
www.iida.org

AIDP (Association of Interior Design Professionals)
www.aidponline.com

IDS (Interior Design Society)
www.interiordesignsociety.org

CID (Certified Interior Decorators)
www.cidinternational.org

Connecticut Home Design Association
www.cthomedesignassociation.com

IFI (International Federation of Interior Designers)
www.ifiworld.org

IDEC (Interior Design Educators Council)
www.idec.org

NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification)
www.ncidq.org

AAHID (American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designers)

www.aahid.org

CSD (Chartered Society of Designers)
www.csd.org.uk

CIDA (Council for Interior Design Accreditation)
www.accredit-id.org

OBD (Organization of Black Designers)
www.obd.org



Publications Relevant to Interior Design Services in Middlesex County CT



Interior Design Magazine
www.interiordesign.net

Luxe Interiors + Design Magazine
www.luxesource.com

Interiors Magazine
www.interiorsmagazine.net

Contract Magazine
www.contractdesign.com

Home Design Magazine
www.homeanddesign.com

Healthcare Design Magazine
www.healthcaredesignmagazine.com

Home Decor

www.elledecor.com

Dwell Magazine

www.dwell.com

Interior Design and Contemporary Homes Magazine
www.homedsgn.com

Frame Magazine

www.framemag.com


Style At Home
www.styleathome.com

Interni
www.internimagazine.it

Workspace Design Magazine
www.workspacedesignmagazine.com

FX Magazine
www.fxmagazine.co.uk

Design for Living
www.diablomag.com

The Prime Buyer's Report provides information for the TOP 10 Interior Designers in Middlesex County CT within the following zip codes:

6438, 6416, 6417, 6422, 6442, 6480, 6424, 6423, 6481, 6455, 6457, 6441, 6426, 6409, 6456, 6419, 6498, 6413, 6412, 6469 and 6475




The Prime Buyer's Report provides information for the TOP 10 Interior Designers in Middlesex County CT within the following cities:

East Haddam, Haddam, Killingworth, Old Saybrook, Cromwell, Westbrook, Middletown, East Hampton, Clinton, Portland, Essex and Durham