Working with a Designer
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Working with a qualified interior design professional who uses the Ohio Design Centre is the ideal avenue for gaining access to the exclusive showrooms that feature over 400 manufacturers of exclusive home furnishings merchandise. Interior designers have the professional training, in-depth knowledge of product, costs, vendor services and the experience to effectively manage all details of a project.

Designers will assist you with:

•    selection of paint colors and finishes
•    choosing quality furnishings and accessories
•    development of floor plans
•    procuring specialized antique, art or accessories
•    overseeing the work of contractors
•    lighting design
•    kitchen and bath design
•    architectural elements
•    window treatments and upholstered pieces

How Designers Work

Please keep in mind that all interior design professionals are independent contractors. Designers normally structure their fees in one of these ways:

  1. Project Basis (the designer earns a flat fee based upon the specific project. Normally all merchandise is purchased at the designer's cost. Usually items such as freight, delivery, storage, crating and sales taxes are additional costs).
  2. A "cost-plus" percentage (the cost of materials plus an agreed-upon percentage).
  3. Hourly Basis (the designer earns a fee for the time spent shopping and selecting items, consulting and installing).

Depending upon the type of project, the interior design professional will determine which fee will work best for your project. While the Ohio Design Centre may refer you to an interior design professional, the Ohio Design Centre does not negotiate or take responsibility for contractual terms and agreements between designers and their clients.

Purchase Policy

Some Ohio Design Centre showrooms are primarily dedicated as "To The Trade" showrooms (selling items only to professionals such as designers, decorators, architects and fabric workrooms) while other showrooms will sell on-the-floor items directly to consumers. Custom-ordered pieces as well as other items such as wallcoverings and fabrics continue to be sold only through interior design professionals. Consumers are welcome to purchase custom-ordered pieces, wallcoverings, fabrics and other items as specified through their own interior designer, or can take advantage of our Designer-on-Call Program (a consulting and buying service). Call 216-831-1245 to schedule an appointment or complimentary design consultation.