When Should You Hire an Interior Designer?

Find out the answer to this question and more tomorrow night at an expert panel cohosted by "The Washingtonian" at the Washington Design Center.

By: Kathleen Bridges

A kitchen designed by Marika Meyer, one of the design experts that will be sharing insight during the panel discussion. Photo by Ross Chappel.

Befuddled by an ill-used space in your home but even more confused about what to do about it? Curious about hiring some help, but unsure about the ins and outs of the client/designer relationship? Inspired to perk up your pad with the latest and greatest in design trends?

Experts Barbara Hawthorn, Marika Meyer, and Skip Sroka--all interior designers based in the Washington area--will be on hand tomorrow night at the Washington Design Center to address these situations and more during the second installment of a home-design lecture series cohosted by The Washingtonian. Moderated by senior editor Sherri Dalphonse, the discussion, "Demystifying Interior Design," is a chance for folks to get the skinny on the design process, including when (and how) to hire a designer, how to negotiate fees, and how to ensure your space ends up reflecting you--and not your designer's Rolodex of clients. Hawthorn, Meyer, and Sroka will also share the websites and blogs they turn to for inspiration, as well as their picks for the best and worst current trends.

The lecture starts at 6 PM at the Washington Design Center. Admission is free, but registration is required; sign up online.