Should You Hire An Interior Designer? The Think Tank Has Some Advice


Pizzanorth: Has anyone used an interior designer? I struggle with making decisions with colors and textures, and I’m looking for some help. Any suggestions? I’ve Googled pizza dining room images and still struggle. I’d prefer to just pay someone to help and be done with it!


brad randall: We hired experts when we opened a dining room in a new construction. They helped us choose paint colors, wood grains, carpet patterns, tile designs, countertops and light fixtures. They also measured all of the equipment and made sure the plumbing, electricity and networking cables were all in place. Then they went and secured bids for the work. Well worth the cost! We would have never come up with something that looked as nice or modern ourselves. We’re actually paying them to integrate some of the same design elements into our delco remodel and then bid it out.


Slice of Italeigh: I am in the process of designing the dining room for my first brick-and-mortar store. I am struggling on the paint scheme as well. My main colors are Kawasaki green and black, but also red and white for the Italian flag. I’m trying to do it all on a shoestring budget. 


PizzaTVdotcom: Here at PMQ, we are working right now on a story about interior design in restaurants. An interior designer can be very helpful for pizzerias. If you’re looking to hire an interior designer, you could always go to the closest university—students are always looking for design work to add to their portfolio. One tip from a designer we recently met in New York: Make sure to incorporate enough space for your guests’ jackets, purses, etc., to keep the flow going and so that employees do not bump into anything. Also, feel free to mix design elements from different decades for an eclectic look!