Why Hire an Interior Designer?
- You’re going to save money. Ever bought a piece of furniture that looked so good in the store, but was too big for the room once you got it home? Ever painted three or four times trying to find the right color palette? While you’re going to have to pay the additional designer’s fee, the truth is that hiring a designer can help you avoid costly mistakes and help you make design decisions that will increase the value of your home. And if you’re on a tight budget, a designer is going to know how to get the best value out of what you can spend. An experienced designer is used to working on a line item budget and will help you understand where every penny is going.
- You’re going to save time. And time is a universal resource almost all of us wish for more of. Just like hiring a designer will benefit you financially, a designer can also save you time. A designer already has a trained sense of what needs to be done and when, and they’ll be able to anticipate any obstacles that may come up.
- You’re going to get professional assessment and a tailored plan of action. Professional interior designers went to school and had several apprenticeships to help them learn how to do what they do. A trained pair of eyes will see things you’re guaranteed to miss. Interior design is a delicate balance of art and science, and good interior designers have studied both, so they know how to put them together.
- You’re going to have a qualified liaison. A good designer will know how to speak the language of everyone else in their field: architects, contractors, building owners, etc. This is crucial in managing time and money. Strong communication between the interior design and the lighting, furnishing, and architecture is absolutely key to any well-managed design project. For example, proper outlet placement is going to depend on how you want your furniture placed. These types of issues should be addressed before any construction, and an interior designer will know exactly which issues need to be brought up.
- You’re going to have wow factor. Interior designers are trained to think creatively and spatially and learn to see an overall picture that their clients often cannot. Thinking outside of the box is what designers do on the regular. Not only will you get a good design sense, but you’ll also get an attention to detail from proper lighting and furniture placement to fabric choices and color palette and fixture options. A professional interior designer will create custom-designed pieces to make sure everything fits perfectly and is truly special to your home. Designers can also get you furniture, fabric, and materials that are trade-only and not accessible to the general public. With these resources, an interior designer will create a space for you that looks collected and unique (instead of the big box retailer stuff everyone has in their home).
- You’re going to have better resources and contacts. Everyone knows it’s difficult to find good resources. But designers already work in the world of home improvement, so they’re going to have reliable connections that you may need. Hiring a designer will help you easily find an electrician, plumber, and/or contractor that you can trust.
People notice a well-designed home. Try to do it by yourself, and you’re stuck juggling the many elements that a designer is specifically trained to do. And when they’re done, not only will your home look beautiful and cohesive, but it’ll be well thought out and highly functional.