For some, decorating your home is an exciting prospect. You’re a creative individual with a vision and the means to make it happen. For others, it’s downright stressful. You don’t know which rug to choose or the perfect adornments for your shelves.
That’s when you might consider hiring an interior designer, but it’s not the only reason. Interior designers offer a number of benefits, regardless of whether or not you have an eye for detail.
- They’ll See Your Vision—and Beyond
You probably have an idea in the back of your mind of how you want your property to look. However, when it comes to putting that idea onto paper and carrying it out, it gets a little more complicated. Tiny details can make or break the final design of your home.
“The interior designer who is a visionary lives up to his name – he designs and is a creative at heart,” explains an article from HomeTrust. “He will be able to interpret your needs and wants, both spoken and unspoken, and synthesize them into a coherent overall design theme. This includes the initial concept, spatial planning, and right down to details such as the tone of your floor tiles to the finish of your counter top.”
When the design is finished, you’ll probably find additions that you didn’t ask for that you love. “These [interior designers] commonly have the ability to surprise you with unconventional ideas you had never thought of, are able to make the whole larger than the sum of its parts,” the article continues.
- Save Money
Most renovators forgo hiring an interior designer because they want to cut costs. However, you’re more likely to save money than you are to lose it.
“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,” points out Kathy Kuo of Kathy Kuo 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.”
Set your budget, and let an interior designer carry it out for you. They’re trained to make accurate cost estimates, so it shouldn’t be a problem. It’s much safer to do it this way than to overspend because the project costs more than you expected.
- Make a Small Space Functional
Small spaces are some of the most difficult to decorate, even though the right decorations can make them look cozy and intimate rather than cramped and uncomfortable. Creating functional spaces out of unlikely situations is what good designers do best.
“A designer can give you a professional assessment of your situation, that will lead to a solid plan of action,” says Michelle Cortizo, a Boston interior designer. “The order of things in a design plan is key in determining what can be repurposed or should be edited. This will not only affect the budget but help you to spend it more efficiently.”
“A designer is a professional with a trained eye that can automatically tell you if there is something wrong or right with a space,” Cortizo continues. “Having that immediate consult is a major advantage when making aesthetic decisions. It is the result of years of experience.”
- Liaison with Contractors
Most home renovations require the use of an outside contractor, whether a plumber, electrician, or general building contractor. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to keep these contractors on task and on budget.
“Let’s face it, when you are renovating or working on a home (especially your first time), you want someone who will ask the right questions and fight for you,” says Ashlina Kaposta of Decorista. “Contractors, electricians, inspectors and the like can be pretty intimidating. It’s really nice to have a middle man (your designer) who can ask questions for you, get things done for you and generally be the “bad guy” and stand up on your behalf.”
“Many of my clients are so nice and hate to ask for more than what they are given. A designer will do that for you,” Kaposta continues. “I once had a wallpaper installer tell my client ‘this or that can’t be done,’ then I came in, asked the right questions and it was done.”
Getting the right results with your contractors is often simply a matter of using the right language, and your designer has enough experience and knowledge to make sure it gets done right. The next time you’re looking at a home renovation, don’t discount an interior designer in favor of doing it yourself.