When Should You Hire

 An Interior Designer?

When Should You Hire

An Interior Designer?

Guest Post by Sofia Lockett | Nov 29, 2017 | Guest Blog |

Hiring an interior designer is the first step to making your dream home a reality. Not only will an interior designer help bring your vision to life, but they will also utilize their valuable skills and experience to design a home that is functional, comfortable and practical in the long run.

Hiring an interior designer is the first step to making your dream home a reality. Not only will an interior designer help bring your vision to life, but they will also utilize their valuable skills and experience to design a home that is functional, comfortable and practical in the long run.

If you’re considering hiring an interior designer, it’s important to do so before construction begins, or make sure the construction company you hire comes with an interior designer on-board.  Interior designers usually have qualifications in architecture or project management and can act as your project manager for the job. An interior designer will look through the architect’s plans and drawings to optimize the interior layout and space planning ensuring the construction meets the desired look. There are so many things to think about during the construction process, and it can be very difficult trying to navigate it all. With an interior designer on board from the start, everything will be simplified and easier for you. They will rule out any design misses in your overall plan and help build a stronger relationship between you and your architect or contractor. Even if you’re planning a smaller renovation or redecorating project, an interior designer can be helpful in creating a cohesive feel to your home from the outset. They are trained to see things others can’t and have the ability to give your home design the ‘wow’ factor. If you don’t have a clear picture in mind of what you want your interior design to be, an interior designer will use their creativity to come up with a scheme or idea that you may never have thought of.
If you’re considering hiring an interior designer, it’s important to do so before construction begins, or make sure the construction company you hire comes with an interior designer on-board.  Interior designers usually have qualifications in architecture or project management and can act as your project manager for the job. An interior designer will look through the architect’s plans and drawings to optimize the interior layout and space planning ensuring the construction meets the desired look. There are so many things to think about during the construction process, and it can be very difficult trying to navigate it all. With an interior designer on board from the start, everything will be simplified and easier for you. They will rule out any design misses in your overall plan and help build a stronger relationship between you and your architect or contractor. Even if you’re planning a smaller renovation or redecorating project, an interior designer can be helpful in creating a cohesive feel to your home from the outset. They are trained to see things others can’t and have the ability to give your home design the ‘wow’ factor. If you don’t have a clear picture in mind of what you want your interior design to be, an interior designer will use their creativity to come up with a scheme or idea that you may never have thought of.

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One of the misconceptions about interior design services is that they can be prohibitively expensive. In actuality, you can save significant money and time if you hire an interior designer. An interior designer knows all the right resources to get for your home and where to get them from. They have a breath of knowledge about brands, products and prices that most people don’t. Not only will this save you time researching the right products, but it will also help you avoid the costly mistakes of getting the wrong resources. They have access to products that aren’t available to the general public and can get better deals on things like home accessories, furniture, fabric, window blinds and hardware. By culminating all the best resources, your interior designer will be able to design a home that is well put together and next level in quality and style. A home that is professionally designed will ultimately increase the appeal and value of your home, which will be incredibly useful if you decide to sell in the future.

Image Source: Mr.Blinds

One of the misconceptions about interior design services is that they can be prohibitively expensive. In actuality, you can save significant money and time if you hire an interior designer. An interior designer knows all the right resources to get for your home and where to get them from. They have a breath of knowledge about brands, products and prices that most people don’t. Not only will this save you time researching the right products, but it will also help you avoid the costly mistakes of getting the wrong resources. They have access to products that aren’t available to the general public and can get better deals on things like home accessories, furniture, fabric, window blinds and hardware. By culminating all the best resources, your interior designer will be able to design a home that is well put together and next level in quality and style. A home that is professionally designed will ultimately increase the appeal and value of your home, which will be incredibly useful if you decide to sell in the future.

How To Find An Interior Designer

Most of the time you can find an interior designer simply through word of mouth. You can ask a friend, kitchen installer, builder, architect or your local furnishings or paint store if they can recommend any good interior designer services in the area. It’s a good idea to check out their previous interior design work on their website to see if they are the right fit. When you’ve found an interior designer you potentially want to work with it’s important to give them a clear brief so that they can produce the result you are hoping for. They will ask you about your budget, color and style preferences, which furniture is non-negotiable, location and the project timeline. You can give the interior designer examples of the style you are looking for by ripping out magazine pictures or giving them paint and fabric swatches. From the very beginning of the project and throughout, clear communication between you and your interior designer is key to making your vision come to life.

Most of the time you can find an interior designer simply through word of mouth. You can ask a friend, kitchen installer, builder, architect or your local furnishings or paint store if they can recommend any good interior designer services in the area. It’s a good idea to check out their previous interior design work on their website to see if they are the right fit. When you’ve found an interior designer you potentially want to work with it’s important to give them a clear brief so that they can produce the result you are hoping for. They will ask you about your budget, color and style preferences, which furniture is non-negotiable, location and the project timeline. You can give the interior designer examples of the style you are looking for by ripping out magazine pictures or giving them paint and fabric swatches. From the very beginning of the project and throughout, clear communication between you and your interior designer is key to making your vision come to life.
Sofia Lockett is a freelance writer from Auckland, New Zealand. She is passionate about travel, interior design, and home trends. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her checking out the latest design news and blogs. You can find more of her work on her Tumblr

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