Everyone deserves to live in an incredible space that brings you comfort and joy. Your space should not only look amazing, but it should function in a way that works with your life. Incredible interior design does not happen by chance. Stunning spaces are meticulously researched, planned, and curated by professionals. Unfortunately, many people get confused or intimidated by the idea of hiring a professional interior designer. Interior designers or decorators as some people refer to them, truly serve a purpose for everyone. Whether you have no idea where or how to begin to decorate your home, or whether you have an idea but need help tying pieces together, or you simply haven’t the time to execute your style and desires due to your busy day to day schedule. Toss aside the idea that interior decorators are only for the rich and famous or those with so much money that they don’t know what to do with it all. In reality they save you a great deal of time and money and headache medicine!
If you need more on the benefits of hiring an interior designer, here are 9 reasons on why hiring an interior designer is the right move to make.
1. Save Money.
It might sound strange that hiring someone to decorate your home would save you money since you have the additional fee of the designer, however 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. Ever bought a piece of furniture that looked so good in the store, but was a too big once you got it home? You don’t want to screw up sofas, sinks, bathtubs, tile, or appliances. The “fix” is expensive.
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.
2. Professional Assessment.
When you hire a trained designer, you get an immediate plan of action for your space. Professional interior designers went to school and have the experience of seeing many before and after scenarios. A trained pair of eyes will see things you’re guaranteed to miss. The order of things in a design plan is key in determining what can be repurposed or should be edited. Designers offer a fresh perspective on ideas to enhance your vision that you previously hadn’t even considered. 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.
3. Budgeting and Planning.
Just like hiring a designer will benefit you financially, a designer can keep you on budget and save you time and effort. A designer already has a trained sense of what needs to be done and when it needs to be done, and they’ll be able to anticipate any obstacles that may come up. A designer knows where to go for resources for everything related to your home. This will save you endless amounts of time researching products, brands and prices. A designer will have all this readily on hand, and should he or she not, will spend the time researching so that you don’t have to.
A designer will be able to build “a stronger bridge between you and your architect or contractor early on and can head off design misses in your overall plan. This is crucial in managing time and money. Also designers are trained to think about things we may overlook. 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.
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. Designers also have access to tons of products that are not available to the general public. We have resources at our fingertips that you wouldn’t dream of. We know which lines are the “best bang for your buck” and where you can save to make room for higher-priced dream pieces.
With these resources, an interior designer will create a space for you that looks collected and unique instead of looking like the big box retailer stuff everyone has in their home.
6. A Trained Eye.
A designer is a professional with a trained eye that can automatically tell you when there is something wrong or right with a space or even certain product choices. Having that immediate consult is a major advantage when making aesthetic decisions. This quick response time is only obtained through years of experience. Often times homeowners try to do it all themselves and get frustrated and depleted of their energies.
7. Wow Factor.
Interior designers are trained to think creatively and spatially and learn to see an overall picture that clients often cannot. Thinking outside of the box is what designers every day. A professional interior designer will create custom-designed pieces to make sure everything fits perfectly. Designers also have access to trade only furniture, fabric, and materials so it is truly unique to your home. Try to do it by yourself, and you’re stuck juggling the many elements that go into designing that a designer is specifically trained to do. The end result will not only look stunning, it will be be highly functional and cohesive.
8. Home Sale.
There’s a good reason people hire interior designers to stage homes for resale. A decorator can potentially add a great deal to the aesthetic of your home, which in turn can increase showings and sales. Even if a full kitchen or bath remodel is not in your budget before selling, smaller changes can be suggested to provide maximum return on your investment. This increased appeal can exponentially speed up the amount of time your home sits on the market before it is sold. The benefit here is two-fold, a faster turn-around time and more money in your pocket.
9. Visual Story-teller.
Interior designers (among many other things) are professional cheerleaders. We maintain excitement, intrigue and momentum so it doesn’t take twice as long and cost twice as much. We tap into the things that make you want to jump out of bed in the morning and help you visualize the finished space. A designer can help you tell your visual story. I can’t think of a better reason than that!
We all have different needs/wants/dreams, so why settle for making your home look like a Pottern Barn catalog. However, bringing all of your dream ideas together is harder than it looks. To combine ideas in a cohesive way that is collected and pulled together, takes experience, talent and insight.
Given all this information will you consider hiring an interior designer the next time you remodel, buy a home or move?