Advice and Guidance About Using Interior Designers
If you want to redecorate, revamp, restore or in any other way change the inside of your home a wise move is to include the cost of an interior designer in your budget. This will save you time, money, hassle and stress and is a well worthwhile expense.
A good interior designer does not tell you what to do; they implement your ideas and make suggestions, leading to the realisation of your vision for your home. A designer helps achieve the look a home owner wants, more easily, more quickly, more cost effectively and with more depth.
Contrary to popular belief, interior designers are not superior beings who look down on lesser mortals. They are simply people who have a passion and eye for what works and what does not. They want to help you, not chastise you, and if you set up a visit with an interior designer to talk about your requirements you will come away feeling relieved and at ease, confident that your home will become the dream house you envisioned and not the stuff of nightmare contractors, over budget and late work.
Designers will work on any project, big or small, private home or business and you know the finished product will work, look right and cost what you expected.
Working with an Interior Designer
An interior designer can do as much or as little of the work as you wish. Their job is to see that the finished product reflects the ideas you wanted showcased. This may involve realising a dream room from scratch or simply advising what will and will not work from a list of ideas you already have.
If you enjoy thinking up features or themes to enhance a room the designer can implement them for you while ensuring the room looks good and everything works properly. You may not know how to go about achieving this, and that is why an interior designer can help. They can also foresee any pitfalls or explain why your “wonderful idea” will not work and offer alternatives you find acceptable or even preferable.
Often enthusiastic home owners think of something they would like in their home; something they believe will add an interesting feature – but sometimes this can add problems the excited client did not anticipate; this can be as simple as changing your carpet. This may mean you need bits shaved off a door to let it close as the new carpet might be higher. If on the other hand the carpet is lower, there will be an unsightly space at the bottom of the door where draughts can pass. These, and many more solutions, are all things an experienced interior decorator will think of immediately and will work round by choosing the right height of carpet or the correctly fitting furnishing to avoid these pit falls.
As with any line of work, an interior designer has knowledge of the best places to go for products relating to their job, so instead of spending days, if not weeks, looking for the perfect furnishing or decoration, they can find one quickly and easily.
Not only can an experienced interior designer make valuable suggestions but they take the hassle and time out of the job, leaving you free to enjoy the best part – decorating.
Letting a Designer Do All the Work
If you want a new look for a room, or indeed the whole house, an interior designer can do all the work. You can leave them to pick the colour scheme and furnishings they think will suit your home and lifestyle, or tell them the style you want and leave them to it. Interior decorators work round you and your lifestyle so you can be sure to get the most out of the newly decorated rooms.
An interior designer can do so much more than just design; their domain extends to working with electricians, carpenters and other outsourced contractors, which they will even find for you. They know, and have already worked with, contractors they know to be reliable, so instead of having to deal with multiple contractors you only have to talk to one person. The responsibility of making everything come together at the right time and the worry of wondering if one job will be finished before the next phase is due to be done, becomes the designer’s responsibility – just think of all the stress that saves you. Materials will be delivered and checked without you even being aware it has happened and before you know it your home will be transformed as if by magic.
Interior decorators also have knowledge of what can and cannot be achieved and this avoids the common pitfall of having to re-think something at the last minute because it would not work.
What an Interior Designer can do for you
Interior designers will visit your home or workplace, whichever you want designed. While you are discussing the project they can show you all sorts of swatches and samples in the comfort of your own home or office and in many cases the products they can offer you are not readily available on the open market.
Imaging sitting in the comfort of your own lounge with a cup of coffee and choosing wallpaper, fabric for re-covering your sofa, new curtains, a new fireplace, occasional tables and bright new lights. Compare this to driving round umpteen retailers, (and many DIY shops are cold places), and looking through hundreds of unsuitable products to find one that is right. You then need to repeat this process for the other items as few, if any, shops have high quality wallpaper, tiles, curtains, fireplaces, taps, lights and so on in the one store.
Adding colour to a room, whether this is painting or papering walls, or by recovering furniture, can totally change a room. One colour will make a room seem larger and brighter while another will make the room seem smaller and cosier. Get this wrong and the large room looks empty and stark while the small room appears tiny and cramped. A professional designer knows how to obtain a certain result and rather than decorate a room they create an effect, even an ambiance.
Interior Design Degree
Like any qualification becoming an interior designer takes time and effort and a lot of knowledge and experience are accumulated in the process.
As interior designers study, they learn about building and renovation, painting and decorating, how to use house plans, balance, proportion, all about colours and shapes, and the effects they can have, both on appearance and emotions. This qualifies them to help oversee all the work being done in your home, even if this is a large renovation project.
Small finishing touches can also make a huge difference and where most people will set a vase of flowers on a table, stand back and examine it critically before moving it to another place and repeating this performance; a professional will know where the best place is and move on to another feature, getting more work done in the time span. Part of this is instinct, but part comes with experience and knowledge and that is what you get when you employ a professional designer – years of experience and accumulated knowledge.
As part of their studies they learn how to capture the attention in a certain part of a room or draw the eye away from an area. They know how to make features of, or hide, existing things that you love or are not terrible happy with, such as radiators, odd shapes windows and so forth. Light, colours and fabric take on new meaning when used to advantage with a specific objective in mind and these are all things the average person neither knows nor cares enough about to delve into in great depth.
In short they know how to make your home work for you on every level from functionality to beauty and create an emotionally satisfying environment into the bargain.
Advantages of Hiring an Interior Designer
There are many advantages to hiring an interior designer to re-decorate your home rather than doing the job yourself. Some are listed above, but this quick guide sets out a few more.
Using a professional designer:
- Saves time
- Is stress free
- Offers a wider choice of fabrics, furnishings and fittings
- Designers know about how well fabrics wear and what type best suits which environment
- You often save on the cost of materials. Like any bulk buying, items come cheaper when purchased wholesale and in large quantities, and designers who use the same supplier may have discounts which they can pass onto the client
- Interior designers know where to go for bespoke services for any odd shaped rooms or alcoves
- Professionals know how adding certain colours or other touches makes a room seem bigger or cosier
- They can take away all the hassle by working with any electricians or other workmen needed to complete the project
- They are more creative than the average individual and offer finishing touches that many people would not even think of, but that create a totally different interior
- Interior decorators can help you spend your money more wisely
- They avoid mistakes that cost time and money
- They help bring a project in on time and on budget