Why You Should Hire An Interior Designer

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Are you building a new house from the ground up, or doing a major home renovation? Are you ready for the onslaught of everything involved? A lot of coordination and procurement goes into a building project. Who can assist with all of that decision-making and coordination? Why not hire an interior Designer?

Interior designers get a project moving forward and help you make project decisions. Designers help you determine requirements, quantities, and timing. They have the skills and experience to help you at every step of a project.

Interior Designers create a custom concept according to your space and aesthetic. They draw/model up the area and present it. And they coordinate, liaise and advise. They may offer services including all of these or combos thereof.

So, why should you hire an interior Designer for YOUR project?

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Hire An Interior Designers To Save Time

If you have a full-time job, do you really have time to be running around after building project stuff? There’s a lot of stuff. A lot.

Interior Designers have experience with all the moving parts of a project. There are many small details that go into a new build or renovation project

You probably can’t take a few months off work to sort out your house. You’re out earning your salary so you can afford the project.

How would you coordinate the thousands of things that go into a build or renovation as well as focus on your job? Coordinating everything for home construction projects is a major task. And even if you are able to give it your full attention, most aspects of building projects take some knowledge and experience.

Knowledge and experience will save time and prevent errors.

Having a person on your team that can handle all the details for you saves a lot of deliberation. And having that sounding board for expedient decision-making saves you a lot of time agonising over decisions.

The project management aspects of a renovation can be quite time-consuming and frustrating. An interior designer can take this on for their clients and makes sure it all runs smoothly.

“We coordinate everything with the vendors, contractors, architects, artisans and so on, so the client doesn’t have to. We’re available to answer any questions that pop up, down to the details, and we take care of every deadline along the way.”

AMY KARTHEISER
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Hire An Interior Designer To Save You Money

There’s this thing that happens in construction called ‘project creep’.

You started with a simple 4-bedroom new build and suddenly you have a home gym and bar added to the scope. Or you end up picking tiles that are way out of budget.

Your designer can advise you where best to invest your funds. They can send out tenders for larger purchases and gather quotes from suppliers. Then they can help you make the right choice.

Designers will usually have a few contractors they trust that they’ve worked with before. This saves you from having to hire a second contractor to finish a job the way you wanted it if the first lot messes up.

Got a specific look in mind? A designer can help you achieve that within your budget. From sourcing look-alike furniture to shopping around for tiles

Interior Designers can also save you money on your project purchases. They know where to shop and can get trade discounts. Experienced interior designers will help you keep your project close to your initial budget.

Your designer can conceptualise your space before any purchases are made. They can produce presentations with 3D renders and concept boards that help you visualise the space before any work is done.

If you want a concept board created for your project, send us a message here. There are a few more examples on this portfolio page.

Concept Board by Design Elements

Hire An Interior Designer To Catch Errors

Designers can prevent mistakes that could have blown your budget.

You should hire your designer very early in the project so they can catch potential errors. They will advise on the best way to achieve the outcome you want. Your designer will have everything from furniture sizes to grout colour and handle finish in mind.

Do you know how to layer patterns and colours? Interior Designers do. They’ll save you from putting up wallpaper that clashes with your tiles. They help you select items that work together. You may not know why they work together, but your Interior Designer studied the Principles of Design and has experience.

You don’t want to be returning things and looking for alternate solutions. Especially after you’ve already gone through the trouble of selecting something, buying it, and getting it on site. Your interior designer will catch project errors before they become an issue.

Hire An Interior Designer For Their Technical Skills

I’ve found that most people don’t realise how technical interior design is. Interior Designers do technical drawings to space plan and detail a design (previous generations did all the drawing work by hand). And space planning is all mathematical calculation and 3D awareness.

Interior designers also need to know all about ergonomics to create the best functional space for their clients.

Ergonomics: an applied science concerned with designing and arranging things people use so that the people and things interact most efficiently and safely.

MERRIAM-WEBSTER DICTIONARY

Designers should be up-to-date on the latest building codes and be able to position plumbing and electrical points. You won’t need to ask the Electrician to move points he’s already put in if your designer has already come up with layouts. It’ll all be in the right places the first time.

Interior designers’ technical skills also include lighting. Knowing how many lumens are recommended for tasks and ambience could make a huge difference to the functionality of your space.

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Hire An Interior Designer To Help You Decide Your Aesthetic

Wouldn’t you rather peg your style and make furniture and décor investment purchases that suit? If you start following annual design trends instead, you may end up with cheaper quality décor, or pieces you don’t like all that much.

Don’t just buy the bedroom furniture set as it’s laid out in the store. There’s no personality to that, and it’s likely to be a passing trend. Better to discover your true aesthetic.

Interior Designers will help you figure out your true aesthetic. With design style knowledge and a little detective work, they’ll transform your home into a reflection of your personality.

Your home should tell the story of who you are and be a collection of what you love.

NATE BERKUS

Designers will know which of your current possessions to keep, and what can be refurbished. They’ll know what you’ll need to order to pull off the look you’re after.

Main Bathroom Concept Board by Design Elements

Interior Designers Add The ‘Wow!’

Most people will walk into a room that isn’t put together very well and feel that they would rather be elsewhere. When you walk into a well-designed room you feel welcome and at ease. It’s subconscious, but you’ll feel that it’s a great space to be in. But most people won’t even realise why they think it’s a great space.

Good interior design is generally subtle. You may like the room but not realise why.

To create something exceptional, your mindset must be relentlessly focused on the SMALLEST DETAIL.

GIORGIO ARMANI

An Interior Designer understands the subtle language behind the beautiful room. The Design Principles. Designers know how to make a restaurant inviting or a baby’s nursery happy and peaceful.

Interior designers will create a room that flows and functions and looks good doing it.

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Interior Designers use knowledge and experience to help you cut through the choices. There are myriads of furniture and finish options. Designers know which options fit each style, and which colours complement each other.

How many colours and textures should you use in a room? Interior designers know what to do. Designers studied for years and have experience in implementing the best solutions. And they keep learning by staying up-to-date. Best of all, we help you discover the aesthetic that you would most enjoy.

Designers know how to pull a theme together, implementing the design principles to the design style.

Whether by advice or managing a schedule, interior designers get a project moving forward. They create, they manage, and they advise. A designer’s project experience and contacts save you valuable time. They have preferred contractors who they know do good quality work. And they know which vendors give discounts, and where to find the items to compliment your style.

The result is a gorgeous space that enhances your life. Hiring an interior designer will help your project to run smoothly and give you peace of mind. There’s no need to take time off work to sort everything out on your own.

Would you hire an Interior Designer to take care of your project? Let us know in the comments below.

Blessings, Chantal

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  1. Ugh, I made the mistake of decorating my apartment on my own and regretted it so badly afterward. I won’t be living here long, but the next place I move to, I am definitely going for an interior designer.
    Thank you for this wonderful post!

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