WHEN AND WHY TO HIRE AN INTERIOR DESIGNER

You have decided that you would like some type of professional help on your home project, but not sure if hiring an interior designer will solve all your problems 😉

If you need one (or all) of these 8 things, enlisting an interior designer will be money well spent and peace of mind. It’s never too early in the process to hire a designer.

  1. Space planning: This is a crucial aspect of design. This dictates the way you and your family will live for the next few years. When you come out of bed, when you turn on the light, how a kitchen will work with several people in the mix, and the general travel path to mention a few things. Having a professional tackle this one is super important. Involve your designer at the very early stages of architectural drawings, and this will save you time and unnecessary setbacks.

  2. Plumbing & appliances: If the thought of going through thousands of options for plumbing and/or appliances is overwhelming, the designer can help you narrow down choices, or even choose for you. You can do some of the leg work as well if you want to save some money. For example, when the budget is an issue and the client is willing and available, we would give them size restrictions for appliances and some general suggestions on the brand. They can then go shopping and see them in person.

  3. Cabinetry Design/ Built-ins & finish carpentry: Adding architectural details (elements) to your home will be savored for years to come. It’s the best way to make your home special. It doesn’t exclude you even if you have modern and clean tendencies. There are many ways to achieve these details or conversely, to miss the mark. They must be thought out to avoid the “afterthought look”. Adding some unique features in your built-ins is a way to have functional and beautiful furniture in your home. A unique door, grille or hardware is something that doesn’t cost that much more and adds tons of style. This is my personal favorite category.

  4. Lighting design: New trends and products change weekly and each city has regulations regarding lighting. Some electricians are up to date and will help you with this. Others just stick to what they know (rightfully so). and they rely on designers, architects, or lighting designers to specify the product. You can invest in a lighting design company or you can use your designer. At a minimum, be informed on the basics so you don’t end up with fixtures you can’t use or the wrong color temperature in all ceiling recessed can lights.

  5. Hard Surfaces: Flooring, tile, stone, counters. These are the items that are hard to change after the fact so getting these selections done right is critical. For instance, if you have the wrong tile color on your bathroom walls (and they are brand new) you will spend a lot of time afterward trying to figure out how to “fix" it with towels and Decor.
    You now created a scenario where you have stuff you don’t necessarily love on top of something you don’t like to begin with.

  6. Cohesive Design: Do you feel like you are all over the place? You have tons of ideas, but you need the help of someone to pull your ideas together to make one fluid story. Talk to your favorite designer to help you achieve a homogenous concept and avoid a house that looks like 20 different ideas that don’t go together.

  7. Sounding board & Mediator: You are pretty sure of everything you want, but would be great to have a sounding board to help you? You may have a friend that has an eye for design and who you can bounce ideas at, but beware…it may not be your best idea and she or he can get offended that you didn’t listen or even worse. You may end up with something that doesn’t work. The designer can help you establish objectively what will be a better decision long term.

  8. Keep you on track: Once a look is established, by whatever means the interior designer uses, she or he can help remind you along the wat what the goal is. Working on your home is a process and you are entitled to change your mind all the times you want. Therefore it’s easy to get confused and sidetracked. We’ve seen it so many times when a client goes on a trip or a party and people volunteer advice or ideas, or they see something they like, and they come back wanting to change everything to accommodate this one thing. There were a series of decisions and construction codes that resulted in the current status of the project and a new great idea doesn’t necessarily mean that would function in your home. When you have a team, these decisions become easier.

If you found a designer you would like to work with, but the budget doesn’t allow for it every step of the way, ask the designer if he or she would be willing to do some of the work on the areas listed above and collaborate with you. When you find the right person, you will really enjoy the process. Your ideas can be validated, or the designer can help you define a style that’s right for you and guide you through it. “Workings” than other professionals involved so having your designer involved early is super helpful for the entire team. They can better articulate (by drawings, pictures, specs, etc.) to architects, contractors, and subs what you’re trying to achieve. Think of the designer as your family advocate

“Design is intelligence made visible”