Thinking of hiring an interior designer? Don’t hesitate. Your home is your sanctuary – or it should be, anyway – and investing in customizing it will help you and your family thrive. You might be surprised by all the positive ripples that start to gently rock your world when you refresh your home. Who knows what might happen when you finally renovate your bedroom, update the kitchen or create the home office of your dreams? Will you end up better rested? Will you save money on take-out because suddenly you love to cook? Will you finally write that novel you’ve been talking about? Just like the potential of your finished basement, the possibilities are huge.
Chances are you’ve hired professionals to help you succeed in a ton of other areas of your life. How much money have you spent on yoga teachers, financial planners, dog trainers, therapists and coaches? Probably a pretty penny. And for good reason – working with a professional is the fastest route to getting the best results.
What Interior Designers Can Do For You
(Hint: It’s More Than Just Decorating)
First things first: did you know there is a difference between interior designers and interior decorators? Many people confuse the two, but they’re really two different professions.
An interior designer covers a much wider scope than just choosing fabric for treatments and picking out the perfect throw pillow. Sure, they do that, too. But they are also trained in the structural side of building and remodeling a home. They understand architecture, can manipulate floor plans, provide scaled CAD drawings and detailed elevations.
An interior designer’s job is, literally, to DESIGN the interior (and exterior) of your home. They create a space that fits your lifestyle. Function, unlike beauty, runs way more than skin deep. It doesn’t matter how great your place looks if it doesn’t take into account how you and your family need to use it. If your home isn’t livable, you’re not going to relish spending time there. An interior designer will analyze, dissect and evaluate your home and what makes it tick. They take time to listen, and they observe what’s working well and where flow is getting stuck. No two clients are alike. From the happily single bachlorette to the parents with 6 kids, what people need from their homes is deeply personal. A designer factors in all of that to create a space both pragmatic and pretty. If a home doesn’t satisfy the basic needs of its occupants, an interior designer can come up with creative solutions that help.
Hiring an Interior Designer: A Professional You Trust
Then Use The Time You Save and Do Your Thing
A common myth about interior designers is that they breeze in with their perfect taste, high-end goods and a healthy dose of attitude. After all, you’re paying them big bucks to transform your place into the hippest, trendiest pad on the block, right? Wrong.
When you hire an interior designer – well, a good one, anyway – they are not there to turn your home into their vision. A good interior designer IS there to create the most functional and beautiful space possible for you. That means that before they even start thinking about paint colors and coffee tables, they’ve already taken the time to get to know your style. They are professionals, and have studied everything from complimentary color pairing to the best wall level to hang art. Trust them. Let them do their thing. Think of all the time (and money) you’ll save when you stop second guessing which of the 17 paint samples you’ve been staring at is the perfect shade of gray.
Let Someone Else Do The Dirty Work
Interior design is a hands-on job, and it can get pretty gritty at times. Your designer may not be putting up the sheetrock on your new walk-in closet, but they aren’t just sitting at a computer ordering jute rugs, either. You know those reality shows where perfectly coiffed designers point their unchipped nails around a just finished remodel? That’s television, folks. In real life, designers are hard at work in the trenches – moving heavy throw rugs and climbing ladders to place that perfect piece on a hard-to-reach shelf. Are you really up for doing all that yourself? And what if you do it wrong? Reordering lighting fixtures that don’t fit your space and spackling up incorrectly measured holes gets expensive. Hiring a professional will save you from having to fix mistakes. Plus, what’s better than skipping over the dirty work and showing up for the big reveal? Nothing. Nothing is better than the big reveal; all the time and energy and decisions and details are revealed on reveal day!
It’s More Affordable Than You Think
A lot of people think hiring an interior designer is out of their budget. But the thing about budgets is that they are meant to be tailored to a person’s specific financial situation. Sure, someone with a 6-figure salary has more money to spend than a middle class, first-time home buyer. But as long as you draw up a budget and give your designer an honest number you can afford, a professional will be able to help you improve your home. Bigger budget? Carrara marble all the way, baby. Modest budget? The right porcelain tile can look like a million bucks. The trick is knowing where to spend the money, and where you can save it. Not only does a talented, professional interior designer know – by experience and intuition – where to save money, they also have hundreds of connections with vendors to get you deals you’d never score on your own. Really low on cash? You can always hire a designer as a consultant, then DIY the rest.
The Renter’s Blues
A huge misconception about hiring interior designers is that you need to own your property. Renters: don’t deprive yourselves the happiness of loving your space! Sure, if it’s not your name on the mortgage it may not be wise (or legal) to knock down walls and install custom cabinets, but that doesn’t mean you have to put up with an unpersonalized, uninspired home. There’s plenty a designer can do to make your space your own, even if it’s technically only for a 12 month lease. After all, you obviously get to keep all the furniture, fabrics and accessories your designers choose. You can take it with you when you go.
So while it’s tempting to image you have the time, vision and know-how to tackle designing or remodeling on your own, you’re better off investing in a professional. You’ll get things done right the first time. You’ll get access to the best vendors. You’ll get a home you might not have been able to dream up yourself. Did you know science proves we operate at our highest when we feel happy and supported? Image what your perfect home will bring out in you. Now, didn’t you have a novel to go start or something?