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How do I know if I Need an Interior Designer?
Are you debating whether or not it’s time to hire an interior designer to assist you with your home makeover project? Whether you’re working on a single room, or an entire house, working with a professional interior designer might be the best thing for you and your sanity! Sometimes it makes sense to step away from the guesswork of matching paint colors and the stress of selecting décor for every single room and just hand the reins over to a professional who can bring your vision to life and save your mental health. So, how do you know if you need an interior designer? Here are a few times when it really makes sense to work with a professional:
If you are working on a project that is on a tight schedule – like renovating a house that you just bought or outfitting a home office before you welcome a new baby home – then it makes sense to hire professional help. There are so many issues that can come up when managing a large project, including significant delays. A designer who is familiar with the process and who can work directly with your builder or architect (if your project includes construction) can coordinate everything while keeping the timing on track.
If you are focusing on a specific room – like a living room, kitchen or master bedroom – an interior designer can bring your vision to life. It’s easy to get caught up in the minutiae of design and take your time with every single decision involved in decorating a space, but a designer can help guide you with confidence and make the process more streamlined.
If there’s a room in your home that you think can function better and be more organized, but you’re just not sure how to get it done – then you will want to work with an interior designer. A designer doesn’t just pick paint colors and sofas, they’re also very knowledgeable about how a space can be used. If there’s a room in your home that needs to serve multiple purposes, an interior designer can come in and create a custom design with 3D models to help you visualize exactly what the final product will look like.
Living in a compact space presents numerous design challenges but working with an interior designer can help you live large in a small space. A professional can help you rethink the space, correct flow issues, resolve storage problems and bring a serene and cohesive sense of style to your home.
If you work from home and often meet clients in your home office, you probably want your house to exude a certain level of professionalism. Hiring an interior designer can be a smart investment that will ensure your home and home office are organized and welcoming.
Fixer uppers are extremely trendy but flipping an older home into a modern residence is no small task. Working with a trained interior designer will help you figure out how to best alter the floor plan for form and function, protect the historic integrity of the property and make it look absolutely beautiful once it is finished.
There are many more reasons to hire the professional help of an interior designer and countless benefits to working with one. Once you’ve decided to hire an interior designer, here are some questions to ask as you prepare for your project:
What is your budget? Whenever you are thinking about a remodel your budget is the most important thing to consider. Interior designers usually collect their fees at one time, so make sure to include that into your overall budget.
What services are you looking for? An interior designer does more than just selecting paint and placing furniture – some options include design consultation, site measuring and assessment, space planning, project management and more.
What is your personal style? An interior designer can help you come up with a very aesthetically pleasing design for any room in your home, but it’s also important that you are involved in this process so that you are happy with the end result.
Are you prepared to make a lot of decisions? It’s important to remember that just because you are hiring a professional it doesn’t mean that you won’t be involved in making the final decisions for the project. A designer can guide you and offer suggestions, but at the end of the day your final approval is necessary.
Hiring an interior designer is a personal decision, and while some people will love outsourcing the work others prefer to do it on their own. If you have design questions or are interested in exploring our furniture selection please don’t hesitate to contact us or visit one of our showrooms.
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