A lot of people might find themselves wondering why anyone would bother using an interior designer. Picking out throw-pillows doesn’t seem like jobs that would require an advanced degree, so where’s the utility in hiring an interior designer?
The truth is that interior design can be a lot more complicated than it appears at first blush. While there are definitely some projects you can DIY, it’s a good idea to call in a professional if you’re looking to really improve your property value and your quality of life. Think about this:
Interior designers provide professional expertise.
Interior designers handle a lot more than throw pillows. There are a million little details that go into creating any given space, and an interior designer is trained to think about every single one of them. They consider everything in the room, how all the elements will work together, and how it’ll make you feel. That means space planning, organization, flooring, lighting, furniture, paint, art, accessories, and everything else. Designers consider how people will move through the space, and how the space will be used. They think about the play of light and how to make a room seem bright. They know how to pull disparate elements together to create a cohesive mood, and most of all, they integrate what the client needs with the constraints of the space to create something functional, beautiful, and livable.
Interior designers have insider access.
Believe it or not, there’s a huge secret community of retailers and showrooms that work exclusively with professionals. This means that interior designers have access to all kinds of resources that the average person just can’t reach. For example, an interior designer can often find custom furniture for the roughly same price it would cost to order something made-to-order from a catalogue. Instead of picking from a limited list of preset options and hoping for the best, a designer can help you choose the perfect size, the perfect color, the perfect finish, all without blowing your budget.
Interior designers know common pitfalls and how to avoid them.
There are a lot of little mistakes non-designers can make when they design their own spaces. Sometimes, they struggle with having too many ideas - they want something ultra-modern, but also art deco, but also rococo, but also with a little bit of traditional Moroccan thrown in. Or they might have aesthetic goals that conflict with their lifestyle - think couples who want an all-white, all-glass living room when they’ve got three kids and a dog. Most often, teachers and bankers and web developers just aren’t aware of all of the technical details that make the difference between functional and not, and end up choosing furniture that’s the wrong size, or accessories in the wrong scale, or textiles look good, but fall apart after a year. These are easy mistakes to make. An interior designer thinks about your lifestyle, your needs, your taste, and your budget, and has the know-how to pull everything together. She knows how to combine practicality and aesthetics to create functional, livable spaces that also look amazing.
Interior designers present creative solutions to built-in problems.
Whether it’s a too-small kitchen, not enough storage space, or too few windows, it seems like every house has some little quirk that makes a room feel a little less-than-perfect. An interior designer has the know-how to make smaller spaces seem larger and airier, dark spaces seem brighter and fresher, and chilly spaces seem warmer and cozier.
Interior designers add value to your property in more ways than one.
A well-designed home is a genuinely good investment for a lot of different reasons. First, there’s the immediate increase in quality of life. A good interior designer considers what your daily routine is like and how you like to spend your time, and builds her design around you. It’s personal. After working with an interior designer, your home will feel more comfortable, more relaxing, and better-suited to your lifestyle.
Then, when you’re ready to move, a well-designed home is easier to sell. Prospective buyers respond to comfort, beauty, and ease. If they can imagine themselves living there, that’s half the battle won. Plus, good design can add tangible, monetary value to your home. Beautifully-renovated kitchens and bathrooms immediately increase property value, which means that you can raise your asking price.
While working with an interior designer might seem like an unnecessary frivolity, professional design makes a big difference to your home and, by extension, to your life. Your home should be your favorite place to be, and an interior designer can help make it happen.
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