Many people ask me why they should hire an Interior Designer. Most have never worked with one so it’s often difficult to understand the process, or they believe hiring an Interior Designer is only for the rich and famous.
Think of it this way . . . you’ve invested your hard-earned money into buying your home, so now you’ll want to showcase its architecture and features to look their best. An Interior Designer takes your vision and helps you to execute it efficiently and effectively.
You may not know where to begin the design process, or you do have an idea of what you want but don’t know where to begin, or you simply do not have the time it takes to pull the design together and prefer to leave it in the hands of an expert…in any case, an Interior Designer makes your life so much easier and less stressful!
Let’s take a look at what hiring an Interior Designer can do for you.
- Save you money.
An Interior Designer is a professional, just like your doctor, attorney or accountant. Like these professionals, you will be charged a fee for the services, however Michelle Cortizo of Cortizo Interiors n Boston, Massachusetts, makes a compelling point. “Hiring a designer can help you to avoid costly mistakes that will not only help you save money but can increase the value of your home.” Interior Designers create a plan that will fit your budget and manage the process to ensure an incredible outcome.
- Professional perspective.
You may have family and friends give you interior design advice. However, with an Interior Designer, you receive a trained professional’s knowledge and guidance along with a solid plan of action. The Designer points out what can be reused or should be excluded, all-the-while staying within budget, to help you spend it more resourcefully. An Interior Designer offers professional perspective that helps you to see and notice things that can be critical components to your overall design plan.
- Setting the plan and the budget.
An Interior Designer keeps you on budget and saves you countless hours of trying to find the items for your home. The Designer has the relationships and resources for everything related to your home. This alone saves you endless amounts of time researching products, brands and prices. Think about this, you don’t have to spend hours and hours trying to figure out the best strategy, design layout and plan for your space. Working with an Interior Designer gives you peace-of-mind and controls the pocketbook.
An Interior Designer will be able to build “a stronger bridge between you and your architect or contractor early on and can head off design misses in your overall plan.” This is crucial in managing time and money explains Cortizo. In addition, Designers are trained to think about things we may overlook. “It’s so important that the lighting and furnishing needs are addressed before construction. If your living room sofa is floating in the middle of the room you want to make sure you have the proper placement for floor outlets.”
Interior Designers have connections and resources available to them that are not available to the general public. Designers collectively use these resources to ensure the space is pulled together for a superior design result.
- Trade relationships.
Trade relationships are key for Interior Designers. The relationship forged is one of trust, craftsmanship, and dependability. You don’t have to spend your time searching for these industry tradesmen when you use an Interior Designer. In today’s new and remodel home craze, it’s best to go through an Interior Designer to manage a construction project. You will save countless hours, money and know you’re receiving a top-quality job.
- Wow factor.
Designers can help to give you the “wow” factor you’ve been looking for. They are trained to think differently, spatially and to see an overall picture that clients often cannot. Cortizo adds that “Thinking outside of the box is what designers do all day long.”
- Home sale.
A designer can potentially add a great deal to the aesthetic of your home, which in turn can increase showings and sales. This increased appeal can exponentially speed up the amount of time your home sits on the market before it is sold. The benefit here is two-fold, a faster turn-around time and more money in your pocket.
- A trained eye.
“A designer is a professional with a trained eye that can automatically tell you if there is something wrong or right with a space. Having that immediate consult is a major advantage when making aesthetic decisions. It is the result of years of experience.” says Cortizo. Often times, homeowners try to do it all themselves and get frustrated. The trained eye of an Interior Designer gives you a professional perspective that keeps you on the right track to a beautifully designed space.
- Visual story-teller
Cortizo concludes with the fact that: “Interior design is a skill and an art that will only enhance the space and the quality of your life in the space. Hiring a pro raises the level of that experience and makes your house a home. A designer can help you tell your visual story. I can’t think of a better reason than that!”
In conclusion, an Interior Designer envisions, plans and fashions spaces in a way that makes them both attractive and functional. The Designer balances artistic considerations with structural planning to reflect your lifestyle, set the desired mood, complement the home’s architectural features, and ensure that less glamorous details, like electrical outlets and air vents, fit into the scheme. In addition, an Interior Designer develops relationships with trusted artisans, vendors and others who execute the design. What are you waiting for? Call Donna Mancini Interiors & Flooring today to schedule your design consultation!