Why use an Interior Designer?..things you should know

I often receive calls from clients and the first words they say are: “I have never done this before. How does this work?”

Living RoomGetting help to design, renovate, or just spruce up your home may seem intimidating but it can save you money and time. Having a designer can help can steer you clear of making costly mistakes.When most people think about hiring an interior designer, they zero in on aesthetics: wall colors, window treatments, pillow patterns. But that’s just scratching the surface of what a designer can add to a home. A designer envisions, plans spaces in a way that makes them both beautiful and functional. He or she balances aesthetic considerations with structural planning to reflect the clients’ lifestyle, set the desired mood, complement the home’s architectural features, and ensure that less glamorous details (like electrical outlets) fit into the scheme. An interior designer also cultivates relationships with trusted artisans, vendors and others who execute the design.You may have a clear vision) or not) for your home, but an interior designer can help you bring it to life while making sure it satisfies all considerations such as space planning. A trained eye and a creative mind-set allow for devising solutions that you might never have imagined, and attention to the tiniest details will transform your space into a place that looks polished and pulled together.

The most important thing to know before you call a designer is what you are hoping to achieve. You should try to have a good idea of the aesthetic you are hoping to create. The use of the application Houzz or Pinterest can really help you find the look you want and the style you are drawn to, even if you are not sure. The old adage is true “a picture is worth a thousand words.” Even if you have trouble articulating your desired look, pictures of rooms you love can instantly give the designer a sense of what you desire. He or she will ask you about specific points of the design that resonate with you and use those as guidelines.

KitchenWhen calling an Interior designer look at their portfolio and website before hand. See if their work meets your approval. Read about their philosophy and how they work and when you call make sure you ask those questions. Some other questions to ask are : What resources do you use? How do you price your work? How will you make the project easier for me? Do you have any trade professionals that you can recommend? How long will this take? Most importantly you must feel comfortable with your designer and build a rapport. You will spend a fair amount of time together and communication is key!
Great RoomMany times I have been called into a project where either the home owner has started by themselves and simply does not know or have time to finish, or tried working with some one else only to have that not work out.

What ever the case I am always happy to help! It gives me great pleasure to help others love where they live!
Understanding the function and flow of the family and household is a key element of the design. Layering the homeowners personality with items that are family treasures or great finds from travel, help keep it personal and give it charm. Working with a designer should help improve the overall experience of renovating or decorating and even make it fun!

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