Should I hire an interior designer? We’ve all been there. You’re stuck in a design rut. You want to spice up your home – whether it’s new paint colors, being tired of your old furniture and wanting to buy new, or not being able to stand another minute in your kitchen because your storage needs aren’t being met. With all the choices on the market these days, where do you even start?? You have so many questions, and we have the answers.

How do I recognize “good design?”

Think Star Wars on this one: Live long and prosper. That’s how great designers approach design. Ideally, a newly designed space will not go out of style in 5 years. It needs to be functional, comfortable to those using it, aesthetically pleasing and most importantly, it needs to grow with the times. A classic design will reflect the client’s taste and make them happy for years to come (not just while the trend is hot).

When do I need to hire an interior designer?

The sooner the better. Regardless of how large or small your project is, it will go a lot smoother and quicker if you consult with a professional designer.

What about retail store designers?

If you are partial to a certain brand and are just needing a new sofa or dining set, this could be a good option for you. However, in the grand scheme of things independent interior designers have access to an endless amount of products, many that consumers don’t even know about, allowing your design selections to be unlimited (as opposed to looking at just one brand or company). As a bonus, designers are typically part of trade programs that can ultimately result in better deals for you.

What are the benefits to working with a designer affiliated with a professional design association?

Interior designers have to pass the NCIDQ exam and will have met certain criteria to be involved in upstanding organizations, such as the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). These criteria are so crucial, that in many states it is illegal to even call yourself interior designer unless you have completed the necessary exams. Professional designers operate under a strict code of ethics and will bring an understanding of codes, building systems and safety to your project. Think of it this way: would you see a doctor who hasn’t passed their exams?

How do I use an interior designer cost-effectively?

Designers offer services spanning from color consults, drafting, space planning to finish selections (and beyond). Good designers won’t pressure you into things you don’t need and will help you as much or as little as you are comfortable with. To cut costs, clients may want to paint or refinish cabinetry themselves. Maybe you have a friend who’s an electrician that will cut you a deal. (This does result in the client becoming responsible for that phase of the project.) No matter the case, your designer will help you find the best solution for your budget, and can even suggest quality craftsmen that are best suited for the task at hand.

What does it generally cost to use an interior designer?

Let’s put it this way: less than it would if you start without a designer. The whole purpose of hiring an interior designer is so they can help you avoid costly mistakes. Skip the time and frustration that comes with biting off more than you can chew. They have the education, experience and skillset to get the job done right the first time.

Are there long-range benefits to hiring a professional designer?

Absolutely. Interior designers can set the stage for the “master plan.” In other words, they know how to work in phases and incorporate the new with what’s existing, resulting in a functional, unified, complete design of your space.

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