You’ve been thinking about hiring an interior designer for your next project, but you have a few concerns about it being the right fit for you. Today on Joy of Nesting, let’s clear up some common misconceptions about working with an interior designer.
When you hire a designer, you have to replace everything in your home. Not so.
This is the most common misconception about working with an interior designer. The truth is homes can be beautifully updated with as little as new upholstery and accessories. I have done this for several clients and in my own home very successfully. Doing décors using things you ‘already have’ and working with several styles and eras creates a look that evolves so much better than homes furnished in one place and time.
If the designer is good, working with things you already have, and love can be done quite beautifully.
Despite what your favorite DIY shows insinuate, interior design is not a low budget item.
Absolutely create the home of your dreams if you have the financial means to do so, but at the very least create a home for yourself that takes into consideration your physical and emotional needs and style preferences. If you lead a healthy, active lifestyle, a beautiful, efficient home isn’t really a luxury, it’s a necessity.
A space planning app replaces the need for an interior designer. Not exactly.
Having a space planning program on your computer, doesn’t mean you will fully ‘get’ how your spaces will look, function and feel.
It’s true there are several programs and apps available today which designers use to help you visualize your spaces.
But the magic doesn’t happen without talent behind the program. Also, your designer can help you envision the space with effective visual aids like paint colors and material swatches, once you have a clear plan. If you’re buying your own furnishings, fixtures, appliances, etc., a designer can help you with resources and give you guidelines on measuring windows and working with contractors, artisans and window treatment workrooms.
That’s it for today! And by the way, are you ready for a change? Then get some help via my premier, free design and wellness download, Healthy at Home, 5 Key DesignDecisions that Support Health and Wellness. It’s the prettiest little book, and a quick read with super effective design solutions that help you lead a beautiful, healthier lifestyle at home. And bonus, it has my 3-to-5 Things Framework so you can create a totally new look for your home using many of the things you already have and love.
Go get yourself some help!
Thank you for stopping by!
PS Something else to consider, knowing which questions to ask before hiring a designer. I’ve already prepared the questions for you in Hiring an Interior Designer: Great Questions to Ask, and Answer.