Why You Should Hire an Interior Designer for Your Next Interior Project

Interior Design

Why Hiring a Professional Designer Makes Sense

You may be contemplating remodeling your entire home or just redesigning a room. You have gathered some information and have a good idea about what you would like to have in your home. A designer can put all of his or her experience and expertise to work for you. Designing spaces is their life’s work, so they have the knowledge to bring your dream to life. They also have the time to find just the right options to give you the look you want at a price you can afford.

The artistic edge that a professional designer brings to your home can help you turn even the most challenging space into a beautiful yet functional area of your home. An interior designer will have a design perspective that allows her or him to see the potential of every space in your home.

Professional Interior Designers Can Get Your Project Done Successfully

With her or his expertise in blending both the practical and creative aspects of design, a designer will be able to create a plan that best meets your needs. A good designer will listen to your ideas, and then choose the best materials and finishes to get the job done well. Your designer will coordinate the plan from start to finish to ensure that your project is a success.

Professional Interior Designers Can Keep Your Project Under Budget

It is a myth that hiring a professional designer will cost you more money. With the connections interior designers have in the building and furnishing trades, they have access to deep discounts on high-quality merchandise and labor that will keep your project from going over budget. Many of these providers, such as upholsterers and general contractors, do not make their services available to the general public.

Gone, too, is the possibility of your making costly mistakes when you go the do-it-yourself route. With a professional interior designer comes a guarantee that your project will be successful.

Professional Interior Designers’ Networks Can Go to Work for Your Family

Your designer has spent years cultivating relationships with craftsmen and women, as well as retail and wholesale furniture companies. Your designer will know which ones of these companies will be just the right fit for your needs.

How to Find a Quality Interior Designer

Word-of-mouth is a great way to get started on your search. Ask your friends and colleagues who have hired interior designers for their recommendations. Next, take a look at the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) website. They have a list of designers located near you. Once you have a list, take a look at each designer’s website to see if their work looks like a good match for your needs. Once you have selected your top prospects, ask them for contact information for clients who have written testimonials. Make sure that the ones on your short list are licensed and are qualified to create the type of design you need.

Finally, make an appointment with those interior designers whose work and design philosophy appeals to you. Take a look at some of their work in person. Sit down with them and share your ideas. Of those whose work you like best, hire the designer who best listens to your ideas, who offers suggestions about how best to accomplish your plan, and who has the best grasp of your needs.

Judith Sisler Johnston, Allied Member ASID, IIDA, has been featured in Baron’s Who’s Who in Interior Designers for the past 20 years and has also been featured in Great Designers of the World. She is known for creating timeless original designs that compliment her clients’ community, business and lifestyle aspirations.