have you ever thought about hiring an interior designer, but unsure of how they can help? you have an eye for what you like and have some ideas of what you want, but there might be aspects of your design project you are just not so comfortable with. perhaps you are unsure of your own design style, the best layout/use of your space or the most appropriate products for a given application. maybe you wonder what’s the best use of your funds or how to facilitate a smooth completion. let’s get a better idea what each of these looks like.
1. design style:
when considering a project, no matter how large or small, there are existing parameters that typically influence your design style. a few of these are the age and period of your home, it’s surroundings and location and who occupies the space. the pieces you already own and ideas you may have found on pinterest or houzz must also be considered. it is important for all elements to work together to create an environment that reflects your style, but also sits well within the context of where you live.
2. layout/use of space:
the way you live in your home and your pattern of how you go about your day greatly influences the layout and configuration of your spaces. what works for one household may not be the most beneficial for you. taking into consideration your home’s best features and balancing them with those that don’t work as well will help the whole function more smoothly. this will create a much more enjoyable experience doing your day to day tasks.
3. appropriate products:
it can be enticing to use products that are the most trendy or popular, but this does not mean they are, by any means, the most appropriate for your space. using materials that are functional, beautiful and resonate with your style and the homes surroundings will create an atmosphere of ease and comfort.
4. use of funds:
everyone has a budget and it is important to consider what investment you would like to make into you home and it’s spaces. knowing where is best to invest is crucial, so your improvements stand the test of time and you are able to complete everything, even if it is in stages.
5. smooth completion:
there are many steps to any project and knowing how to facilitate the process can save time and energy. knowing the order, the process and having a timeline requires clear communication. it is rare that a project runs from beginning to end ‘without a hitch’, so having a clear path from start to finish helps alleviate confusion.
with all these thoughts in mind, the benefits of working with an interior designer often include saving both money and time, two commodities we all seem to desire more of. an experienced designer, with an ability to listen well, can carry out creating your dreams within your space. having a second set of eyes and a listening ear can really help you bring all your thoughts and ideas together.
how to find a designer that understands you?
best advise: look at a designer’s portfolio of work, their philosophy and outlook on life, find one that really resonates with your own outlook and hopes for your home. working with the right person and their team can alleviate much of the stress that is often associated with a design project, and can be one of the most rewarding and enriching experiences.