Think hiring an interior design is an unnecessary expense? That tends to be their stigma. When you think of hiring a professional to coordinate your décor, you probably think your home is too normal or average to require such an investment. Interior designers are just for rich people with enormous mansions, right? Not so fast.
Designers can enhance space planning
According to Rona Spiegel, president of Lifestyle Interior Designs Ltd. in New Jersey, "the right [interior designer] can help you save money and time by avoiding costly mistakes." She went on to explain that designers can help with space planning in your home, helping you make the most of the square footage you have. They will generally create multiple wall elevations and design plans and then let you decide which one you like best.
Spiegel explained their methodology, saying, "They draw upon many disciplines to enhance the function, safety, and aesthetics of interior spaces. A skillfully design space looks like you spent more money than you did!" However, you should be choosy in your selection of the right interior designer for yourself and your space.
Research and interview first
Your selection should involve several steps, including research to figure out what types are available in your area and what their respective styles are. Interview them and leaf through their portfolios to see what their finished products end up looking like. Before signing a contract with them, make sure their education and credentials are legitimate. No formal licensing is required to practice interior design. You can check out asid.org for referrals to real, accredited designers.
Once you’ve selected your designer, you need to be willing to put the fate of your design into their hands. Be open to ideas that seem a little foreign to you. After all, they are the ones with experience and your decision to hire them symbolized your admittance that you don’t know enough to do it on your own. Spiegel said, "Your designer is there to help you enhance your style and take it to a higher level."
Consider your home’s potential
Sometimes when you move into a new home, it’s easy to compare it to the comfortable setting you had in your last home. You want everything to be perfect and homey and cozy immediately. However, as with any new thing, it will take time to adjust yourself to your new environment. Before spending big money on renovations and remodeling, allow an interior designer to show you what your home is capable of.
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