by Catalogs.com Info Guru Aurora LaJambre
Many people assume interior design experts are only for high end businesses and wealthy people.
This isn’t true. Professionals can actually save you money in the long run, but that’s not the only reason to consider hiring one.
Here are the ten big benefits of using an interior designer.
10. Access to absolute know-how
Professional interior designers have dedicated their career to honing their design skills, expanding their resources and learning on their feet. If you have a bunch of crazy or abstract ideas, these are the people who can pull them together, anticipate obstacles and liaise with trade contractors. You can put your home in their hands with confidence because home design can be complex, but this is their world.
9. They hit the right notes
Décor can easily be so overdone and wind up looking more like clutter. Experts will draw the line. They’ll add notes of country home décor – quilts, baskets and other touches of Americana – and work them into your existing style.
8. They’re versatile
Some design firms provide a relatively new one-day service in which they come in and work with what you already have. Say you have furniture and accessories you love, but you’re not happy with the look and feel of the space. They’ll come in and show you how to best arrange furniture, place accessories and create a focal point. You only pay for their time, not materials as there aren’t any.
7. Realize your vision
How many times has a DY project not turned out as planned? One of the biggest benefits of using an interior designer is having someone who will help you realize your vision. Years of experience means they understand how to translate your ideas of how you want a room to look and feel, and make them a reality.
6. Less stress
Taking on a large home project is a lot to juggle, especially if you have work, children or other obligations to tend to. Bringing in a pro not only means handing off a long list of to-dos and but also all the stress and time-consuming tasks that go along with it.
5. Color done right
Ready to say NO to neutrals? Good. But if you don’t know how to work the color wheel, the place could turn out looking like a melted crayon box. Pros know how to play with a variety of hues and home accents, and when to hold back and let one dominant shade shine. They’ll use color to bring a one-of-a-kind feel to each room and link choices so there’s flow from one room to the next.
4. Guidance for the long term
If acquiring new home furniture is on the agenda, it helps to have some guidance. One of the many benefits of using an interior designer is their ability to think both long and short term. They’ll help you find a few quality pieces that you’ll love now and 10 years from now.
3. They make a theme work
Liking the look of rustic American Southwest décor, doesn’t necessarily mean the theme is easy to pull off. Experts will work authentic touches into each room so the theme is subtle and consistently influences color, furniture, fabric and even plant selections.
2. They keep you under budget
Whether you’re planning a room makeover or an extensive renovation, it helps to have someone on your side. A professional has the means to find you the best deals because it’s in their interest (and contract) to keep the project from going over budget.
1. They take the hassle out of going green
Many experts today have made it their business to familiarize themselves with green home materials, appliances, fixtures, treatments and other features to make a home more energy efficient. Navigating this segment of the industry can be confusing and pricey, so it helps to have someone on hand who knows the way.