07.12.19 | Home Interior Design

Do I Really Need a Home Interior Designer?

When you hear the term “home interior designer,” what comes to mind? 

Answers will surely vary, but one of the most common responses is “expensive.” While there is certainly a cost involved with hiring a highly-skilled and trained professional expert to help design and decorate the home interior design, the term “expensive” is oftentimes a misconception.

Although “expensive” is a relative term, we’re not suggesting that bringing in a home interior designer to help create the home of your dreams is cheap. What we are suggesting, however, is that the cost of not hiring a home interior designer can actually end up being higher than actually hiring one.

We’ve covered this before but, for many, designing your home’s interior by yourself sounds like fun and seems far simpler than it really is. You absolutely should have fun with the process and overcoming certain challenges can be rewarding, but if you factor in the costs of the mistakes and the times you changed your mind during the design phase, you’ll likely find that it actually would have been cheaper had you hired a designer in the first place.

Licensed designers also tend to have relationships with vendors and manufacturers, which also means they can get materials and products at better prices than private customers can. So, again, the amount of money saved helps offset the cost of hiring a designer.

If you are preparing to design or redesign the interior of your home, it would be wise to visit a firm you trust for a consultation. A well-regarded and respected agency will have a representative sit down with you to learn about what you want to do and determine the scope of the project. At that point, they will also be able to discuss your options with you including possible pricing and other considerations.

This should help you decide whether hiring a designer is in your best interest, and you may also discover that it is a more cost-effective approach for creating your dream home.

Cost is just one factor that homeowners tend to underanalyze or misunderstand when deciding whether or not to hire a home interior designer. Here are a few others that are worth a longer, harder look before making a decision.

Access and options

We stated that designers tend to get better pricing for materials from third-party vendors, which saves you money, but they also usually have a network of industry professionals. This means they have access to materials, furniture and other items that average consumers do not.

This drastically expands your options when designing the interior of your home. Not just from a financial aspect but also in terms of what you can and can’t do from aa style standpoint.

So, for best results, you want access to as many resources, items, materials and vendors as possible. More often than not, that requires the services of a licensed home interior designer.

“Nice” or “Amazing”?

Anybody who puts a little bit of energy, time, effort and money into their home interior design can probably make it “nice” — and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Besides, as long as you, as the homeowner, are happy, excited and comfortable with the look and feel of your home, that’s what counts.

However, for those who want more than “nice,” achieving the emotion you’re seeking can be nearly impossible without the help of a professional  home interior designer.

Sure, a homeowner can have an idea as to what they want their interior to look like and can have preferences for colors, themes, finishes, furniture, etc. They can also seek inspiration on the internet, in magazines and in the homes of others that they’ve visited. Again, there is nothing wrong with any of this and it’s how individuals approach the design and decorating of their homes.

But do those spaces stand out?

Are they “amazing”?

Probably not.

Home Interior designers are not merely people who decide to create spaces for a living. In order to become licensed designers, they receive extensive training in a variety of disciplines and specialties that enable them to better strategize and execute a design that will work for your home not only today, but in the years to come.

It requires an understanding of how all design elements work in conjunction to produce the best possible result.

How do you want to feel when you’re in your home? How do you want others to describe your home?

“Nice?” Or “amazing?” 

Think short term and long term

Even though you shouldn’t design your home for the next owner (remember, it’s about making sure you love it), there is the possibility that you will be selling at some point and you want to be sure it will appeal to prospective buyers.

While a designer will undoubtedly design the home that achieves your vision, they will be able to effectively do so in a way that enhances its look, feel and flow for not only guests, but others who may someday be looking to purchase your home.

So, to maximize your home’s potential and resale value, enlisting the help of a trained professional is a wise decision.

Keep it simple

Regardless of how it may seem, successful home interior design is complicated. However, a home interior designer will help you keep it simple. They will be able to create a strategy and plan for your home that will transform your vision into reality. Best of all, they will establish a budget that helps streamline the process and avoid any mistakes or financial surprises that tend to arise.

To put it in simplest terms, designing your house’s interior without a home interior designer is not unlike getting in your car and driving to a faraway destination without a map or GPS system. Whereas doing so with a home interior designer is like being driven to that destination by a tour guide who has made the trip countless times — and who could actually draw the map.

Hiring a home interior designer will allow you to simplify a complicated process.