Interior Design Basics

 

Interior Designers are not only hired by the rich and the famous. Yet, many people are still hesitant and intimidated even at the thought of hiring an interior designer.  Let us try to clarify and go over some of the most basic questions about interior design.

 

What is interior design? – It is the art or the process of designing the interior decoration of a room or building. The American Society of Interior Designers also define Interior design as a multi-faceted profession on which creative and technical solutions are applied within a structure to achieve a built interior environment. These solutions are functional, enhance the quality of life and culture of the applicants, and are aesthetically attractive.

Why should I hire an interior designer? – Hiring someone to design your home or place of business may actually save you money by preventing you from making those costly mistakes and expensive re-dos. Aside from advising you appropriate schemes to suit your budget and lifestyle, designers can professionally advise you which materials are of good quality, durable and cost-effective. You would also need an expert in taking care of the coordination, project management and the logistics. Building projects can be very taxing as they consume a large amount of your time and resources.  Hiring people with experience will allow you to focus more on the important things that you need to do.

When do I hire an interior designer? –  As early as possible. If you are either building from scratch or if you are renovating, it pays to have the designer work with your architect and contractor as early as the planning stages. That way, you will all be on the same page and you can address potential issues right away. It is one thing to re-orient a door or a window on paper, moving it after installation is another story.

How much budget do I need? – It depends. You can actually establish your own realistic design budget and communicate that to your designer. You just have to decide how much you are willing to spend and explore what can be done to stretch and maximize that budget based on the design/concept you have. Just keep in mind that when you add different levels of detailing or more refined finishes, it could also stack on the costs.

 

 

What do I need to know before I contact an interior designer? – Think about the style, colors, theme and also what you want to accomplish and when. It also helps if you have pictures or if you have collected clippings from magazines of decors / items that you want to be incorporated on your project. Think about what you like and dislike, what works and what doesn’t. This will give your designer a good idea of your personal preference and taste so they can help you accomplish what you want to achieve.

 

 

Finding and choosing a design partner can be a tough decision. However, hiring the right partner can make all the the difference in the success of your project. Contact us for a free consultation or if you want to learn more how we can help you turn your vision into a reality.