In these days of Pinterest and countless home improvement shows, designing your own home can seem simple. Just pick out some bathroom tiles and a few furniture pieces and you’re all set. Well, possibly.
If you have loads of time, a budget that can account for misfires, and almost never feel stress, going solo can be a great option. But if not, consider all the ways that working with an interior designer can help.
1. You save money.
This may seem counter-intuitive, but with a carefully designed plan you’ll avoid making mistakes when choosing furnishings. It’s easy to fall in love with a sofa or lamp, only to bring it home and realize it’s much too small or big for your room. Or you could choose a paint color that looked great on the sample chip but terrible on the wall. There are also mistakes involving materials: kitchen backsplashes that get stained, rugs that wear in one spot or show all the dog hair, fabrics that pill. Replacing these items can be costly.
2. You save time.
Thanks to the internet, your choices for home furnishings are nearly endless. But sorting through every possible kitchen layout, coffee table, or door knocker can be completely overwhelming and take hundreds of hours. A designer knows your tastes and budget and where to look for items that fit your individual needs. What’s more, designers know lead times for ordering items that contractors require, critical to avoiding construction delays. And they can coordinate the ordering, delivery, and storage of your choices, too.
3. Your stress level goes way down.
When building or remodeling, it can be shocking how many decisions you have to make: paint colors, lighting fixtures, door handles, drawer pulls, tiles, tile patterns, grout colors …. the list goes on. Choosing items that will be permanently installed, like kitchen countertops, can be particularly stressful. A designer will help you make all of these choices before the first hammer is lifted and ensure that no details are forgotten. (Translation: no more midnight runs to Lowe’s to look at paint chips.)
Once your project is underway, a designer can act as your advocate with your builder, explaining anything that’s confusing, making site visits to track progress, and clearing up miscommunications that can cause delays.
4. You end up with a home that really works for you.
It’s fun to go down rabbit holes in Pinterest, looking for the perfect chair fabric or kitchen countertop. But a designer will start with a much more holistic view of your home to make sure it works for the way you live. Do you have children? Are they avid soccer players and need storage for sports equipment? Do your dogs need hosing off before they come inside from their daily hike? Do you have an aging parent who might move in eventually? Do you host large family gatherings and love to cook? How tall are you and your other family members? Does clutter make you crazy?
Answers to questions like these affect everything from kitchen layouts to sofa choices to bookshelf design. And when these considerations are kept top of mind, you’ll end up with a home that you and your family truly love living in. Plus we can still have fun finding the perfect chair fabric.