With so many options available, how do you know if you need an Interior Designer?
Often, we can walk into a furniture retail store that has a group of individuals who are strictly floor salespeople. These are people that remain in store and sell merchandise to people that do not really require an interior designer's services. This is for people that require one or two items to supplement or replace something in their home. And, if you go to a larger store, there may be "in-house" salespeople that may or may not be interior designers. Some times they require a fee, and other times it is offered free with purchase.
An interior designer follows a process. A systemic, coordinated methodology including research, analysis and integration of knowledge to satisfy the needs and resources of the client.
This is the most basic difference between an interior designer and a decorator. A designer uses the art and science of peoples behavior for creating a functional space in the building.
Decoration is adorning with fashionable or beautiful things, designers may decorate but decorators do not design.
There are many ways to find the right interior designer for your home. Word of mouth works well, look at a friends home and ask her about her experience with the designer. However it is also important to see other work from that designer and meet with her in person.
Prepare for your meeting, by thinking of questions and showing pictures of rooms you like. Notice if the interior designer is listening to your thoughts and ideas. The designer should be asking you questions in an effort to get to know you, your family and how you live. She should not be trying to sell you in the initial interview. It needs to be determined if the relationship is a good fit.
Next, an upfront discussion of fees-as there are a number of ways interior designers may charge. You can chose to discuss your budget at this time, so that the designer can come up with a feasible presentation for your next meeting. I like to have an in depth initial meeting, so that I can sketch our thoughts on paper.
Some other reasons to consider an interior designer, is that some have very good relationships with showrooms and retailers that will allow the designer to bring things to your home on an approval basis to see the item in your home before committing to a purchase. Also, designers have good connections with the best painters, electricians, plumbers, artisans and builders.
Interior designers have studied color theory, space planning, universal design, environmental design, and so much more. It goes more into a life improvement creating a surrounding and environment to live in. Our homes are where we gather with family and friends, where we rest and escape, for some it is where we work, and the place we tackle the day to day from breakfast to bed time. Improving your environment can improve the ease and enjoyment of how you live your life.