DIY vs. Hiring a Interior Designer

Many people assume hiring an interior designer is a privilege that belongs only to the affluent. Countless “DIY” tv programs promote the notion that keeping a budget means you can’t afford to hire a professional for your next home improvement project. That is simply not true. Here I will lay out why hiring a professional, qualified designer can not only help you achieve your aesthetic goals, it can also help you save some cash.

Each of us has her own unique style and preferences. If you haven’t yet tapped into your inner designer and found your own “home decor voice” an interior designer can help. We can help you pinpoint your own style and needs and work towards creating a home that reflects who you are. A good designer does not seek to force his or her own tastes on you, we give advice that will guide you to what works best for you. If you already have a clear vision and feel you know exactly what you want, we can still be of invaluable assistance by giving you access to resources otherwise unavailable to you. There is a world of furnishings, fabrics, and accessories that are open “to the trade only.” We can get you into wholesale markets offering furnishings at many levels of price and quality.

Interior designers can also save you countless headaches. Every project, small or large, presents challenges. It might be an unusual window size, a tricky corner, or the uncovering of a previously unknown structural defect. We are trained in knowing how to come up with solutions that work and solve problems--even highly technical problems-- when they arise. This can prevent costly mistakes in the long run. In addition, we will make sure the job gets done. Managing the variety of labor that goes into a project can be overwhelming for a homeowner who is juggling home improvement with work and family obligations. As designers, we work with some of the best painters, installers, and contractors around. We will find skilled and trustworthy craftspeople and make sure that everything is completed in a timely manner with all details managed appropriately.

Finally, hiring an interior designer can help you save money on your next project. When you have an expert working for you, she can help you stay within budget while still achieving your goals. Remember, a good designer knows the ins and outs of the industry, where to get the best deals and how to spend your budget wisely. You won’t be forced into replacing everything you own with something new and expensive. A skilled interior designer can work with resources you already have and give you advice on how to maximize the beauty and functionality of your existing space and furnishings. With all of this, how can you afford not to hire an interior designer?

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