Many assume that the hiring of an interior designer is a “luxury” or “overindulgent”. They believe that only those with a great deal of expendable income can afford to use a designer. But, in reality, this couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, once you’ve made the decision to redesign a room, your entire home, or if you’ve recently moved into a new space, the use of a designer can actually save you money. Here’s how.
Cost Savings #1: An Interior Designer Will Save You Time & Money
Time is money. Think of the hours, days, even weeks that you may spend searching for the perfect window treatments, bedding, cabinets, flooring, or accent pieces. When you work with a designer, they know what “works” in your space, and where to get it for the best price. In addition, a professional designer knows quality, and is knowledgeable about brands and craftsmanship. Your designer can advise you about furniture or accessories that may end up costing you more down the line to repair or replace if they are not quality pieces.
Cost Savings #2: Help You Avoid Costly Decorating Mistakes
All too often, we see people who have attempted to design a new home, or remodel their existing home, only to have wasted hundreds or thousands of dollars on design mistakes that could have been easily avoided if they had consulted with a professional designer before launching into the project. For example, here are some common, costly mistakes:
- Over Furnishing a Room or Buying Furniture Out of Scale
- Hanging Artwork Incorrectly or Too High
- Purchasing Quantity vs. Quality
- Bad Lighting
- Choosing Paint Color Before Flooring and Furniture
- Putting furniture up against a wall vs. floating
- Breaking the Flow of Your Overall Scheme
Cost Savings #3: Designers Have Connections
Professional Interior Designers have developed many contacts over the years, and this can often mean discounted rates for you. Designers work with contractors for just about everything, from backyards to tile work and cabinetry. Since they work together frequently, they often get better rates than a new customer.
Cost Savings #4: A Designer Can Re purpose Your Pieces
Rather than redo all of your cabinets, buy a brand new dining room set, or pull out your flooring, designers can help you come up with affordable solutions that will bring a fresh look utilizing some of the things you already have. For example, “blah” cabinets can look completely redone with hardware and gloss. Reupholstering chairs can give your dining room a facelift. Or, a small space can completely open up with the right mirror and accent lighting.
Cost Savings #5: Budgeting & Planning
A designer can keep you on budget, while saving you time and effort. Your designer knows where to go for resources for everything related to your home. This will save you endless amounts of time researching products, brands and prices. A designer knows your budget, and will have pricing of various elements readily available, so can ensure that your project stays within your budget parameters.
To sum it up, Interior Designers are “problem solvers”. We create solutions to simplify your life! We must always be at least 5 steps ahead when focusing on decisions, and understand how each one impacts the next. Every decision made on color or style affects the rest of the decisions made. Designing a room or home is like putting a puzzle together. Your Designer can implement your style, direct, guide, and stay focused on overall plan…. all while saving you time and money.