Why You Need Interior Designers
If you’re doing up and re-doing your home, one of the questions on your mind might be whether you should go for an interior designer, or take it all into your hands. There are many pleasures in the hands-on method, though they come balanced out with their own measure of headaches.
If you’re in-between, and you’re not really sure how an interior designer could help, here are some of the benefits of getting help:
1. Planning: It can be a little overwhelming, to figure out where to start, how to organise your furniture and co-ordinate your colours, measuring out your spaces and so on. An interior designer can take the load off your shoulders, giving you the option of engaging with the more fun aspects of home-building, like picking a theme, colour scheme and so on. And if you’re aesthetically challenged, you can just hand over the responsibility and rest assured that your home will not look like a psychedelic nightmare.
2. Budgeting: Interior design agencies give you the option of fixing the budget before you get started on the work. You can choose materials, styles, finishes, plan out your furniture, get a clear estimate and change your mind about it if you need to. The threat of chasing after a runaway budget and discovering a never-ending string of added costs doesn’t hang over your head.
3. Materials: It might be a little difficult for the lay-person to recognise one material from the other, and you might not be able to tell whether your supplier is showing you the marine plywood he claims, or an ordinary ply which might not work for your kitchen. When you engage an interior design agency, you can insist on accountability when it comes to the quality of your materials, and you don’t need to depend on your own detecting skills.
4. Visualising, 3D modelling: interior designers offer you the option of visualising your furniture with the help of 3D modelling, so you can get a pretty good understanding of what you’re in for before you commit to it. Structural choices don’t rest on a good imagination, and you also have the option of playing around with the planning yourself, adding cabinets and removing them and getting a clear picture of how it looks before you make your choices!
5. Hardware quality: It might not be the most visually appealing part of your furniture, but good hardware is what prevents those drawers from sticking and doors from creaking, in the long run. Again, engaging an interior designer allows for greater accountability when it comes to the quality of hardware used, you can go for imports or choose the most reliable out of local brands.
6. Making the best match of budget and style: If you’re thinking that a limited budget puts you out of the range of choosing a designer, then think again! Here’s where they can really come in handy – when you’ve got your style requirements worked out and you’re not sure if your budget can sustain them. You’ll find that an interior designer could suggest plenty of ways to get that look you want within the budget you have.
7. Time: And last but not least, there’s a time factor. You’ll find that when you engage an interior design agency, there’s a deadline on the work, that you can track the progress of the project. There’s no head-shaking, mumbling, questioning glances at the sky; you can rest assured that your home will get fixed up within a reasonable time period, giving you the space to plan, relax, and anticipate that new home.
So, when you’re making that decision about going solo or seeking help, keep these pointers in mind. It takes some amount of research and a steely will to go solo; if you’ve got it, go for it, if not, engage an interior designer and shed some of the load!
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