Whether you’re decorating your new home or giving your existing space a facelift, interior designing can be a fun task. But with the many considerations ranging from aesthetic to functional, it may also get overwhelming. More often than not, you are faced with tricky decisions, and you may struggle to make the right choice — or unknowingly make the less suitable one.
That’s where an interior designer comes in. With their expert eye and years of experience, interior designers can instantly give you the best advice for your home.
If you’re struggling to choose which parts of your project are worth getting an opinion on from a professional, we’re here to help! Below, we’ve listed the things you should consult an interior designer on.
Defining Your Style
From Scandinavian to Eclectic to Shabby Chic, there are more interior design styles than you can count on your fingers. A lack of knowledge of the various styles means you may struggle to find the one(s) that suits your taste best. This could lead to inefficiency and a lot of back and forth when it comes to making decisions, and ultimately a disjointed design.
If you’re not 100% sure of your preferred style(s), we recommend consulting an interior designer. With their deep insights into different styles, they can help you pick your interior design style based on asking the right questions. This is especially important because knowing your style makes it easier to research and find the things you like, as well as make your interior look more cohesive.
Moreover, if you’re looking for ways to mix and match different interior design styles, your interior designer will be able to offer tips and tricks for a successful project.
Budgeting And Planning
Big-scale renovation projects are tricky to plan, from the early stages of planning and setting timelines to navigating safety and understanding permits and community rules. With years of experience, interior designers can set realistic goals for your project, provide tips on how to stay on track, and take safety factors into consideration. Moreover, they think ahead on what you will need in the future based on your lifestyle, and ensure you don’t make common renovation mistakes as a new homeowner, resulting in a successful project.
Elements That You Can Save On Without Compromising On Quality
Ever spot a high-end piece at a home decor store and get stuck in a dilemma — to spend or to save? Been there, done that! At times, investing in expensive pieces is worth it. In other instances, you can achieve a high-quality look without spending a fortune.
The ideal solution is to consult an interior designer on where to spend and save. Your designer can also offer secrets to making your space look expensive without splurging.
Things To Watch Out For
There are technical parts of interior design projects that common people don’t take into consideration. For example, layering lighting the right way, thinking about wiring and electrical connections, and more. Consulting an interior designer before starting the project allows your designer to guide you through the nitty gritty considerations you wouldn’t otherwise consider — and ultimately save you from expensive mistakes and unnecessary headaches down the line.
How To Communicate With Contractors
If you hire a contractor for your renovation, clear and concise communication is key. However, clearly sharing your vision or asking the right questions may be unnatural for people new to renovations and decor projects. In that regard, your interior designer can support you with tips on how to communicate effectively with your contractor to get the results that you want.
Finally, we recommend consulting your interior designer while deciding on floor plans. With their spacial planning training and ability to find workable solutions for every kind of space, your interior designer will be able to help you define the most suitable floor plan based on your lifestyle and functional needs.
When it comes to renovating or sprucing up your space, there’s a lot you can do on your own. However, a few things, such as the ones we’ve listed above, are best left to experts, because they have studied extensively and had experience — and even learned from mistakes, so you don’t have to.
Thankfully, interior designers are now more accessible than ever. With affordable yet talented top designers available on-demand on HiiGuru! If you’re looking for personalised advice from an interior designer or interior architect, pick your Interior Design Guru and book a consultation today!