Should You Hire An Interior Designer?

There are a number of reasons why you may need interior design advice and will have no choice but to employ the services of an interior designer.

You may think you know what you want, or you may have an idea of what you want your interior space to transform to, but have no clue as to how to put it together or expand on the concept because you aren’t that creative.

You may need to undertake an extensive interior makeover but don't know what to do or how to approach the task. Or you may have visited some friends beautiful homes and 'wowed' by the aesthetically pleasing interior design works you saw.

On the other hand, you may need to expand or open up some portions of your interior space, or need to add on an extra room for your elderly parent who has no option but to move in with you.

You need interior design advice if you want to have your project handled professionally.

Why You Need the Experts

Those are just a few reasons why some home-owners may need to seek professional interior design advice from an expert who will know how to put your ideas into reality by knowing what to do and how to implement the task in a professional manner.

But you need to get a job well done.

If advice is sought early enough before a project commences, it saves costly mistakes that do-it-yourself home-owners may make.

An interior designer will keep a good focus on interior design issues as it is related to the project, and will provide a varied number of services that will have great effects on the completed project and determine its success.

An interior designer that is creative, trained and skilful, will be able to work with any client and deliver whatever he/her/they desire. So for example, if:

  • You are thinking of building a new home from scratch, you will find the services of an interior designer very valuable at the design conception stage, which is before building works commence.
  • You wish to re-model or renovate your existing home; employing the services of an interior designer will ensure you get a breathtaking, pleasing and functional interior space.
  • You need to set up a complete office from an open plan space, a commercial interior designer is the one that's needed to efficiently allocate space as may be required for the office and its varied tasks.
  • You need to convert interior space (or spaces) to suit the requirements of an aged citizen that has challenges. An environment that's comfortable, functional and efficient can only be achieved if the service of an interior designer is employed for such a task.

What You Need to Know Before Seeking Interior Design Advice

Before employing the services of an interior designer, there are some important things to note.

But first it’s important to know that there are two groups of interior designers and they are referred to as:

  • Residential interior designers
  • Commercial interior designers.

While some design consultants take on both residential and commercial interior design business, others prefer to specialise and concentrate on only one of the two aspects.

Residential interior designers

A residential interior designer’s service pertains to the home and any residential interior space, part or whole, including interior spaces of detached houses, semi-detached homes, studio flats, condominiums, apartments, etc...

Commercial interior designers

The services of a commercial interior designer is sought for interior design advice and implementation of projects that involve design works in commercially run ventures such as fashion houses, shopping malls, hotel interiors, coffee shops, offices, restaurants, etc..

Knowing the Right Person to Employ for Design Services

There are now numerous organisations that have established standards and credentials for the interior design profession. They are set up to test career interior designers for proficiency before being admitted into their various groups.

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But being an interior designer and a member of any of these organisations does not help to evaluate the ability and skill of interior designers, neither can it be a judge of the scope of their interior design advice.

The best way to know who to hire as an interior designer is to look at the range of services they provide, assess their previously executed jobs, and then ask around to see if the particular designer has the ability to offer you his or her interior design advice and service.

Whichever advice or service is required of an interior designer (they can work both offline or online), because they are professionals in the industry, they will help translate and put design concepts and ideas on 'paper', so to speak, and make your dream a reality.

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Cathi Sutton 6 years ago

Great Hub! Interesting videos too! I love to decorate, and redecorate, (never had a designer to help me). This was great!

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viryabo 6 years ago Author

Hello Cathi, thank you for your nice comments and for stopping by. You like you must be creative and have eyes for great things for an interior space. I know you have so much fun doing interior decorations.


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V. Ratri Aryani 6 years ago from Semarang, Indonesia

wow ... this is a great hub. I'm not an interior designer, but I liked everything about the interior design. .. My friends often ask me to make some ideas to design their home and I love to do that.

May I asked you, Viryabo.....

Is it okay if someone who is not an interior designer do that?

thanks a lot

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viryabo 6 years ago Author

Hello V, thanks for the compliment.

In my opinion, there is absolutely nothing wrong with giving ideas or doing design work for friends.

Way back, when i was still an interior design student, i did work for friends and family too, just because i loved doing it. Most of the time, for nothing, just because i was having a great time seeing my creations come to fruition.

Now today, it is my profession and i make money from it. LOL!

Just go for it!

Thank you for the visit V and i hope my answer is of help.


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