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Interior Design Advice – Why Do You Need a Professional Designer?

Updated on January 6, 2019
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Working as a professional interior designer for many decades, I've been involved in design-and-build residential building projects.

A picture of an interior design model. This is done by a professional interior designer.
A picture of an interior design model. This is done by a professional interior designer.

Why do people seek interior design advice? The simple answer is that it does not matter how good or creative you may be, advice offered by an interior designer is more professional, very technical, and highly detailed. An interior designer will give the interior of your home or workplace a ‘soul’, it will make it more purposeful, efficient, and adaptable than you ever can.

These vital reasons coupled with the fact that they will give your home or office aesthetically pleasing and livable interiors are some of the reasons why advice from a professional is imperative, especially when you have a task that is way beyond the scope of an interior decorator.

Interior design plays a vital role in our everyday lives and is an important technique that is given a high consideration in most regions of today’s world. Diverse clients seek professional advice from interior designers to help them not only create great interiors, but to also solve problems that may occur while constructing, renovating, or restoring buildings. All the intricate details from conceptualisation to implementation will be handled in a very skilful and professional manner.

From seeking simple advice on how to solve storage problems or how to design a home recording studio, to more complex inquiries like how to restore a Georgian style interior or how to design a doctor’s clinic, proper interior design advice will help you bring your dream to life.

Do You Really Need Interior Design Advice?

Some homeowners and real estate companies think they have a clear view of what they need to transform an interior space or know precisely what they want. Many of them do not. They do not have an idea of their total requirements, have no idea of how to put things together, nor do they know the best way to expand on a design concept.

They certainly need to employ the services of a designer who has the right background and technical skills required and understands the language of functionality in designs combined with artistic appeal.

Interior designers also keep a good focus on issues that may occur as a project is in progress and can put together a team of service providers that will ensure a project is well implemented and supervised through its duration till the project is successfully completed.

A point to note is that you must seek advice early enough to avoid the costly mistakes that many DIY enthusiasts encounter. Below, you will find more reasons why you may need professional interior design advice.

  • Do you need an extensive kitchen makeover? Seek the services of an interior designer who’ll not only measure, consult, and provide you with blueprints and 3D presentations, but will also suggest to you the appropriate elements needed to ensure the project is completed satisfactorily.
  • The renovation works that you require is extensive. There is the need to expand a room to create a multi-functional interior space. Professional interior design advice and service is required before going ahead to bring down walls by yourself. You may also plan to add on an extra room kitted for an elderly parent that has no option but to move in with you. You need professional advice for this.
  • You have leased some open floor space on the tenth floor of an office complex building and you want a functional office within this space. You need interior design advice on space planning and allocation for every member of staff and plan for every function associated with running an organisation.
  • When you plan to build a new home from scratch you will find the services of an interior designer very valuable at the design conception stage where the interior designer may have to work closely with the architect.
  • You need to convert interior space to fit the requirements of a physically challenged member of your household. Space must be comfortable, functional, and efficient for its user, so, the best layout can only be achieved if an interior designer is employed to do the interior design and supervision works.

These are just a few reasons why you may seek professional advice from those who’ve been trained on how to make your ideas become a reality. An interior designer knows what is expected of him/her, knows what to do and how to implement the task in a very professional manner.

While some interior designers will give advice and will work on either residential or commercial projects, or both, other professional designers who work in specialized fields will concentrate on, and give advice only on anything related to their chosen niche.

From the portfolio of a professional interior designer.
From the portfolio of a professional interior designer. | Source

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Know the Right Interior Designer to Seek Advice From

There are now design bodies and associations that have established standards and credentials approved for the interior design profession. They are set up to test career interior designers for proficiency, aptitude, and professionality, before being admitted into their associations. To become a member of the fold, you will need to pass some examinations.

But being a member of any of these associations don’t necessarily help evaluate the ability and skill of any interior designer and neither can it be a judge of the scope of their skills and abilities. Some designers will not take the examinations until they have had several years of experience in the profession.

The best way to know who is best to hire is to first look at the range of services they have provided, then, assess their previously executed jobs, and then if you can ask their past clients about their experience with the interior designer. By following these tips, you will pretty much guess if he/she can offer you an optimal service and good interior design advice.

You will need professional interior design advice to carry out a commercial project such as this..
You will need professional interior design advice to carry out a commercial project such as this..

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    • viryabo profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      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.


    • V. Ratri Aryani profile image

      V. Ratri Aryani 

      8 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

    • viryabo profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      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.


    • Cathi Sutton profile image

      Cathi Sutton 

      8 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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