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Why You Need Interior Design Advice

Updated on December 23, 2017
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Discovering the therapeutic benefit of indoor water features with my aquarium, I soon found that tabletop waterfalls gave me the same effect

From the simplest design questions like how to select an area rug for your patterned floor, how to design an eclectic bedroom, and how to solve storage problems, to more complex inquiries like how to design a home recording studio, do a kitchen makeover, or plan the interior décor of a your home, seeking interior design advice helps you bring your dream to life.

Not only that, seeking professional advice can help you solve problems that may occur while building, renovating, or restoring your property. An interior designer will handle all the details for you in a very professional manner.

Some homeowners and leasors of rental property may think they know what they want, or rather, have an idea of what is required to transform an interior space but how about how well to put things together or how best to expand on a design concept?

Well, only the very creative of them can successfully design interiors that are both functional and aesthetically pleasing at the same time.

Why You Need Professional Advice

Let’s look at some of the reasons why you may need professional interior design advice.

  • Take for instance; you may need to undertake an extensive kitchen makeover but don't know how to approach the task. What do you do? Seek the services of an interior designer who’ll not only help measure out and produce scaled sketches but also pick out the appropriate elements required to give you a successfully designed kitchen
  • You may need to expand a room; open it up to create a multi-functional interior space, or wish to add on an extra room for an elderly parent who has no option but to move in with you.
  • Maybe you’ve just acquired an open space and need to create a functional office within this space. You’ll need a designer’s advice on space planning and allocation of space for each and every function required for running a functional and attractive organisation.
  • If you plan to build your 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 need to convert interior space to fit the requirements of a physically challenged member of your household. You’ll need the space to be comfortable, functional, and efficient for its user. The best working space can only be achieved if an interior designer is employed to carry the task.

These are just a few reasons why you may need to 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 professional manner.

Professional designers keep a good focus on issues that may occur as related to the project and will provide a varied number of service providers that will have great effects on the completed project.

If you seek advice early enough before your project commences, it will save you costly mistakes that many do-it-yourself homeowners make.

What You Need to Know Before Seeking Interior Design Advice

Before employing the services of an interior designer, there are some important things you need to know. Depending on your requirements, there are two groups of interior designers. They are referred to as residential and commercial interior designers.

While some designers will take on both residential and commercial projects, others will rather prefer to specialize and concentrate on only one of the two aspects.

Commercial interior design
Commercial interior design

1 Commercial interior designer

A commercial interior designer is sought for advice and implementation of projects that involve commercially run ventures like fashion houses, shopping malls, hotel interiors, coffee shops, offices, restaurants, clubs, etc...

2 Residential interior designers

A residential interior designer’s service applies to the home and any residential interior space, in part or in whole and includes interior spaces within detached and semi-detached homes, studio flats, condominiums, apartments, etc...

Residential interior
Residential interior

Knowing the Right Designer to Employ for Services

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

However, being an interior designer and a member of any of these associations doesn’t necessary help evaluate the ability and skill of any designer; neither can it be a judge of the scope of their abilities.

The best way to know who to hire 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 service optimally.

So whichever advice or service you require of any interior designer 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 home design a reality.

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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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