We all have an image in our mind of what our ideal home would be like, the thoughts are usually pushed aside and we end up settling for what we have easy access to. The concept of finding that perfect rug or that fitting throw becomes lost in thought as we start to ponder the reality of money, time and where to find it. Society today is more aware than ever of how important our time is to us. Interior designers provide a service so much more than offering a design. Here are some key points why you should never underestimate the value of a good designer:
• Saves you time
Spending time searching for the right sofa or coffee table, when you could be using that time with your family or something more beneficial to your lifestyle. A designer does all this work for you!
• Sourcing your products
One of the most time-consuming jobs when it comes to finding that right piece of furniture or accessory is where to get it from. Searching through website after website or walking around a variety of shops can become confusing, the more options given to you the more you become uncertain of the direction you want to go in. Designers will help you focus in on what you want to achieve, and strip away all the unnecessary options.
• Professional assessment
A designer will be able to assess what work needs to be done, what you have and what will work well with what you want to achieve. They will give you ideas that you may not have thought of before and explain the best way to achieve it.
• Budget & planning
Starting a project can become very costly if you do not plan and budget correctly, it’s very easy to overspend and detour from your original plan. Left alone buying things online or in a shop can gradually build up the cost factor. A designer will not only make sure everything sticks to the plan laid out but also ensures that you stay within budget. So no scary financial surprises……Hurrah!
• Liaison with contractors & architects
With projects involving sourcing outside help such as contractors and architects can be very stressful, not only will a designer provide a clear understanding to both parties of what needs to be achieved, they are your go-to person to deal with any arising issues. This cuts down time and saves you from any potential miscommunication.
• Wide availability of resources
Interior designers will have established relationships with a range of contractors, such as builders and carpenters; they will know who will provide a reliable service. Through extensive research, a designer will also have a wide catalog of resources when it comes to sourcing products and finishes for your final design. So anything can be achieved, the sky’s the limit!
• Visual storyteller
After your initial design consultation, your designer will provide visuals for you to better understand what will be achieved, accompanied by a mood board. A mood board generally exhibits textures and colours intended to be used in the design, alongside some images of key pieces such as a light, sofa or cushion. This will help provide you with a better understanding of the concept and give you a sense of how the room will look and feel.
• Increase your value
Any good design within your home not only increases the value of that space to you but also can increase the value of your property.