Why work with an Interior Designer?

July 21, 2017

With all of the magazines, blogs, Instagram feeds, Pinterest boards and TV shows out there, it is easy to wonder what the value in hiring an Interior Designer is - it all seems really easy right? 

Here are just a few things you get from hiring a professional designer:


Professional Interior Designers have covered years of study to learn the underlying elements and principles of design. We learn the fundamentals of how to create a harmonious, balanced space and how to effectively add elements of contrast to build layers of texture within a room.


Interior Designers understand the importance of flow in a design and how to place proportionally correct pieces of furniture in a space. Whilst choosing a piece purely for aesthetics is something anyone can do, finding the right piece that also fits the functional needs and scale of the room is a talent refined through years of practice.


Colour Psychology is a part of the study required to become an Interior Designer. This means we know which colours work well together, which ones clash and the effect different colours can have on the mood and atmosphere of a space. We can apply this knowledge to help create a calming, sanctuary like bedroom or an energising and uplifting office space.


There is a difference between an Interior Designer and an Interior Stylist/Decorator. I find that the easiest way to explain is that an Interior Stylist/Decorator deals with the surface items - furnishings, paint/wallpaper, lights and accessories whereas Interior Designers look at the function of the space, layouts and plans, as well as the styling/decorating elements.


Things to look for when hiring an Interior Designer:

* Check the qualifications they have received - there is a big difference between completing a degree or a diploma that is nationally accredited as apposed to an online "Diploma" that can be completed in a number of weeks. These online courses do not cover the same content and many do not cover the essential skills needed to interpret space and develop well considered concepts that incorporate the elements and principles of design.


* Ensure they have an ABN/ACN. Even small businesses operating from home must have an ABN registered. 


* Have a clear idea of what you want when you start contacting designers and ensure they are able to provide what you need. For example, if you are planning a renovation and need professionally drafted floor plans to work from, make sure the designer is able to draft these.


If you are looking to transform your house into a home, get in touch with Sarah and book in a consultation today!


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