Interior design. I used to think that was something that required no skill, just money. Then I saw how poorly some wealthy people’s homes are decorated and quickly re-evaluated. In similar fashion, I myself have tried to mimic “minimalist” trends I saw in the home décor section on Pinterest. For some reason, when I did it, instead of looking edgy and chic it just looked like I was too lazy to decorate and/or couldn’t afford much and/or was afraid of anything not white. Not chic, not edgy, just kind of sad. A kind of sad that made me respect interior design (and the skills behind it) on a whole new level. It was after this minimally sad circumstance that I decided to do some investigating. After some research, I came up with this list of pros and cons to help those debating interior design to choose wisely.
- The Big Picture
One of the main pros of hiring an interior designer is that they can help you to better decorate your home (or even a single room) as a whole. Interior designers are the type of people who can turn an inch into a mile. In other words, you can give them just one solitary piece that inspires you and they can design the whole room around that item. Thinking beyond just one room at a time, interior designers can help to make your home “flow” from one room to another. This can prevent having one room that looks like your inner hippie designed it (think: bean bags and a Jimi Hendrix poster) and one room that looks like your inner mother designed it (hello, Martha Stewart). Cohesive design is a beautiful thing!
- Functional Beauty
Believe it or not, interior designers have some knowledge to share. Probably the most alluring part of hiring an interior designer is that they can combine making your home beautiful with making it functional. Storage that is easy on the eyes? Check. A couch that satisfies feng shui and comfort needs? Double check.
Okay, you will have to hear me out on this one. While interior designers can come with a hefty price tag, they can often save you money in the long run. As many of them have been in the business for years, they are rich in industry connections. Hire a good interior designer and they should be able to know how to get the look you want for less than you could find it on your own – that counts for money and time savings. Goodbye, endless hours of Google research…
- Chemistry Takes Effort
Hiring an interior designer takes some effort, trust and chemistry. If you decide to get an interior designer, you will have to spend some time researching one that fits your budget, style and personality. Style is obvious – if you’re going for a rustic look, it would make little sense to hire a mod designer. Budget is equally as obvious. Personality, however, is more important than one might think. It’s your home and their project – you will need to be able to bounce ideas back and forth, communicate openly and honestly and ultimately trust the professional to take your money and make it work.
You knew this was coming, right? Wonderful expertise and a knack for color and beauty doesn’t come without a hefty price tag. Like many things, the price tag for interior design relies largely on the size of the project and the level of expertise you are hiring. To give you some sort of idea, re-designing an entire room can set you back approximately$6,000. For smaller projects, interior designers often charge by the hour, ranging from approximately $50-$200/hr.
- Time is of the Essence
When working with a popular interior designer, you may find that you are not their only priority. Often times, after you hire an interior designer it could be days, weeks or even months before your project is on top of their to-do list. This means that working with this type of professional requires a little bit of patience and a flexible timetable for when you and your home will cross the finish line.
As is the case with many things, hiring an interior designer comes with it’s list of pros and cons…and in the end, you could argue either way. If you do choose to hire an interior designer, be sure to recognize the difference between a designer and a decorator. A decorator does not need any sort of official training to adopt their title, and is simply interested in the décor of the space. In most states, an interior designer requires some type of official training and license. Designers are also often involved with a space from start to finish, even throughout the building process.
Personally, I am in awe of what interior designers are able to do with spaces that often times seem so incredibly bland and lifeless beforehand. If you need anything to push you over the interior design debate edge, I have included some homes that have no doubt been touched by magic – or more likely, an interior designer.