Is it worth it to hire an Interior Designer?

With the rise of popular websites, like Pinterest, it seems as though decorating your home would be super easy and be done before you know it. However, once you get into the trenches of decorating a room, or even your whole house, you may find that there’s a lot more to it than there appears to be. You might find yourself getting lost in which paint colours complement each other and which ones don’t, or how to pick the right accent piece for your room and how to bring your whole house together with themes tying one room or space to the next. All of this, and more, can be really overwhelming so it may be worth a look into an interior decorator to have your home looking like it belongs in a magazine.

What, exactly, will an interior designer do?

Their job is to make the space you have look amazing. They will work with you to figure out your decorative preferences, your lifestyle and how you will use this room or space. From there they will make efficient use of the space you have and ensure the newly decorated area matches exactly what you had in mind.

Are they expensive?

They can be. It really depends on their experience, the area you live in and what you’re asking them to do. In order to determine whether you can afford their services you need to set a budget, and be forthcoming about this budget when you first contact or meet with them. If you know their services are way out of your price range then perhaps look at alternatives or even ask them if there’s anyone else they can refer you to. If you are absolutely set, though, on a specific designer perhaps have one room at a time redecorated and that way you have some time to save up. Designers should also be able to provide you with an estimate for their services, and most will charge per hour so they can give you their hourly rate.

But, is it worth it?

Well, ultimately only you can answer this question. A lot of people will struggle to decorate their homes because they have a vision but they just don’t know where to start to make the vision happen. Interior designers will work with you, and your family, to ensure the vision you have is matched to a space that will fit your lifestyle needs. If your family room sees a lot of use and children running around you may not want to invest in that ivory couch, but rather a comfortable, easy to clean sectional the entire family can curl up on during movie night might be a better option for you. Interior designers can help you with all of your needs and point you in the right direction.

Even if you only want advice, colour palette recommendations or help with getting from a vision to reality interior designers can help. You also don’t have to feel as though this is an all or nothing deal: if you know you only need certain services from them then be upfront about it and ask if they are comfortable with providing that service. If you are comfortable painting, purchasing furniture yourself or doing other small pieces then tell them that. An interior designer is meant to help you achieve your goals, and by meeting with them to chat about expectations you will be much further ahead than you think. After meeting with a prospective designer take some time to think about it: you don’t have to sign a contract right away and if they pressure you to do so they probably aren’t someone you want to work with anyway. Take time, do some research and then decide if hiring an interior designer to make your vision a reality is right for you.