Many of us think of interior designers as resources available only for the wealthy with large fancy homes and lots of money. In reality, though, “regular folks” can definitely benefit from the knowledge, experience, and contacts of an interior designer. In fact, an interior designer might even be able to save you money compared to doing it yourself. If you want to spruce up your home ahead of listing it for sale, an interior designer can even help you sell your house more quickly and for more money.
Most of us have at least a very general idea of how we’d like our house to look. Maybe we even have some very specific ideas. An interior designer can help us to bring those ideas to life by translating them into plans that make the most of our space and our individual styles. If you have a favorite piece of furniture or art, an interior designer can make sure that piece is a focal point that has a great supporting cast of other furniture and accessories.
If you have a large room to decorate, it can be hard to find the balance between putting enough “stuff” in the room to keep it from feeling cavernous and having so much stuff that the room seems cluttered and confusing. An interior designer understands the best ways to make sure that the largest rooms remain inviting and functional. On the flip side, a designer can also help you make the best use of a small room by knowing what kind of furniture and accessories can make the room cozy and inviting without seeming crowded. The right decorating can even make a small room seem much bigger than it actually is.
If you’re planning on selling your home, you know that you need to make sure it appeals to as many buyers as possible. An interior designer not only knows how to make the best use of the space and lighting in your home, but also understands what appeals to buyers. Money spent on a designer can definitely be recouped by a quicker sale and/or higher selling price.
In addition to knowing how to make the most of any space and a great understanding of current trends, an interior designer has business contacts and resources not available to most of us. We could spend hours and hours, days even, visiting every store in town looking for the right pieces and parts, but a designer who knows what we’re looking for (maybe better than we do) will know exactly where to go for perfect furnishings and accessories to make our dream room a reality. Since most designers have wholesalers among their contacts, this could even save us money.
Interior designers can also save us money by being able to see things we can’t. Their knowledge makes it easier to plan for and buy a room with more precision that we might be able to pull off. We think one more lamp would be perfect, but that lamp seems to throw things out of balance, so we buy another one. But now, we need a different table than the one we thought was perfect, and so on. Designers can see how things from different sellers will work together in our space, which can save us money by minimizing the chances that we’ll buy something we don’t need and by helping us to buy the right thing in the first place.
All in all, hiring an interior designer can be worth the fee by helping you sell your home quicker, or by keeping you from making buying mistakes if you go it alone. Add in the time that having an experienced designer can save, and it’s definitely worth some consideration before you put your house on the market or decide that it’s time for a new look for your home.