Should You Hire an Interior Designer?

These days, many people turn to TV shows, Pinterest, Instagram and other social media outlets to gain inspiration for their next project. Building a home or doing a renovation is fun and exciting. But, these projects also come with their challenges. It’s crucial for you to collaborate with experts you can rely on such as your architect, builder, banker, etc. Interior Designers are included in this category of experts, but are sometimes overlooked due to trying to save money or being ambitious enough to want to handle it yourself. However, Interior Designers are key when it comes to a smoother experience, and they can help to save you money, time and a lot of stress.

Do you have too many ideas?

If your head is buzzing with a million different ideas and you’re oscillating between styles, colors and material selections or if you can’t pinpoint the vibe you’re going for, you probably need some design help. It’s an interior designer’s job to help you get to the basics and streamline your vision. This will save you a great deal of time and frustration, allowing the decision making process to be so much easier.

Do you and your partner see eye-to-eye?

Most of the time the answer is a big NO. According to a survey on Houzz, renovations have been blamed for causing breakups, because the stress of a reno or build is overwhelming on the relationship. The main cause of tension is couples cannot agree on priorities and their tastes vastly differ.

In these cases, an Interior Designer wears their mediator hat when it comes to house-related decisions. Interior designers use their professional knowledge to make recommendations without any emotional involvement. Listening to both parties will ensure that each person’s tastes and personality is addressed. It’s a balancing act for the designer, but it’s important that both parties feel valued and comfortable in their home.

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Are you time-poor?

Many of us have crazy busy lives. Our time is spent working, juggling kids’ schedules, family time, pursing life goals and spending quality time with our partner. Often times we’re left with little
to no time trying to fit anything else into our schedule. There’s no time to review plans, select materials, finishes, colors or source furniture, let alone manage the project. Interior Designers can work with you early in the process and help you go through your plans to ensure the foundation of your design aligns with your vision. Designers can also jump in at any phase of your project to help guide you in making decisions that are right for you and your family. Having a professional by your side will give you peace of mind knowing you can delegate some decisions at any time that will help take the pressure off of you.

Is this your forever home?

If you answered yes, you’re building or renovating to suit you and your family’s needs and lifestyle. It’s not a home that’s meant to please everyone else — it’s all about you. An Interior Designer will use their expert eyes to give you a unique perspective on you, your home and your lifestyle. They can make recommendations with the long term in mind, often steering you away from trendy one-offs and focusing on timeless design that will reflect you, your needs and most importantly your personality.

How do I find an Interior Designer?

You can always ask friends and business associates. But, I recommend you also go through professional organizations like the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) or the Interior Design Society (IDS). Their members must meet specific standards such as related degrees, licensing exams and a number of years of work experience. Both have search tools where you can look for an accredited professional in your
area.

Coastal Design by Kim is a full-service interior design company. Regardless of the size of your project, our team can help you bring beautiful, functional designs to life. Contact us at (850) 904-6622 or send a message to get started today!