A lot of people don't know this - Interior Designers do much more than make spaces look pretty. Creativity is only a small part of the profession. And I'm committed to spreading the word about just how much value trained, qualified Interior Designers can bring to their clients and projects. Read on to find out.
Interior Designers can save you money.
Yes, I know that sounds completely counter-intuitive. After all, the world knows that Interior Designers can be expensive, and why pay for someone to come and buy the same stuff you would anyway, right?
For one, interior designers are trained (and I would only ever recommend hiring someone who has had formal training) to spot and avoid mistakes, like ordering the wrong length of fabric, or choosing the wrong shade of paint colour that looks completely different on your bedroom wall compared to the store.
Secondly, most Interior Designers have trade accounts with a large number of suppliers, so they get a good range of discounts on items, typically ranging from 10% to 35% off RRP. sometimes more. Not all interior designers pass on these discounts to their clients, but at ShilpAtelier Interiors, our clients receive 100% of all discounts we get from our suppliers - so it turns out to be a significant saving for our clients at the end of the day. In larger projects, our clients can frequently recover more than what they pay us as fees!
Besides this, Interior Designers can access trade-only pieces and materials that clients would never be able to purchase otherwise - at very attractive prices.
Interior Designers can save you time.
The longer it takes to implement a project, the more expensive it is.
Some clients think that simply because they have the time, they are better off managing the implementation process themselves. However, successful and high quality execution involves not only time, but also knowledge, technical insight and efficiency, and it's the latter three that Interior Designers tend to have more of than the average client.
Interior Designers are trained to work with other trades that are essential to making your design vision a reality - architects, joiners, plumbers, electricians, handymen, contractors, curtain-makers - you name it. We can think of likely scenarios and preempt problems that most clients can't. When faced with an issue (and there are inevitably some on every project), Interior Designers can think of viable alternatives quickly, often saving the day.
Interior Designers help to speed up the process and make it far more cost-effective for the client. Not to mention saving clients enormous amounts of stress and hassle, with the client not having to deal with every last bit of the decision-making, logistics and management.
Interior Designers maximise the potential of your space
We all have great ideas, and I firmly believe that every single person is creative. But not all of us have the tools and skills to turn that vision into reality, and we often don't know if all our ideas are realistic or achievable. Or which ones to filter out and which ones to keep.
Here's where an Interior Designer comes in. We take your aspirations and ideas, filter them, add our own and turn them into reality. We have the skill to combine the best parts of a vision, and combine them to make a cohesive, beautiful and functional whole. Because we are trained to visualise a space holistically, we know when saving £200 on a cheaper sideboard is not worth it because it will take away from a room the client has spent £££ on! Or even the opposite - we sometimes recommend that the clients buy a cheaper alternative to a piece they have their heart set on, because it would add more value to the overall scheme without compromising on quality.
Not only does this save time and money, it saves clients a whole lot of indecision and ending up with a less-than attractive space that looks little like what they had imagined. Interior Designers take your vision, and multiply it, maximising the potential of your space.
Interior Designers ensure that your space is beautiful - and functional
Interiors are only truly amazing when they are functional as well as beautiful. We've all suffered the annoyance of not having a power socket next to the bed or the couch. Or there not being enough light in a zone where we need it the most. Or not having enough practical storage in a room full of beautiful cupboards (happened to me in a hotel once!).
These rooms can be as gorgeous looking as you like, but if a space has been designed without due attention to functionality, it will eventually become somewhere you wouldn't want to spend time in. All show and no substance, if you like.
Interior Designers are trained with an eye to look at functionality in minute detail. We know the importance of moving light points and switches, of how high and low things should be and what distance. We know how to get the proportions of different elements in a room just so, so that it functions seamlessly as a whole, while being stunning to look at.
At the end of the day, Interior Designers add far more value to a space than is visible on the surface.
These are just some of the main reasons why it makes sense to hire an Interior Designer the next time you plan to update or renovate your space.