5 Signs That You Need Help From an Interior Designer
Building and renovating can be fun and exciting, but they can also create a great many challenges. When starting such an involved project, it’s important to collaborate with experts you can trust: builders, architects, tradies, bankers, mortgage specialists, etc. Interior designers are also among this pool of helpful experts, but they’re often considered a luxury and therefore overlooked in an attempt to cut costs. There are, however, a few occasions when an interior designer is crucial for a smoother experience, when they can also help you save money, time, energy and a lot of stress.
You are time-poor
Many of us live crazy lives: our time is spent raising families, working one or two jobs, having a social life, spending quality time with loved ones, doing some good in our community, pursuing life goals – and sometimes we do all of that at the same time! What we’re often left with is little time to review plans, to think about the little details and to imagine how the new kitchen design you’re mulling over will impact your daily life. And that’s not even accounting for the time it takes to select the right finishes and colour palette, to source furniture and manage the entire project.Whether you need some guidance in making executive decisions or you want a more comprehensive service, interior designers can jump in at any moment of your project and save you a great deal of time, and as a result, considerable stress.
If you’re undergoing home renovations or an extensive building project, get an interior designer to work with you early on in the process. This will help you to go through all your ideas and plans together, to ensure the foundations of your design align well with what you want and who you are.
You lack design confidence
You love interesting, bold design and are constantly inspired by what you see around you, on Houzz or in everyday interiors you come across. But somehow, you just can’t seem to choose (and commit to) any colour scheme or new design piece. That’s when you need help.
You have too many ideas and feel overwhelmed
Instagram, Houzz, your local cafe, your morning walk, your office – interior design is everywhere! It can be a blessing, and it can be a curse because, while this stimulation can provide plentiful inspiration, it can also result in total design overload.
If your head is buzzing with hundreds of ideas and you find yourself constantly oscillating between a variety of styles, colours, materials, or even the general feel you’re aiming for, you might need some help.
It’s your forever home
You’re not building a house with the view to sell it at some point. You’re building a house just for you, where your family will grow, your unique needs and wants will be catered for, and your personal history will be made day after day. It’s not a house that’s meant to please the majority of people – it’s your very own indulgence.We’re so used to thinking in terms of resale value and marketability that it’s sometimes difficult to know what would really work for us.An interior designer will give you a unique perspective on you, your home and your lifestyle, as seen through their expert eyes. They will also make recommendations with the long term in mind, often steering you away from one-off trends and focusing instead on timeless design that reflects your personality and needs.
You and your partner just can’t agree
A renovation can be a big cause of stress between couples. The cause of tension is that the couple can’t agree on priorities, and their tastes are incompatible. These tensions can also slow down the renovation or building process, which causes even more tension.
A while ago, I was contacted by a lovely couple who needed help with their bedroom. They couldn’t agree on anything for the room and as a result had been living for years with a hand-me-down broken bed and a bare light bulb. They felt so paralysed by their clashing tastes that they couldn’t make any decisions, and stayed with their inappropriate furniture until I stepped in.