7 Reasons Why An Interior Designer Can Save You Money

A common misconception about hiring an interior designer is that it will be too expensive. The truth is that an interior designer can save you time, money and frustration choosing from the infinite possibilities. A beautiful home doesn’t just happen. It takes knowledge, preparation and planning.

Here are some points to consider:

1) Saving Time Equals Saving Money
Whether you are a busy professional or busy with family life, your time is extremely valuable. Many people do not have the ability to envision and pull all elements of design together to create a cohesive design, whether you are remodeling or looking to find the right furnishings for your space. It requires research, product/materials sourcing, ordering and project management. A designer will save you time you can spend with your family, or working on something more productive.

2) Avoid Costly Mistakes
A design professional will guide you through your design project by utilizing their knowledge and expertise to help you avoid costly mistakes and wrong choices. This applies to any project whether it’s a complete remodel, furniture selection or a simple color change. It’s expensive to fix a bad design, and items often cannot be returned for a full refund.

3) It’s Who You Know
A qualified design professional will have a list of quality workers and contractors that would be a good fit for your project and budget. By using a designer recommendations you have the reassurance that you will have the right people working on your project (painter, cabinet maker, electrician,..) to achieve the best result. If you are looking for furnishings, a designer has access to many furniture lines that are only available to the trade, at different price points to fit your design needs.

4) Sticking to a Budget
A designer’s access to a vast array of resources allows them to create a beautiful and functional design based on your budget. This applies to any materials or furnishing related to your project. One of the first questions a designer should ask is “What is your budget?” and they keep this in mind while designing your space.

5) Update or Replace
Many people would love to have the budget to redo all elements of a room. When that is not an option a designer has the ability to add or change key pieces to update existing decor. Sometimes small changes can have a big impact. A fabulous piece of artwork or a unique lighting and accessory can go a long way. New pillows on a sofa or a change of paint color will re-energize any space.

6) Increasing the Value of Your Property
If you are doing a remodel, a good designer will always raise the value of your home more than the amount of money you put into the redesign. This way if you sell sooner than you anticipated you will recoup your initial investment with extra dividends. If the redesign job is not done right, it will raise the value of your property less than the amount you put in, or could even reduce the list price if the potential buyer needs to redo it again.

7) Withstanding the Test of Time
Interior designers are experts at looking at the big pictures and planning a well thought out plan for the long term. They can advise a client on the latest and best products for their project that will stand the test of time and fit within their budget. It is much cheaper to have a design that is timeless and will stand up to the test of time. Don’t go with the latest design fad (unless of course you have the budget to keep up with the latest one!).

Because of all these reasons, hiring a design professional is a very smart choice. The end result should be a unified, functional and beautiful space that fits your lifestyle and budget. Feel free to contact us with any questions you might have.

Elements of Interior Design

Interior Design can be broken down into three elements: Vision, Technical, and Selection. Here we briefly explain the elements to give you a better understanding of what may be involved. The amount of time and money spent on each element depends on the scope of your project. Distinctive Design would be delighted to help you with one or all of these elements.

Vision
Design Vision

Vision is the element of the project requiring imagination and creativity. You may already have a general idea of what you want your space to look and feel like, or maybe not. Our job is to ask the right questions, provide an expert interpretation of your lifestyle or business, and work with you to design a space that has the right feel, colors, style, layout, and functionality. A great designer knows how to figure out exactly what you want, even if you don’t yet realize exactly what you want.

Here are some of the spaces in your home or business you may want help designing a vision for:

Residential Design:

  • Kitchen
  • Bathroom
  • Bedroom
  • Living Room
  • Family Room
  • Dining Room
  • Entry Way
  • Home Office
  • Staircases
  • Hallways
  • Ceilings and Walls
  • Fireplace
  • Patio
  • Outdoor Living Spaces

Commercial Design:

  • Lobby
  • Bathroom
  • Private Offices
  • Public Offices
  • Patient Rooms
  • Restaurants
  • Salons
  • Coffee Shops
  • Boutique Hotels

Technical
Technical Planning

The Technical element of interior design is what most clients don’t want to deal with – turning vision into numbers and making sure everything fits just right. This involves taking detailed measurements of the space, designing the optimal layout, determining the appropriate size of the furnishings and then delivering on the plan. Leave the hard work to Distinctive Design!

  • Space Planning
  • Dimension Analysis
  • Furniture Floor Plan
  • Measurement
  • Lighting/Electrical
  • Project Management for Remodels and New Construction
  • Collaborating and Coordinating with Architects, Contractors, Subcontractors, Artisans, and Vendors
  • Shopping, sourcing and purchasing from trade-only showrooms and
    manufacturers that sell exclusively to the interior design community
  • Tracking, Inspection and Delivery of all Furnishings

Selection
Interior Design Selection

The Selection element is where furnishings of appropriate style, size, color, and texture are chosen. After all the hard work spent in the Vision and Technical elements, it is critical to properly accessorize the space and add the finishing touches. This is where a skilled interior designer will figure out exactly what your style is and will build a space with the look and feel you want. From the hard-edge contemporary, to the classic antique, to Tuscan villa, clients find consultation on the selection element of the design process to be most enjoyable.

Here are some of the finishings the selection phase will require you to think about:

  • Window Treatments (Shades, Shutters, Custom Drapery & Valances)
  • Selection of Furniture, Antiques, Fabrics, Art & Accessories
  • Light Fixtures
  • Plumbing Fixtures
  • Floor and Wall Treatments
  • Area Rugs and Carpets
  • Millwork and Built-in Design Elements
  • Flooring
  • Cabinetry & Hardware
  • Trim & Moulding
  • Railing
  • Countertops
  • Paint – Hue, Sheen & Texture
  • Custom Furniture

We hope this helps you get an understanding for the process of interior design. Feel free to contact us with any questions.