You guys! I was cracking up when I was reading this list that Capella Kincheloe wrote on her website. So often people do question what exactly an interior designer does and let me tell you this nails it on the head! This is the down to earth version of explaining the job of what we do and why we love it so much!! Hope you enjoy!!
You can get therapy and design for one price. Just kidding, most designers aren't licensed therapists, but sometimes get treated as such.
It’s almost impossible to have perspective on your home (too close to the trees to see the forest!!).
You don’t want your neighbors copying you.
You want your neighbors to copy you.
You don't want to copy your neighbors.
So you don’t have to live with 20+ paint swatches all over the room.
To not waste money resolving bad design decisions.
If you're spending money on the reno, spend the money to do it right the first time.
To keep track of all the orders.
Professional plan of action.
Trained eyes will see things you're going to miss.
Better resources and relationships.
Designers think ahead, they know what is coming on the horizon and can prepare for it.
They'll know if the coffee table is the right height and size in relation to the room and the rest of the furniture.
Designers are skilled in the "mix": high/low, time periods, styles to keep your space interesting and cohesive.
You'll have somebody on your team.
Increase the value of your home.
Designers want to delight and dazzle you.
They can push your boundaries (in a good way!) and help you think out of the box.
They can help incorporate historic details when appropriate.
Designers can help you and your partner agree on a design style by being a neutral third party.
A designer can maximize your space.
So you'll have a home you love to be in and show off to friends.
To maximize quality for your money.
They'll know how to set the priorities for the project.
Designers know what needs to get done first, second, and what can wait.
They know where to find faux plants that don't look fake.
Designers go beyond what is trendy and give good design.
They can figure out where the light switches should go based on your preferences, not the builder's.
White-glove installation - they can install a house from empty to lit candles & a set table.
They know what materials are good for houses with kids & dogs.
Designers can help you find a place for everything and make it easy to keep it in place.
To spend more time enjoying your home with your family.
Somebody needs to decide on the grout type, color, and width.
Designers are problem solvers.
Designers are project managers.
Designers are creative.
Designers are innovative.
Designers are diplomats.
They'll know how to keep all finishes the same or appropriately mix them.
Do you know the standard measurement for lights above a dining table?
You can avoid having your house featured on McMansion Hell.
Designers can turn unused space into your favorite spot in the house.
Fluffing pillows so they look natural, but still orderly is harder than you think.
You can have function AND form.
The devil is in the details.
The details are not the details. They make the design. (Thanks Charles Eames)
Designers know how light, direction, and other colors affect paint and can account for that.
Spend money - wisely.
the WOW Factor
So you don't have to do it yourself.
Designers are not emotionally connected to your home to make the changes needed (like a doctor diagnosing and treating herself!)
To style your bookshelves
Do you know what a rectified edge is? A designer does.
They know how high/low to hang sconces.
Designers come up with things you wouldn't have thought of.
They know a shower head can be too high or too low.
They know that sofa arm height is important to how you use your sofa
For solutions you haven't considered.
Designers speak the language of contractors, architects, and builders.
Confirmation you're headed in the right direction.
Designers care about the end result as much, or sometimes even more than you do.
To be the bad cop with contractors and vendors so you don't have to
They worry about your project in the middle of the night so you don't have to.
Your project will get done and not let it languish.
No more piece by piece.
Designers deliver a full room or house complete with accessories so you can sit back and enjoy.
Designers wrangle contractors and vendors while you can focus on the rest of your life.
To help manage and control your budget
Designers can set realistic expectations of what is possible.
Network and industry connections only available to the trade
They have learned from past mistakes and can help avoid future ones.
They provide a guiding vision throughout the process
Share creative solutions
Access to customization
Working with a designer provides added protection and project insurance.
They can make a perfect bed and know what makes a bed perfect.
They can discuss the virtues wood, hand-tied construction, and sofa fillings.
Do you know that composite "leather" is not really leather? Designers do.
ADA Standards for Accessible Design
Designers know how to utilize negative space.
They can add color to your home without it taking over or being too colorful.
Designers know the right scale and when and how much they can push scale up or down.
Because they're awesome.