Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Why Hire an Interior Designer?
Photos of interior design by Kimberlee Jaynes
Why would you consider hiring a Designer for your next project? What kind of questions will you ask?
Provide solutions: Each project, small or large presents challenges. Whether it is lack of storage, poor traffic flow, color scheme, unusual windows or maximizing light and space. An interior designer has been through the process many times and can give you solutions you may not have thought of.
Prevent costly mistakes: So many choices, too many options, and this product over that product. There are so many decisions to make, unless you have encountered those decisions dozens of times before it can be hard to know what to do. Often times you cannot take furniture back, using a knowledgeable designer is an insurance policy for the money you do spend.
Resources: There’s a world of furnishings, fabrics, case goods and accessories that are “to the trade only”. Designers have access to local and national manufacturers and products that would otherwise be unavailable to most consumers. The showrooms in Portland and Seattle have interesting and varied goods that you will not find locally.
Well connected: Any design is only as good as its execution. Designers work with the best workrooms, carpenters, and painters and have the clout to make sure the price matches the quality. My tradespeople are top notch!
Guidance: A designer knows sources well enough to edit the options and offer seasoned advice to guide clients through the myriad of design choices. I do not get overwhelmed with the possibilities, I can zero in on the furnishings easily and bring you choices you like the first time.
Convenience: Designers save you shopping time and work on-site. We bring the “store” to you. Lives are so busy, I can save you time and money.
Set priorties: A Designer will help allocate your “design dollars” and how best to spend your money now and plan for future phases of your design project. Unless you have been through the process of designing a home many times before, you may not know how to set priorities in the proper order.
Liaison/advocate: Designers work with trades-people and manufacturers regularly and have more leverage to get things repaired or replaced when necessary.
Working through opposing taste: Designers can be the third party to join taste and style between husband and wife or significant other.
Get the job done: Designers see to it that everything is completed. Often when a project drags on for months, clients might be inclined to leave those few details undone if they are doing it themselves. It’s the designer's job to see to it that every aspect is completed to your satisfaction.