This is a question we get a lot. Do you actually need to hire an interior designer? Well, of course not. In this day and age there are so many online resources you can find if you need help decorating your home. There are also so many ways to get ideas for your interior design, whether it’s looking at magazines, online websites, or going into the local Ikea and looking at the rooms they create filled with their own products.
Anyone can design their own space if they are willing to take the time, though we can’t make any guarantee regarding the results. How nicely your space comes out will be directly linked to the money and time invested, as well as how good your own eye is when it comes to design. Some people think they have great taste, but they really don’t have a great design sense, and while they may like the space they create, others won’t be impressed.
The safest bet if you’re looking to create a beautiful space is to hire an interior designer. The difference between you and a designer is that they do this for a living. They’ve taken courses, studied, and worked in the field for years.
If you are hiring an interior designer, you’ll have to pay them. While this can be difficult if you have a low budget for your project, it may be well worth it. Designers can often get a trade discount on items you would have to pay full price for. They’ll also likely have a good understanding of where it’s worth it to spend more on certain items, and where money can be saved. For instance, Ikea is great for some items, but others will degrade and fall apart and will need to be replaced within a few years.
An interior designer can also be a huge time saver. They know how to work with all the people that could be involved in your design project, from tradespeople to representatives at stores and delivery people. Trying to manage all this yourself can take up a lot of time, and can become stressful if you’re trying to organize deliveries at the same time and check up on the status of an item you ordered.
Another more cost effective option if you want to save money is to hire a virtual interior design service. These are online services where you will pay a lower rate to work with someone over the internet. You can provide them with pictures or video of your space, and they’ll come back with a cohesive design and lists of products to order. This has its upsides in that is fairly cheap and fast. The downside is that this is only useful for decorating your space, and as the interior designer won’t actually be entering your space, they won’t be able to be as thorough and the final design might not be as impressive as it otherwise could be.