What can an interior designer do for me?
A good interior designer will bring a huge amount to the table from; where you need to start. Colours that work and why, furniture suggestions, spatial planning, soft furnishings, window treatments and accessories to name but a few! Troublesome rooms, inspiration at a time you feel like throwing that interior magazine away that you thought would save the day! When you feel overwhelmed with what is available and don’t know where to start little own finish!
Listen to your designer!
A good designer will always listen to you and your thoughts about what you wish to achieve. At the same time it is really important that you listen to your designer when they explain why something will or won’t work!
I will always do my best to bring out of my client who says “I have no idea what I want but if you show me I will”.
Often most clients do have a good idea of what they like and dislike and by asking specific questions, I am able to get a clear idea from the client which way we need to proceed.
Sometimes a client will say “I know what I want but I can’t put it in to action” or sometimes my clients need confirmation that they are on the right path!
A good interior designer will show you how to put these ideas in to practice if you are looking for concept design only. Or if you’re looking for a designer to run a full project design. This is where your designer will get as much information from you as possible, measure all of the rooms that you wish to have designed. They look at spatial planning, what will work and fit the space. They will show you different finishes from flooring to paint and soft furnishings. They will come up with ideas for those tricky windows!
Interior designers are always trying to save their client’s time and money through not making costly mistakes. They will set a timetable of work and order so nobody who isn’t meant to be there is on site. They will make sure that the correct order of work is adhered to. Liase with all of the contractors and will always either have a great team of tradesman or subcontractors that they work with. They have a vast base of contacts that can make things happen where not thought possible!
Full Project Design
Your designer will work through all the stages of work with you. If you are making changes that need to be completed at the beginning, for example any structural work to be done, knocking down walls, making the floors level, chasing electrical wires, changing sockets, adding new ones, switches, plastering etc. Lighting is crucial to address at the beginning and should never be an after thought. The layout for the lighting should be completed at the beginning of the design. Then they will discuss the timeline with you for decorating, flooring, ordering goods, lighting, artwork & accessories.
All of the above take time and planning! TV shows that give the impression the above work can be being carried out in a few days or a week are not realistic and all of the above takes time and planning. Using a designer to keep track of all of the above is a huge weight off of my client’s minds. They are kept up to date without the stress of making sure which tradesman should be there and when. Items those are faulty and need to be returned and replaced. I always allow a contingency budget for any project. Unforeseen problems are dealt with quickly and this leads to the client enjoying the design process and their experience.
Once all of the above is implemented then the furniture items can be put in place, lighting and accessories to finish off the scheme. This is when the whole process comes together and you will see the scheme that you have dreamed of! Sit back and enjoy your beautiful home! This is what makes designers happy! The tangible feeling that their client loves their new scheme/home.
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