You might have come across a time when you needed help re-designing or renovating your home but you weren’t sure if an interior designer would be the right person to call.
The following 5 myths will help you determine if an interior designer is the right professional for your project.
1. MYTH: Interior design is all about aesthetics; only dealing with colors, fabrics, finishes and furniture.
FACT: Beyond wall colors, window treatments and mixing and matching patterns, interior designer is a profession dealing with a variety of technical aspects. These pros go beyond aesthetics to ensure that a space functions well in addition to looking beautiful. When working on any project, interior designers must take into consideration and comply with local building codes. Those working in more heavily regulated spaces such as office, hospitality, health, education and retail must comply with building and energy codes, indoor air quality and the accessibility requirements, among other health and safety issues. (American Society of Interior Designers, asid.org)
2. MYTH: Interior designers and architects do the same work.
FACT: Interior designers are trained to work within the interior space of the built environment such as a home or building. Their role is to balance aesthetics with structural planning to suit the clients’ lifestyle and fit with the home’s architectural features, including considerations for electrical outlets and air vents. They have gained a significant amount of education, training and experience to become experts in their field. Unlike many architects, interior design students take courses in schematic interior design, furnishings and finishes, lighting and many others specific to their field of study.
3. MYTH: Interior Designers don’t pay attention to who uses the space; rather their focus is on what the space looks like.
FACT: A significant part of successful interior design is to provide a functional and comfortable space for the user. Interior designers balance aesthetic and structural aspects with the consideration of the client’s lifestyle and personal needs. Interior designers encourage that all household members participate in the design process, to voice out their opinions and avoid potential conflicts down the road. Interior designers work with artisans, vendors and others who execute the design based on detailed drawings and specifications that the designer provides.
4. MYTH: Either the interior designer’s way, or the highway.
FACT: Most TV shows portray interior designers to have a difficult and uptight attitude where everything has to go their way. In reality, interior designers are there to give the clients what THEY need and want for their space; they help clients make choices and provide them with knowledge concerning topics such as building code regulations or aesthetics when needed. Through creativity and a trained eye, interior designers are able develop solutions you may have never considered.
5. MYTH: Interior designers are just way too expensive!
FACT: Interior designers will work within your budget. If you need help re-designing one room or picking out a color for a particular wall, a designer will always be happy to share some of their tips and advice. Whether you need a little advice or a lot, interior designers are friendly people looking to help improve your living space through aesthetics and functionality. Don’t be afraid to consult one today and let them bring your home to life!
The professional interior designer will pay attention to the smallest details to transform your space into a beautiful haven that looks and works well.
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