Hiring an interior designer
Interior designers can help you turn your house into a home – they’ll be able to physically achieve the vision of the style you want, or they can help you establish a vision (and implement it) if you don’t even know where to begin.
Why should I hire an interior designer?
An interior designer will bring your vision to life: whether it’s a dream kitchen you’ve seen on Instagram or a bathroom remodel that you’ve seen on Houzz, an interior designer will be able to make your vision come alive, in the space that you have. It’s one thing to look at a design and think “I want that!” but it’s another story entirely to make it happen in the specific dimensions that your home affords.
Don’t have a vision? That’s fine too – an interior designer is experienced in countless styles, and will be able to help you curate one of your own.
An interior designer will make sure all details are taken care of – ones that you probably didn’t even think of: flooring style, grout color and sealant (is it a heavy-use area, or a humid area?); cabinetry style (does it need replacement or just re-facing?), hardware on cabinetry (who knew that handles could make such a difference?!), textile colors, textures, and patterns; gloss versus non-gloss for paint and surfacing, countertop styles, what fixtures are most kid- and pet-friendly; backsplashes, wallpaper, accents… this list goes on – it really is enough to make your head spin; an interior designer will help you keep it on straight!
An interior designer will likely save you more money than he/she costs:
Coding & safety issues: if you don’t have a general contractor handling a rebuild and remodel but are redesigning your home, it’s imperative to have someone with the knowledge of code requirements. You may be surprised at seemingly “small” things requiring permits – sometimes even simple rewiring to change a light fixture!
Aside from being legally within code, this also ensures that all improvements are safe for you home – imagine a bad wire job causing a fire within the walls, or a bad sink remodel causing a flood – that’s way more expensive than doing it right the first time!
Partnerships with vendors: interior designers establish partnerships with vendors and tradesmen in the industry that are not only trusted (they have to provide quality work, or the designer will not recommend them!), but also more direct than retail – so you are likely to acquire the things you see in stores for significantly less, even at higher quality.
Second set of eyes: do you remember writing essays in school, going over it nearly 100 times before turning it in, and yet you would get it back with tons of corrections? You get used to seeing things one way – it helps when someone steps in and shows you the other option available. They are especially great at finding places to hiding storage!
How much does hiring an interior designer cost?
This is not a one-size-fits-all question; the cost will depend entirely on what your project entails. Additionally, there is no true, set standard for charging methods in the interior design industry: there are hourly rates, flat fees, and cost-plus, while certain designers will charge for things that others don’t (for example – some designers will charge for initial consultation, while another won’t).
If you’re seeking a simple consultation for coloring and layout suggestions, you’re looking in the low to mid hundreds.
If you’re looking more for a full-scope project, including establishment of design, acquisition of necessary materials, and continual monitoring of budget, 15-25% of the full project cost is the general rule of thumb for what the interior designer’s services will cost. Again, this is a very general rule of the thumb, as it will depend on the scale of the project and the amount of your involvement in the project.
Keep in mind, renovation and demo will usually cost twice as much as a simple redesign.
Is an interior designer worth the cost?
Absolutely. In fact, more often than not, an interior designer will save you money in both the short run and the long run, which completely negates the cost of their services. It will also save you the headache of coordinating the project and the frustration when things don’t turn out correctly – your interior designer will take care of that!
How do you hire an interior designer?
Trust and communication are key – just like any relationship. Your designer must hear and understand you in order to create a home that you will love! Just because you love the designer’s work, or the designer came as a recommendation, doesn’t mean that the designer will work for you! Always request to see a portfolio of the designer you’ll potentially be working with to get an idea of their span of work.
If you’re in the New Jersey give us a call and we’ll show you how we can turn your house into a home with our design services.