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  • Writer's pictureEmily Renze

When Should You Hire an Interior Designer?

Working with an interior designer

Remodeling a house or building a custom home is a significant undertaking - not only as a substantial financial investment, but also in realizing your dream living space. In the midst of this exciting journey, a common question often comes up: at what point should you bring an interior designer into the mix? You might even wonder if you need a designer at all when you are already working with an architect. As an experienced interior designer, I'm here to help you understand when is the best time to enlist support from a design professional.


The Foundation: Starting Early for Success

The process of an interior designer

A successful partnership between a homeowner and interior designer should be laid early on in the project. It is typically best to hire an interior designer during the initial planning stages of your building or remodeling venture. At this point, you're exploring concepts, setting goals, and discussing how you live. For example, do you cook a majority of the time? Do you have kids? Do you like to host parties? Bringing in a designer at the beginning of your project ensures that your home will work and flow according to your specific needs. An interior designer influences key decisions that shape the entire process.


Integrating Design with Architectural Plans

Working with an interior designer

Collaborating with an interior designer early on also allows for seamless integration of design elements with architectural plans. Architects and interior designers can work hand-in-hand to create spaces that not only meet structural requirements, but also reflect your aesthetic preferences and lifestyle needs. Designers consider details, such as furniture layout, lighting placement, and organization and function, (especially in kitchen and bath areas), whereas architects focus on exterior elevations, permitting, and structural integrity. This integrated approach ensures that the interior of your home is not an afterthought - and that the furniture you want to purchase will indeed fit in your space!


Budgeting with Precision

An interior designer can help with precise budgeting

When you involve an interior designer in the early stages of your project, they can contribute to realistic budgeting as well. Budget is one of the biggest considerations and concerns for clients. There have been many times where a client has come to us with plans already completed by an architect. However, after taking a closer look at the plans, we come to realize that what the architect has proposed does not align with their actual budget. This is usually because the cost of materials, fixtures, and finishes are underestimated in the original budget. Designers can provide valuable insights into the costs associated with different design elements, materials, and finishes, such as flooring, stone, cabinetry, plumbing fixtures, and more. This proactive budgeting approach will allow you to make informed decisions, avoiding unexpected financial surprises as the project progresses.


Avoiding Costly Mistakes

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Imagine reaching the final stages of your project, only to realize that a piece of furniture doesn't quite fit, or that a chosen material clashes with the overall aesthetic. Perhaps you forgot to check the scale of a light fixture and you realize it’s way too big, or the paint color you chose for the walls clashes with the color you have selected for the cabinetry. By working with an interior designer from the start, you benefit from their expertise in selecting colors, materials, and finishes that will achieve your vision for your home. This insight will help you avoid costly mistakes and ensure that every design choice contributes to a cohesive and attractive aesthetic in your space.


Optimizing Space and Functionality

Because interior designers are trained to optimize space and functionality, they can also provide guidance for layout options, furniture placement, and circulation patterns that enhance the functionality of your home. Elements such as window and door placement, room size, and room function can all affect furniture placement and create unique challenges for designing a functional home. Relying on a designer's expertise to determine furniture layouts can significantly impact your daily living experience, making your space both beautiful and practical. 

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Creating a Unified Design Narrative

Building or remodeling a house involves numerous decisions, from wall colors to light fixtures to baseboard style. There are a lot of moving parts and pieces that need to be considered together to create a cohesive concept. A designer collects samples of all finishes and creates presentations with fixture and furniture specifications, so that they can make sure all of the design elements are cohesive before purchasing them. By involving a designer from the beginning of the process, you will ensure that every design decision aligns with your overall vision, resulting in a harmonious and well-planned home.

Residential interior design

As you can see, the answer to the question of when to hire an interior designer is clear: the earlier, the better. You can think of an interior designer as your partner in transforming your house into a personalized and aesthetically pleasing home. They can help with conceptualization, furniture and accessory coordination, drafting, and purchasing, all the way through to completion. By involving a designer at the start of your project, you set the stage for a seamless, well-coordinated, and stunning result.

If you're seeking a collaborative and creative design partner for your home project, feel free to reach out to us. We're here to make your design dreams a reality, ensuring that your home is a true reflection of your individual personality and style.

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