If you’re weighing up whether to enlist the services of an interior designer or not, you’ll need to first understand exactly what they do and don’t offer.
The role of an interior designer is often misunderstood, with the most predominant misconception being that they more or less put the “finishing touches” on a room or interior space.
In reality, an interior designer is directly involved in spatial planning, circulation and joinery design (cabinetry and shelving), and the selection of finishes, fixtures and fittings. Following on from this, an interior designer usually proceeds with a decorating focused role that involves selecting furniture, accessories, and artwork.
Most interior designers structure their work in several key phases in order to bring a project or renovation to life – pre-design (briefing), concept design, design development, construction documentation, tender, construction/design management, and of course, styling.
They need to work alongside an architect, builder or draftsperson in order to ‘sign off’ on documentation relating to building permits or permit applications. Alternatively, an interior designer can also become a registered building practitioner with their relevant state regulator. While not currently a requirement, Australian based interior designers commonly hold a bachelor’s degree, associate degree or advanced diploma in interior design, so be sure to ask if your potential match holds any of these qualifications before you enlist them.
Five Reasons To Work With An Interior Designer
Whether you need the services of an interior designer depends on both your intentions and overall vision for your home or property. You might be in the process of moving into your dream space, or perhaps trying to present your property that makes it appealing to potential buyers in the near or distant future.
Many homeowners view the services of an interior designer as a luxury, but the list of ongoing benefits that stem from partnering with one might just surprise you.
Objectively Beautiful – Working with an interior designer doesn’t mean abandoning items that are precious or sentimental to you. Instead, the designer will be able to incorporate them into a space that is professionally styled, but is still fundamentally “you”.
VIP Access Pass – Many interior designers have access to wholesale or products not released to the public, so by working with one, you also have access to a broader range of resources and contacts. This is particularly noteworthy if you like a certain “uniqueness” to your home.
Form And Function – Have you ever come unstuck trying to juggle the storage and functional requirements of your home, while still keeping it visually appealing? Fear not, as an interior designer is a seasoned professional in this realm, and can do just that.
Get Your Time Back – Remodelling or redesigning the average three bedroom property is a lot of work, and is a mammoth task that you may not have the time or energy to see all the way. Interior designers are veterans, and know how to work much more efficiently than you ever will.
Value For Money – Can you really put a price on your time? What about stress levels? Working with an interior designer is ultimately an investment, and if you get it right with your selection, will pay for itself for years to come.
In order to achieve the best possible outcomes, seek out the services of an interior designer early in your project. Don’t forget that their role also makes them experts at collaborating with other professionals involved in revamping your space, such as architects, builders, contractors and landscape designers. After all, creating your dream home to love and enjoy is quite literally what they do best
Sourcing The Right Materials For Your New Project
While your options for flooring materials are almost limitless, selecting the right type of product for your home certainly isn’t an easy feat. With each space, comes a different preference or priority: are you chasing style, functionality, or simply want to stay within the budget?
In operation for over 24 years, at Tile Wizards we pride ourselves on getting you more – for less. We pioneered the warehouse format, and our stores are purposefully designed to make your selection easier, and ultimately offer our customers quality, price and the right advice.
Even if you are just after some honest and friendly advice – please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at Tile Wizards today for a free quote. We’re able to work with you in order to bring your dream flooring solution to life.