By Megha Krishnan
1. It saves money and time.
Although it is strange, hiring an interior designer would actually save you money. It saves you from doing costly design mistakes.
Budgeting and Planning: A designer does the budgeting and saves your effort and time for the same. Be crystal clear in your budgeting and trust the designer to make the most of your budget. The designer will save you from paying too much for something which you would have got at half of the price you paid.
Increased Sale or Resale value: Hiring a designer helps you to increase the sale or resale value of your house.
Save time: Even if you think that you can decorate your home yourself, remember that you need to pull this off with the limited spare time that you have. Everything will be done faster and you'll have less head-ache if you hire a professional.
2. Professional Assessment is better.
It is said that, "Incredible designing doesn't happen by chance." You need a professional if you want quality work.
Professional designer would have a solid action plan which would help you to spend efficiently too. Trained eyes can help you avoid some common mistakes and they can notice certain details which were overlooked by you. There are certain details to be verified by an expert. For instance, the living room furniture must be symmetrical, the coffee table must be of the right dimension, the carpet flooring must be suitable, art on the left must fit in with the doors on the right. "Harmony is beauty", when it comes to interiors and designers know how to make things aesthetically appealing.
Hiring a professional would not only ensure that your home decor doesn't have mismatching vibes but it would also make sure that your home is 'vaastu' complaint too. If you are a believer this would matter and it helps in adding resale also. Ordering incorrect size, hiring random electricians who are unaware of the present trends, choosing indifferent wall colors, buying ill-fitting furniture are some of the common costly errors that can be avoided by seeking professional help.
DIY or 'Do It Yourself', is a western trend. But when it comes to remodeling your house or so, it is always better to seek professional help as you may end up paying more for fixing things that you wrongly broke. This is especially true if you are planning to move walls.
3. Get Liaison.
A designer is the bridge between you and your architect or construction contractor. It's so important that the lighting and furnishing needs are addressed before construction. For example, your living room sofa must have proper lighting and matching floor tiles. The designer can co-ordinate better with sub-departments of the construction team.
When you are renovating for the first time, you want someone to fight on your behalf. Dealing with contractors and their team can be pretty taxing. It's really good to have a middle man. Clients are usually overtly nice and they hesitate to demand more than what they are provided. Designers can bridge this gap.
4. Better Contacts.
Connections are something that one develops over time. It can't be brought. Hiring an interior designer will indirectly link your project with all his professional contacts and this will bring a lot of skilled persons to your project.
A designer knows exactly where to go for resources. If he doesn't, he will do the research for you. It is best to delegate.
5. The third umpire.
Let's admit it! You, your spouse and the rest of the family members will have different opinions on home interiors. In order to make important decisions, it's best to hire a third party who is a professional in this domain.
6. Amazing finish and artistic look.
Hiring a designer will bring the "wow" factor to your project. They usually think out of the box, spatially and keep the big picture in the mind, always. They are expected to artistically enhance the space and the quality of your life in that space. Good designers usually don't disappoint you. They convert your house into a home!
Creativity: Most challenging thing to do while decorating a space is to fit all things together. If you have age old home interior items that you don't want to let go, then fitting it in a newly designed space might be an issue. An interior designer has lots of tricks up his sleeve and he is your best bet to solve these challenges.
7. The personal touch.
You want a designer who understands your personality. The golden rule is not to just hire any designer! You need to meet him for lunch or so and see how you get along. They need to design the space to match your personality. When deciding on a design, please share as much information as possible so that the designer gets your perspective.