I think the question that you should be asking yourself is - can I afford to NOT hire an interior designer?
Of course I am going to have a slight bias when it comes to this topic, but it's because I am so passionate about being an interior designer (and let's be real, it's also how I pay the bills!), but I do truely believe that there is so much value and benefit to hiring professionals when it comes to designing your home or business interiors.
The problem I have come across in most cases is that a lot of people are under the impression that it is really expensive to hire an interior designer, and it's challenging to help people change that mindset and see the value of a designer without them going through the experience of using one first hand. I mean don't get me wrong, hiring an interior designer or architect can get expensive, so in some cases it is genuinely not financially feasible to hire professional designers at all. It all comes down to being realistic about the budget that you have to spend on your project, and weighing up the advantages of hiring an interior designer (and most likely achieving a better final outcome) against the budget that you have available.
Hiring a designer can actually save you money .... and time .... and your sanity!
Mistakes can be costly.
When undertaking a building project (renovation or new build) the stakes can be high. There are a million little (and not so little) things that can go wrong, and trust me when I say that something will always go wrong. Having a designer on board to help properly plan a project before it starts, and to work with a builder during the implementation of your project, will help with identifying potential problems before they happen, and then quickly come up with a solution when something does go wrong.
A designer takes a considerable amount of risk (and stress) out of deciding the best layout for your home, choosing the correct paint colour, or ordering a sofa that fits perfectly in your lounge room. When making the right choices for you, a designer will consider all factors including the qualities of your built space, your aesthetic preference, lifestyle and budget, as well as how it fits in with the overall scheme of your project. If you have hired the right interior designer, you should be able to trust them 100% to make the right decision for you, and chances of you having to live with a kitchen that isn't overly functional, or return a sofa that isn't quite right is much less likely.
Your time is valuable.
Time is one of the most valuable resources we own, there never seems to be enough of it! So before you embark on a project, really think about the time investment you are willing to make. A substantial renovation or new build (if you are managing yourself) can be a full time commitment (anywhere from 9 months to 2 years!) and requires a lot of attention - and let's be honest, if it didn't require so much time, it would not be a professional career option!
If you are the type of person that absolutely wants to spend every lunch break, evening and weekend searching for the perfect tile or shopping for rugs, then by all means go for it! But a designer will already come equiped with a head full of prior knowledge, experience and countless hours of research under their belt, as well as the resources already on hand to be able to find the perfect finish or piece of furniture much quicker than you might be able to. And if the perfect item doesn't exist, a designer can create and procure it for you!
Designers can get access to trade only discounts and resources.
Designers can get access to trade only discounts with select retailers, and are able to purchase from trade only suppliers. Most interior designers (although not all) will pass on at least a portion of this discount to their client, and although some discounts may be minimal, if you are furnishing a whole house it does add up! As a side note though, potential to get access to discounts should not be the driving factor when choosing to use an interior designer - I know that personally, I will always choose furniture and furnishings based on their quality and suitability for the project, rather than the size of the discount.
>> It is worth noting that there are always going to be exceptions to the points raised above, because unfortunately there is such thing as a bad designer! In every case doing your research up front and hiring the right designer for you is going to result in the best outcome. Over on my FAQ's page I share some tips on how to select a designer that is going to be the best for you and your project - and if you think LO Design Studio could be the right designer for you get in touch, I would love to hear from you.