With all the time I’ve spent working on projects with a number of designers, here are some of the reasons I have figured out which make it extremely important for you to hire an interior design consultant for that dream space you have in your mind:
- PROFESSIONAL APPROACH
But it is one thing seeing a design and a completely different task implementing it successfully. In fact, most designers appreciate inputs from their clients when it comes to the designing the elements of the place. An experienced designer will not only point out the feasibility and practicality of incorporating concepts you’ve seen online, but will also help you find the right materials for those locally. This becomes extremely important because you may like a certain type of sofa but a good interior decorator will point out the utility in terms of the seating capacity, fabric and a load of other things.
You can always tell a home was planned out by a professional because of the spacing and layout. Various elements will be in harmony with each other and you will notice a lot more symmetry in a professionally designed space.
- THEY WILL SAVE YOU MONEY (A LOT OF IT!)
Your interior designer will balance out a lot things to help you create the best interiors in your budget and the space restrictions. What should be sacrificed and where should you compromise is an art, mastered by these experts.
Even with the contractors hired to build your space, architects and decorators make sure that the wastage of materials procured is minimal, saving you a good 10-15% which would be wasted otherwise.
- MATERIAL RECOMMENDATION (TRUST ME, YOU’LL NEED THIS)
There are tens and hundreds of brands for each one of them. Each one of them will be priced differently. Your interior designer can recommend the best bet for each requirement keeping in mind the price, quality, the design language of your space, durability and feedback from previous clients.
They will also know the right places to visit to select the items and the right time to place the order. This may seem a small task initially but as your project moves on, spending time and effort on each of the materials becomes an extremely tedious task best left to the expert.
- SAVES YOU A LOT OF TIME AND EFFORT
When it comes to residential projects, I have found home owners to be a lot more passionate about the interiors. For a homeowner, it will always be about getting it right rather than getting it done in a strict timeline. However, most home interiors take anywhere between 4-12 months depending on the scope of work. The entire process requires a lot effort and time commitment. Your work gets hampered and each passing day comes in with a lot new set of challenges (be it with the labourers, materials or just the basic coordination).
Hiring a designer relieves you of a lot of pressure and effort. They supervise work of the labour, recommend the right materials and the right place to purchase them, coordinate with the labour contractors, handle on-site issues and a lot more. This saves you a lot many hours than you can probably imagine. It not just makes sure that your site gets completed on time, but also that the journey is pleasant for you.
- ACCESS TO THE BEST LABOUR AVAILABLE
A good interior designer in Kolkata always has a fixed team of contractors who they’ve worked with before. It is important that your wavelength matches with that of the designer and subsequently their contractor team.
- KNOWLEDGE OF TECHNICALITIES
How many LED lights you need in your room?
What should be the distance between my television screen and my bed?
- ACCESS TO THE LATEST DESIGN TRENDS AND PRODUCTS
Even when it comes to products, most of the brands and manufacturers inform interior designers about new launches before they reach the market.
- VISUALISE YOUR INTERIORS
Most designers have a team of 3D visualisers and artists. A 3D design is made using a software called 3D Max. It gives you a 3 dimensional view of your interiors. At this stage you can get anything altered or added. Hiring an interior decorator becomes a lot more important because of this service.
Here’s an example of a high resolution 3D design:
- BEST UTILISATION OF SPACE
When you have relatively small space, an intelligent design can solve a lot of your issues. There has been a humongous amount of research globally into creating utilities for smaller spaces with property prices skyrocketing in most metropolitan cities across the world. Your expert will know a lot of them and incorporate them into your floor-plan.
- VISUAL PRESENCE
Intelligent Retail interiors that you witness in the best stores across your city do not happen by chance. They are carefully planned and coordinated keeping in mind the clientele and the product range.
Internationally, people have written about how it is important for you to hire an interior designer. It does provide a broader perspective into the topic, however, my intention was to tailor make the answer for the Indian markets. Here are some of the articles that compliment some of the things I’ve mentioned:
- Houzz (Discussion)
- New York – CBS Local
- Quora (Discussion)