Following up on last week’s post discussing the differences between interior architects, interior designers and interior decorators and everything in between; we have compiled a few questions to ask yourself about your project to help figure out which professional is right for you.
Keep in mind as every project is different, so is every designer and there is no one size fits all approach.
If you are a homeowner some of the questions you can ask yourself to decide which is best for you include:
What am I looking for from a professional?
If you answered - a spruce up of what it is already in place then you could be looking for a interior decorator.
If you answered- I want a new kitchen or to change the use of a space then an interior designer or interior architect might be best.
If you are planning a new build or feel like your current space is not working for you but don’t know why, then an interior architect could be right for you.
If you want to get your house ready to sell, an interior decorator, stager or stylist could be for you.
If you have no idea what you want or need than an interior designer or interior architect can help steer you in the right direction.
What stage is my home at and what stage do I want a professional to come in at?
Most often interior designers are not brought in until after plans have been approved by planning or the house has been built, this is common but not ideal. The most ideal time to bring in your interior designer is similar to when you bring in your architect - at the beginning - or perhaps after you’ve decided on the primary goals and objectives for your home. But the best way to get the most from your home is to have an interior architect and an architect work together from the start, which is why we founded Beo Glas. It is rare to find the two professions housed in the same building, working cohesively together to create the best design possible.
I already have my plans approved but am now unsure of the layout - bring in an interior designer or interior architect now, before you start construction, before you lay a brick, this is the most cost effective way to get the home you want. It is much more difficult and expensive to bring someone in halfway through or at the end of the build. It can be done, of course, but it is not ideal. This is a job for an interior architect or interior designer with a solid building knowledge.
The house is nearly done or recently finished but I need help choosing paint colours, furniture and accessories. This is a job for an interior decorator and can be brought in towards the end of your build or after it is complete.
With whatever stage you are at or whatever your need is, do keep in mind design of any kind is a process and can take many months to not only get right, but also to get started. If you have doubts or questions on whether you need an interior designer, get in touch for a consultant earlier rather than later. It is much easier and cheaper to change a wall or window on paper then when the blocks have already been laid.
What does this mean for you as a client?
How many times have you been in a public bathroom and turned around to find there were no hooks and you were forced to put your coat and purse on the floor of a public bathroom?
Or the faucet that doesn’t reach quite into the sink, so water goes everywhere and you’re bumping your hands against the bowl to wash them?
Or you are in a massive building and can’t find the bathroom or the exit because there is no way-finding or intuitive nature to the space?
I could nearly guarantee you an interior designer was not consulted on that project, perhaps they assisted with the aesthetics of the spaces, but the technical details were overlooked.
That’s the difference between an interior decorator, interior designer and interior architect, it’s in the details. The details that you don’t notice when they are done right, but you do when they are done wrong. A well designed space is seamless and intuitive.