Interior designers are probably the most maligned of all design professionals. Many view interior designers as superfluous individuals that choose furniture and curtains for rich people with more money than taste.
This is quite simply unfair. Yes, interior designers will often choose curtains and furniture placement, but saying that this is what a designer does is like saying a carpenter “pounds nails”.
Interior designers are responsible for coordinating all aesthetic and functional aspects of an interior space. Unlike interior decorators, designers will work closely with architects and engineers to make decisions that optimize an interior living space.
Interior designers will still not fit into the budget for many homeowners, but there are several situations that will make the services of an interior designer beneficial even for those of us with more limited means.
Here is a list of reasons why the “average man” may want to hire an interior designer.
Exceptionally limited space: The function of every square foot of your home becomes more important as that space decreases. A talented designer can help limited wicked tickets dallas space meet all of your needs in as effective and comfortable a manner as possible. In fact, the services of a skilled designer will often pay for themselves by allowing you to get more function out of a less expensive space.
Decisions for space you won’t be using: While at first this sounds like a problem for the very rich, many working class families own rental properties or will need to care for a dependent parent. Interior designers can optimize the rental value of a property by making decisions such as how many bedrooms can a property be divided into before it becomes undesirable.
They can also help design the space for a dependent parent so that the health care needs of an elderly individual can be met in a manner that is convenient and comfortable for all involved. In both cases, your own personal tastes may actually detract from the effectiveness of your decisions without the services of a professional.
Opportunity costs: This is the cost of the time you spend designing a space that could have been spent in other ways. I once worked for a veterinarian that spent weeks designing his new surgical building before he realized he could have been making more money working as a vet than he was saving by trying to design the space himself.
Opportunity costs also apply to non-monetary expenses. A person who is already working long hours may want to spend his or her limited time with a new baby rather than making decisions about the new addition. It is simply a question of how valuable your time is.
Transitory employment: People whose jobs are frequently moving them from one region of the country to another will have to frequently sell their home. Since your own tastes may not necessarily be in keeping with the latest market trends, designing your own space can actually cost you money. If you know you will be selling your home in the next few years, and interior designer can help ensure a fast and profitable sale.
Like all other services, the value of an interior designer is dependent upon your needs and just how limited your budget is. It is important that all home owners appraise the value of their time and the importance of the function and feel of their space before making a decision about hiring a design professional. Interior designers are not for everybody, but they may be for you.