“I know what I like, but I never quite get there”
Depending on the size of your project, you may know what you want but find that achieving it is another matter. Without professional help, it is easy for a scheme to go over budget or to fall short of expectations. An interior designer will work within an agreed cost structure and manage the budget for you to completion. Planning an interior can be a confusing process but an interior designer offers guidance, inspiration and reassurance; expanding your horizons and ensuring that your project will be a success.
In the long run, this can save you money.
Most designers create a detailed brief and provide a visual mood board to establish and agree on the look. They will introduce new ideas, apply their intellectual rigour and understand how things work together, curating your ideas into an overall scheme before working up detailed designs to reflect this. Through this process, you should feel that you can trust one another enough and feel creatively inspired.
One Size Does Not Fit All.
An Interior Designer will also know when to suggest a bespoke solution to overcome design issues, making your home feel more spacious, more functional and therefore more enjoyable. Bespoke solutions can overcome awkward proportions, create multi-functional spaces, maximise unused areas and provide storage so that everything has a place. As well as truly personalising your home, a custom piece can prove to be a better solution than something readymade. In very large rooms a headboard or bookcase in the right place or an extra-long or deep sofa can help correct proportions and create intimacy.
John Sankey are BIID Industry Partners. The BIID is the leading authority on Interior Design in the UK. It offers professional membership for qualified Interior Designers and regulates and upholds a professional standard of service, as well as providing training via a Professional Pathway scheme.
If you have a project and are considering working with an interior designer, BIID have a member listing on their website www.biid.org.uk.