Is a designer a luxury or a necessity?
Is it worth hiring an interior designer? There is no sense in abstractly answering this question, you need to figure out if you really need a designer.
Quite often you can hear the phrase “Why do I need a designer? I myself can do that.” If you think that it will be more comfortable for you to do everything yourself, do not give in to the entreaties to hire a designer. As a rule, such cooperation does not last long and the result is minimal. There is nothing terrifying to think about the design yourself. If you like to pick up options for arranging furniture, look at all the beauty in stores and choose your own from this – creative successes and the Internet to help you!
If you are hesitant in your decision to attract a designer, then this article will clarify the situation a bit and perhaps help you make the final decision.
Let’s get to the bottom, who is such an interior designer?
A designer is a professional, specialist with work experience. Therefore, first of all, attracting a designer is a matter of delegation. But if, for example, when repairing a car, everything is clear enough – you give it to the service, because it is technically difficult and not always possible to repair it yourself, then the design is not so obvious.
After all, we all have our own taste and brain, the foreman will help you with the technical part, and indeed people have been doing repairs on their own for many years. But learning from your mistakes is expensive and nervous, and the designer has such a job. He already has that valuable experience gained on various projects, thanks to which you do not have to “reinvent the wheel”.
And the designer is your assistant, since labor costs are an equally important aspect of repair. Designers are mere mortals for whom what is additional complexity for you is work. You spend a couple of hours thinking about a repair after work, while your brain vehemently resists: “Why do we need all this? And so good, I want to relax! ” And for the designer this is the very main job, so he is not too lazy to spend a day, or even not one, to find the very perfect sofa. Ideal is a fabric, and color, and the size, and model, and the price. And yes, it doesn’t always turn out quickly.
So, what can a designer give you?
A designer is indispensable if you are not confident in your taste and sense of beauty. You can spend a lot of time and money trying to pick up all the elements of the interior, and as a result get something awkward. The designer will first analyze everything on collages, coordinate with you, and then, armed with samples of laminate, paint and a piece of carpet, he will go shopping to pick up furniture, arranging all the samples around it, evaluating how well all the elements will look together.
The designer will help make the final decision. For peace of mind, it is very important to understand that there is no single ideal design option. Most likely, in the end you will have a couple of options, between which you will rush to the victorious. Moreover, each of them will be good in its own way.
In such a situation, it is easier for the designer to make a decision simply because he does not have a strong emotional component. If you are working with a designer whose projects you like, then trusting the decision of a professional will be as simple as a mountain off your shoulders.
No, everything will not happen without your participation, and you still have to devote time to this issue. Compare: you can spend an hour on the worked-out options of the designer and choose what you like best, or spend 8 or even more hours that to compose and think about your own options. What do you choose?
The designer will think through everything to the smallest detail. Almost all. It’s almost impossible to think over everything, but it is possible to competently solve issues as they become available. You go into the apartment: put the keys on the chest of drawers, the bag on the bench, hang the jacket on the hanger, sit on the pouffe to take off your shoes, put it in a specially designated place.
Next, you go to the bathroom, where the sink is located at a convenient height, where you do not bang your head on the cabinet because it is of the correct depth and hangs at the correct height. In the kitchen, you quickly cook yourself a bite to eat, because you do not have to wind up kilometers to the refrigerator in the corridor, and the kitchen after cooking remains as clean as possible, and you do not need to spend too much time cleaning it.
You go into the room and sit in the chair with the book, turn on the floor lamp, which is prudently planned here, and moreover, a socket is designed next to it and the wires do not stretch to the floor lamp across the room.
All this sequence of actions will be convenient if the initial arrangement of furniture was based on such considerations.
The designer will save your nerves even more if you order designer supervision from him. He will take over the communication and resolving issues with a team of workers and suppliers of furniture and finishing materials. Architectural supervision, as a rule, does not apply to the development of a design project, but is provided as a separate service. Expensive service. It is worth evaluating the ratio of price and your desire to delegate work. If your budget allows you to do this, believe me, you will not regret it.
These are obvious pluses, but let’s look at the dubious sides of the issue.
“The designer invents everything, and then you think how to do it.” A common situation when projects are difficult in technical execution. But if the foreman, thinking (which is extremely important), does not say in the forehead that the idea cannot be realized, then this is only a matter of additional efforts.
There are two ways out. The first is to take supervision or a few consultations with the designer (as a rule, no one leaves clients immediately after the project is completed). The second – at the stage of discussing your wishes for repairs, explain to the designer that you plan to do the repairs yourself and it is advisable to avoid complex elements in the project.
A designer is a person with his own formed taste, which may not coincide with the taste of the customer. It is advisable to find out this point before starting cooperation: look at the work of the designer, talk to him. If you understand that it’s not yours, it’s better not to start, otherwise waste your time and nerves. Here, as in everything else, you need to find your master.
How Much Does Designer Cost?
“Does the designer guarantee a quality result?” Could the final result be bad? Could. A designer, like any professional who provides a service, can turn out to be bad or good, no one is immune from mistakes. There is no difference in this matter, are you looking for a good designer or a good hairdresser. The recommendations of friends, workers, reviews on the Internet and a personal impression are the basis for choosing a quality service.
“A designer is expensive.” Attracting a designer causes additional costs, but a mid-priced project is about 5% of the total cost of repairs. The number is not great, and the benefits are very significant. The prices for the services of specialists are different.
It is not necessary to swindle at famous designers, to be horrified by their prices, spend almost all the money deferred on repairs for a project, and then sit with the project, but without repair. You can take an inexpensive designer from the regions or participate in training projects of students who do everything under the supervision of mentors and there is little chance of a mistake.