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Good design is the key to an aesthetically pleasing and cleverly functional space, so what role do interior designers play, and how do they work their magic? Here is a fuss-free, straightforward guide to what an interior designer does, how they charge for their services, and how they will benefit your project.
A well-considered space can enable us to work and live more efficiently, comfortably and can add to the value of a home. The next step after building your property and considering your layout is thinking about how to decorate and furnish the interior. This is where an interior designer would come in.
An interior designer is usually someone who is already creative and good at visual communication. Those skills enable them to understand the relationship between interior spaces and those that live in them, and how to interpret that understanding in a home’s interior.
An interior designer can help you with everything from custom joinery and cabinetry to recommending flooring, finishes, fittings, fixtures, furniture, colour schemes, design styles and layouts that will best benefit your home, lifestyle and family. This could include things such as anticipating the storage needs for a family kitchen, as above
However, it is also important to keep in mind that some interior designers may specialise in one particular area. Some interior designers work only in residential or commercial environments; some work in both.
Furthermore, try to work with a designer who is transparent about costs, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. No one likes blowing the budget. If your designer charges by the hour, just remember that any time you engage their services, advice or opinions, you will generally be charged for this. Phone calls, shopping trips, site visits are all potentially billable, a little like a lawyer. The key thing to remember is that the knowledge of the interior designer is what you are paying for; and their skills and services must be remunerated accordingly.
Try to understand why you like a particular style, fabric or finish – but when you involve an interior designer, try to go in with an open mind. These people are experts, and their opinions should be treated with respect. Try to combine your ideas with their suggestions; they may come up with ideas or combinations you would never have thought of, or know of places that create something similar for less. Similarly, they should treat your vision for your home with respect – the relationship should be one of mutual understanding, respect, give and take
The key points to remember when choosing an interior designer are: be realistic with your budget, have some solid ideas of what you want to achieve, do your research on interior designers and go into the working relationship with an open mind. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or clarify the suggestions and advice you are being given.
All images are the property of MKM Group and have been interior styled and designed by Michael Kljaic and his team at MKM Group.
The team at MKM Group headed by Michael Kljaic, are perfectionists when it comes to attention to detail. Just one of the many reasons they won the prestigious award of small lots best bathroom and best house.