Interior Design

Interior design can reflect trendy and contemporary designs or individual personalities and quirks. It helps define a space, both aesthetically and functionally. Whether you are building a new house or renovating an existing home, interior design involves developing a layout for a room or space in the property, as well as choosing décor and furnishing. In the end, a new space that is attractive yet comfortable is created to enhance your enjoyment of the house.

Do It Yourself versus Hiring a Designer

Most people have ideas about how to design and decorate a space in their home. If you are confident in your design skills, designing spaces in your own home can be a rewarding experience. When embarking on the DIY route, take time to research interior design including theory and practical applications. Read magazines and books on interior design, and look at ideas online. Visit homes to get ideas, including open houses or asking a real estate agent to show you well-designed properties. Create scale mock layouts to see what works best for the space and visit showrooms to get inspiration. When you have a general idea of what colours and materials will be used, bring samples and test paints and other elements in the space to see if your vision looks good in reality.

While do it yourself interior design is a more affordable option, sometimes there are benefits to hiring a professional. This is especially true when undertaking a complex project or trying to fix mistakes left behind by a builder or architect. An interior designer can be used to manage a project from start to finish or for smaller jobs, like offering feedback or advice. Many designers provide feedback on your design ideas, although they likely will not tell you what they would do with the space without a fee. An interior designer will work within your budget to develop a space that matches your style preferences and lifestyle. Hiring an interior designer is the recommended route if you have any doubt about how professional a DIY project will look once it is complete. A poorly designed layout or executed project can be costly to fix.

Choosing an Interior Designer

From architectural features to choices of materials to what pillows go well with a sofa, an interior designer can help define almost any aspect of your home. You should clearly define your objectives before looking for an interior designer: do you need the entire space redone or are you only looking to redesign the bedrooms, kitchen, living spaces or bathrooms? This information will help the designer come up with ideas and concepts for your home. When choosing an interior designer, it is important to understand what services you will need and what services will be provided. Some homeowners only require advice while others are looking for a project manager to oversee every aspect of an interior design project. Since interior designers can be costly, the route you choose will often depend on your budget. Many designers will charge between £30 and £100 an hour, but some of the best designers may charge hourly rates of over £100.

An interior designer should be qualified and experienced. When looking for designers, ask to see proof of their interior design qualifications. See if the designer is a member of the British Institute of Interior Design, which will tell you that the designer has completed training. The BIID also looks at a designer's experience and professionalism when accepting members. Also, ask prospective designers questions about their experience including any interior design apprenticeships that they have completed since some may not have completed formal qualifications. Look at previous work completed by the designer and ask to see examples. Other important questions to ask include the cost and time it will take to complete the project. If you need help finding an interior designer, ask family and friends for any recommendations.