Beautiful environments have a way of re-energizing us. Just think of how refreshed we feel when we return from vacationing at a 5-star hotel! That feeling is not a coincidence; hotels are outfitted by talented interior designers who understand exactly how to create unforgettable surroundings. Why not capture that same feeling at home so that you can enjoy your surroundings every day of the year?
If you have ever thought to yourself, “I would love interior design services, but I just can’t afford them” I am here to tell you that that couldn’t be further from the truth. During a recent conversation with a good friend, she admitted that she would have never considered hiring an interior designer until she met me. In her opinion, interior design was only for the very wealthy.
While we may not be able to set Kimye-sized budgets, interior design is generally accessible to all. In a previous blog that you can find here, Mark provided some strategies for finding your ideal interior designer. The research process can vary from getting a word-of-mouth recommendation to using Instagram or Houzz, but if you want a designer that speaks to your design aesthetic, you can and will find one! They may not be household names like Barbara Barry or Bunny Williams, but there are so many interior designers who are talented, educated and excited to work with you!
If you are considering hiring a designer, I want to give you 3 tips for getting one within your budgetary constraints.
Request a consultation.
Crawl before you walk! When you do find a designer whom you want to work with, request a consultation. Most designers charge a consultation fee, but if you can walk away with new ideas for your space, possible paint color options and an understanding of the designer’s fee structure, it was worth it.
Consultations can vary so be sure to ask what you can expect from it. Some designers will go as far as to do a working session during the consultation where they evaluate your entire house and then recommend that you relocate things from other rooms. Be mindful that these types of in-depth consultations tend to be more costly.
Use some of your existing furnishings.
You do not have to have a blank slate to work with a designer. Many designers are willing to work with at least some of your pre-existing furniture so that you do not have to purchase a brand new everything. If you have quality furniture pieces or heirlooms that fit into your current design aesthetic, a designer can generally make those pieces work in the new design.
Moreover, if some of your furniture is good quality but has seen better days, a designer may advise you to have it re-upholstered, repaired or re-painted. Designers are aware of options that you have never even thought of so getting that expert advice can actually save you money in the long run.
Do one room at a time.
If money is limited, but you want to start at least the process, hire a designer for just one space in your home. Once that space is complete, you can work on creating budgets for other spaces. By then, you will have a better and clearer understanding of the design process.
I do need to be honest with you; design is an investment so it makes sense to have a reasonable budget for the room you are considering. Have you tried to shop an entire living room for $1500? It’s almost impossible to do (although I know there are some thrifty flea market shoppers out there that could probably get it done). A good rule of thumb is that if you can’t make it happen, neither can a designer who is going to suggest quality products. So it is important to be realistic when it comes to budget.
Final Thoughts & Call to Action
We know that there are so many designers out there that are doing incredible work in the shadows. These designers can help you make your home into the oasis you wish it could be!
Tastefully Inspired Blog was created to celebrate tastemakers and so this is a great opportunity to feature your design work. For one week starting Monday, May 08, 2017, if you are a professional interior designer, we want you to submit professional images of your work to firstname.lastname@example.org. Every day, the Tastefully Inspired Team will select our favorite room and feature it on our Tastefully Inspired Lifestyle IG account, as well as, other social media accounts.
At the end of the 7 days, we will choose our favorite of all of your submissions and the winner will win a designer interview with our very own editor, Mark McDonough! So don’t wait. Send those submissions right away!