I just wanted to debunk some general misconceptions there are about interior designers. With all the TV programs out there about interior designers, people seem to have these misguided ideas about us.
#1 I can’t afford an interior designer. This is not true. Interior designers are here to work within your budget. They can work on small scale and large projects. The media and magazines just tend to show the most expensive and elaborate jobs. This makes the public feel that designers are only for the rich! We are here to make all spaces beautiful and most projects have a fixed budget and we must work within it.
#2 People think that designers won’t be able to find their style. They feel that designers are there to push their own ideas and go big. We are here to help you find your style. Your home is personal and it should reflect your taste. An interior designer is there to help you find your style and make it a reality. We are there to create a unique space that you will love.
#3. Interior Designers just pick paint colours. There is this idea it’s all fluffy and girly stuff, just to make things look pretty. This is hardly the case at all. An interior designer is a trained professional who is knowledgeable, about building and safety codes. They must be able to read blueprints and drawings, from both architects and builders. They are well versed in building codes and regulations. They are trained to design safe, functional and beautiful spaces. Colours are just the icing on the cake.
#4. Interior designers are snobby and unapproachable. Not true at all, we are regular folk just like you, who take pride in our work and enjoy working with people or we wouldn’t have entered this profession. Unfortunately, reality shows like to portray designers that are over-the-top and dramatic, but they do this because it brings in good ratings. It certainly doesn’t help with the overall perception of an interior designer.
#5. An interior designer has a perfect and immaculate home! Ha! Some designers may have this, other don’t. They have busy lives and children and demands on their time just like we all do. It’s like being married to the cobbler and having holes in their shoes!
#6 Many people feel they can do it themselves. I have good taste and know what I like, I’ll do it myself and save some money. You probably do have good taste but there is still a knack for putting it all together. Designers are backed with 4 years of study which includes lighting and proportions and functionality to a space. They also have access to suppliers and showrooms that the public doesn’t and have discounts on items we would never see in a store. They can truly help you create your unique space.
#7. My humble little home doesn’t deserve an interior designer. As far as we are concerned everybody deserves to live in a gorgeous space. Your home is your castle and it should feel like it. You work hard for the things you have and you should enjoy coming home to them and feel proud about showing them to your friends.
So there’s our little tidbit for the day. We hope you keep this in mind and remember to turn to your local interior designer and create that perfect home just for you!