5 Reasons Why You Should Hire a Designer
It's no secret that some people might think that hiring a designer is typically for the upper class. And it's no secret that in this DIY generation, everyone is getting inspired by Joanna Gaines (including me) and taking on their own home projects! Personally, these two scenarios became hurdles I had to overcome as a designer because it makes sense... which normal family wants to hire a designer when either they think they can do it themselves or think that only the richy-rich can afford? As I decided to push through and investigate these obstacles rather than shying away from them, I have become aware of an encouraging truth for both you and me. I found that in the areas of time, money, resources, energy and quality, hiring a designer for your home could just be the best thing you do for you, your home, and your wallet! Let's dig a little deeper into these areas, shall we?
I'll start with energy because people usually start to get overwhelmed by the thought of updating their home and don't know where to start. Well, headache be gone! Are you struggling to find clutter in the most unwanted places because you're trying to juggle too many styles? Your home should be a place of rest and rejuvenation. Hiring a good designer who will listen to all your needs will create that non-cluttered style and theme throughout your home without you having another thing on your mind or plate. Leave your stress behind and trust your designer while you go get a massage. Allow yourself to be a little surprised and rested! It will all be worth it.
Time and Energy go hand in hand! Making purchases and returns can be so time consuming and draining, trust me! I've made the mistake of trying ten different pillows on a single couch, all because I didn't make the time to sit down and actually plan out the color scheme, style, and the right kind of textures in my living room. Or you might be that hardworking mom with three kids who feels like they can never rest at home because you're too busy juggling a family and a job. Whatever the case may be, your designer will put complete thought into creating that zen home you're wanting while you get that massage and do something for you! As they present to you their inspiration mood board and layout of the room, say goodbye to the back-and-forth HomeGoods errands!
You are most likely to save money when you budget, right? How often do we budget when we're at a retail store like Target, roaming through the home decor section, buying all the things we love and come home $200 later? (I hope I'm not the only one!) Creating a budget, knowing furniture prices, and creating a space-layout plan for a good design takes time, and although it is doable if you dare, a designer will shop trade prices rather than retail. Clients should understand the difference between trade versus retail prices and quality. Even if a designer marks-up their picks, they are still giving the client a better deal than retail, AND for the quality as well! A good designer will care about your budget and not abuse it. If you have concerns, ask the designer to show you examples of a retail couch versus a one purchased through trade. It's ok to ask, but once they gain your trust, keep in mind that they want a win-win just like you do.
In the area of design, money and quality definitely go hand in hand. Now, before I disclose anything, I'm not against retail stores in any way. I actually love purchasing some sale items from time to time from places like West Elm, Pottery Barn, and even Crate 'N Barrel, but sometimes I will find retail costing too much for the lack of quality. If you value quality, then you should know that retail's focus is mass production and maximizing profit versus quality control; so you're not going to get the best quality like you would by purchasing furniture through a designer who would get good quality, maybe even custom furniture through Trade resources. Let me share with you a live example: a lady purchased a $1,200 couch at West Elm, and it already started showing signs of wear within the first year. She immediately contacted West Elm's customer service regarding replacements and was informed that a typical life span of a couch from West Elm was 1-3 years with light use. You can read the full article here. Again, I have nothing against stores like West Elm personally, but it's good to be educated about what your money is going towards. A good designer will give you the farm-to-fork experience with trade manufacturers, rather than a fast-food approach for the cost you're paying. They are the experts in quality, it's not just a hobby, it's their profession.
So if designers aren't shopping retail, where do they shop? Trade manufacturers will sell only to designers at lower discounts because they know that designers will represent their goods well! Designers will get you the quality and prices a typical consumer does not have access to, and if done right, will actually save you money by selling to you at a price lower than retail by shopping by trade. Again, it's ok if you ask questions about a designer's resources but also remember that trade is how they work their magic, and that's what sets them apart from everyone else!
Updating your home the right way is an investment; but like anything else, will reap huge benefits. In the end, hiring a good designer will save you time, and energy, will give you better quality using substantial resources, and yes, can even save you money for all of the above you would be receiving! Have you ever wanted to hire a designer but was afraid to for financial reasons? You're not the only one. I hope this article helped ease any skepticism and gave a new light to hiring an interior designer.