Interior designers seem to be everywhere these days. From well-known designers like Joanna Gaines and Shea McGee filling Target shelves with their wares to the many designers that can be found on Instagram, it’s no longer uncommon to solicit help and advice from an interior designer. In fact, if you’re planning to give your home a top-to-bottom makeover, a designer can make the task feel a lot less overwhelming.
You may be wondering, “Why should I hire an interior designer?” We’ve tapped the expertise of designers Aly Morford and Leigh Lincoln, co-founders of Pure Salt Interiors, to shed some light on the benefits of hiring an interior designer—particularly when it comes to the bedroom, where the design is key in helping you get a good night’s sleep.
Why hire an interior designer
1. They’ll help you choose a starting point
The hardest part of a home renovation project? Choosing a place to start, even in a space that seems as small as your bedroom. Should you start by picking bedroom furnishings, then a color palette? Or should it be the other way around? And should you plan your entire room around your bed?
The designers say a professional can particularly help in the department of “not knowing where to begin.” Since this person is a pro, they’ll be able to choose the starting line of a project, whether it’s your entire home or just your bedroom.
2. You’ll discover how to make the most of a space
Morford and Lincoln say designers can provide “advice on creating an efficient and livable floor plan,” something that an everyday person may struggle with. And since you’re so close to the space as the homeowner, it can be hard to step back and discover how to truly maximize a space like your bedroom or an entire floor plan.
Designers can also help you set certain goals for a space. In the bedroom, that often means creating a peaceful, sleep-promoting oasis.
“Especially with bedroom design, our job is to help create spaces that feel like a true retreat and take the work out the experience for our clients so they only ever need to enjoy their restful space,” Morford says. “It’s a small thing that can really enhance the way someone lives in their space over the long haul.”
3. They’ll be able to access behind-the-scenes items
One of the other perks of hiring an interior designer? They often have access to items you wouldn’t be able to get your hands on as a non-designer—like product lines that can only be purchased by designers or sourced vintage. Morford and Lincoln refer to this as “access to exclusive or specific goods,” and it’s something that can make your bedroom, or whole home, look distinctive.
4. They’ll tailor your bedroom to your tastes
Oftentimes, interior designers seem to be partly therapists: They’ll help you uncover your personality, needs, and preferences as you design a room that suits you perfectly, resulting in a bedroom, or another space, that embodies you.
“On our end, the goal is always the same: to create a well-loved and well-lived home that suits our client’s needs, lifestyle, and taste, all imbued with our expertise and tried and true process,” Morford says.
5. You’ll pick up design know-how
While working with an interior designer, you’ll receive a design education along the way, which means you can pick up helpful tips and tricks to use in the future.
Morford says a large part of the job is education, from educating clients on the right choices for their home all the way to educating them on the value of their work as a whole.
6. You’ll eliminate headaches
Remodeling, even if it’s just your bedroom, can frequently be a stressful experience. Hiring an interior designer means you won’t have to do nearly as much heavy lifting on your own, making it a much more pleasant experience. The designers call it “a worry-free experience with beautiful results.”
Why is an interior designer important?
An interior designer is trained to create a space that’s equally efficient and functional as it is aesthetic, explains Lincoln. “We work with design programs to thoroughly lay out the rooms of your home, taking into account how you want to live in your space,” she says. “Then we source unique pieces to fill your rooms with thoughtful selections. After all is said and done, we turn over your home fully designed and ready to live in without worry or doubt.”
What are the benefits of hiring an interior designer?
“Working with a designer comes with added perks beyond the inherent skill,” Morford shares. She explains that most designers have relationships with vendors from contractors to manufacturers to industry creatives, so you can reap the benefits of an entire professional team all through your designer.
“Even in our own homes, we partner with each other and fellow designers to open our eyes to new possibilities and additional creative joy,” says Morford. “Sometimes it truly takes a village, and we love beauty that can be generated from collaborative effort.”
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