Since we are Interior Designers, it’s only natural that our first post is going to be about Hiring an Interior Designer. Yes, our blog will teach you about many ways in which you yourself can create better spaces, but there will be times when hiring a designer will be the better option; after all we have been extensively trained to create spaces that are efficient, practical & aesthetic. This post guides you through what to expect & when to hire a designer so that you can decide for yourself whether or not to proceed with hiring a professional…

Why should you hire an Interior Designer?

If you are planning to build a home or an office the time, money & care you spend on ensuring that the building is well executed is immense. The same amount of care & thought should go in to the interior aspects of your space as well. By budgeting for & hiring an Interior Designer, your home or office can be transformed in to a functional yet beautiful space that is as beautiful inside as it is on the outside. Not only when building brand new spaces when it comes to renovating & redesigning as well this remains the same. Whether it’s your home, your office or simply just one room that you want to change, redesigning and redecorating isn’t always easy. With so many options available in terms of paint colours, fabrics, furniture and accessories it is quite easy to get carried away & end up making costly mistakes. A simple mistake like choosing the wrong shade of paint to go on your walls can make the space difficult to live in. An Interior designer is a professional with a trained eye who can almost automatically detect if there is something wrong or right with a space. This together with the knowledge they have gained related to budgeting & planning will ensure that an Interior Designer is able to help you create your dream space with minimum hassle; so hire an Interior designer the next time you want to renovate or redecorate to keep costs low & achieve maximum results!

What does an Interior Designer do?

An interior designer is one step above a interior decorator, in the sense that they will design and decorate your home or office, taking into account what the space is used for and how to best use it. An interior Designer deals with the space, layout, architectural elements, project management, construction management, lighting plans, specifications, furniture and accessories on a budget and within a time frame.

When should you hire an Interior Designer?

One of the biggest questions potential clients have is when they should bring in an Interior Designer to their projects. If you are starting to build from scratch, the earlier you speak to an Interior Designer the better. This way the Designer can work parallel to the architect and save a lot of time & money for the client. For example by deciding on a design early on, the lighting points, electrical outlets etc. can be determined which means they can be put in during construction which is more cost effective & practical instead of having to move/shift them around after. When it comes to renovations & redesigning as well the earlier you hire your Interior Designer the better your results will be. In short, the best time to hire an Interior Designer is always at the beginning of a project, this way you can avoid mistakes that can often be costly.

How much will it cost me?

The cost of hiring an Interior Designer will depend on many variables, such as the size of the space & the scope of work needed. This is largely due to the fact that although it may seem like a small task there are a range of backend actions that an Interior Designer has to go through in order to create a design for you. From space planning to colour selection, furniture design to lighting & many more the amount of work that goes in to planning an entire space is quite large, this is all weighed in when the Interior Designer decides on a fee for a design. Implementation & project management is another part of this that takes time & involves many aspects from budgeting to management & liaising with a range of contractors & vendors. With all of this in mind an Interior Designer’s fee will vary from project to project, as the cost will reflect the amount of work that needs to be put in.

Our take on this:

While all of the above may be acceptable to some, there are many Sri Lankans who would not wish to spend a large sum on hiring a professional Interior Designer for an entire remodel or design project. With this in mind we at Friends Interior Arc have come up with a budget friendly system that allows you to gain a certain level of advice & consultancy depending on your budget. Follow the link below to find out more about this system & see how we can help you create your dream space with ease without having to spend millions.