Among the many skills an interior designer brings to the table, juggling is perhaps the most impressive. Balancing the client’s tastes and budget with their own eye for aesthetic and practicality, a designer has to be flexible and capable of problem solving on the go. But what, specifically, will they do for you and your redecorating project; and when is it worth calling one?
A good interior designer will make a client feel comfortable during the consultation process. They shouldn’t criticize your past design choices or use overly technical terms; but most importantly they should be receptive to your tastes and the effect it is you want to achieve.
Some DIY-designers struggle in the planning process because they can’t define or articulate their own style. Understanding the psychology of design, particularly related to colour and texture, is a valuable skill possessed by professionals. An interior designer will take your ideas into consideration while quickly selecting the materials and pieces (and finding savings where possible) to make them a reality. What’s more, they’ll find ways to create unity within and where helpful, between, rooms – juggling area rugs, trim, ceilings, wall colour, artwork, lighting fixtures and positioning, furniture, throw pillows, window coverings, flooring, accessories and more.
With creativity and experience a concept for an entire room can spring from a single colour, theme or piece of artwork. Smaller, more intimate spaces like a bathroom or home office lend themselves to greater experimentation. Your interior designer can extract the essence of your idea, no matter how fuzzy and use it to create an inviting, personalized space.
Eco-conscious design is far from a fad. But finding the most responsible products – from forest-friendly flooring to low-VOC paints to recycled furniture – with an equally appealing aesthetic requires the keen eye and good research skills of a professional designer. These skills also come in handy in finding pieces that offer practicality too; style and storage can go hand in hand.
Each month an interior designer visits Paint Source Plus to perform colour consultations with clients. For more information on this opportunity, design advice from staff and the right products for your project call 905-476-9801.