There are so many myths and misconceptions out there regarding working with an interior designer. So, we thought it would be a good idea to put some of those to rest and enable our Foxy Faithful to listen to that little voice (AKA our post from a couple weeks ago) telling them to hire a designer in 2019.
Myth # 1: My Home Won't Look Like I Live There
"The best rooms have something to say about the people who live in them."
- Designer, David Hicks
The most important part of selecting an interior designers is making sure that they understand who you are as a person - your style, tastes, personality, and lifestyle. This will enable your designer to truly create a space that represents you. A good designer will create the space that always knew you wanted but didn't necessarily know how to achieve and it will just scream "YOU!"
Myth #2: My Home Will Look Great But Not Be Practical
"The essence of interior design will always be about people and how they live."
- Designer, Albert Hadley
Piggybacking off the previous myth, a good designer really takes the time to fully understand how you live and creates their design accordingly. Do you have kids? Great! We'll focus on durable fabrics that are stain-resistant and will hold up well to little muddy shoe prints and juice spills. Do you love to entertain? Fantastic! We'll create a space that is welcoming and conducive to large gatherings with plenty of places to set food and drinks.
Just because you have a beautiful home does not mean that it can't be functional for your life.
Myth #3: A Designer Will Make Me Get Rid Of All My Existing Furniture
"Be faithful to your own taste, because nothing you really like is ever out of style."
- Designer, Billy Baldwin
Just like how a designer should understand who you are as a person and how you live your life they should also understand that there are certain pieces of furniture and decor that are important to you. They shouldn't ask you to part with those items but instead take them and use them in ways you never would have thought of, thus helping you see those beloved items in an entirely new and different light.
Myth #4: I Should Build My Home First and Then Hire A Designer Later
"Form follows function - that has been misunderstood. Form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union." - Frank Lloyd Wright
Bringing in a designer early on in the building process is always going to be a wise decision. Designers will take the time to understand how you live, meaning they will be able to spot areas in the plans and throughout the construction process that may need to be tweaked in order to make the house work best for you. Beyond that they will make certain that the entire design of the house is going to work cohesively towards reflecting your style and tastes. It's a measure twice, cut once mentality!
Myth #5: Only Super Rich People Can Afford A Designer
"Designing a home is about giving people spaces to live and allowing them an outlet to express themselves." - Designer, Trip Haenisch
It's true, there are designers who specialize in ultra high-end homes for the insanely wealthy. However, many designers work primarily with people who do actually have a budget that they need to stick to. Your designer can be instrumental in keeping that budget in check and in proposing items that will help you to achieve the look you want without breaking the bank. Whether it's designing an 800 sq. ft. condo or a 15,000 sq. ft. dream home - the right designer can make it sing while staying at or under budget.
We hope that this has helped to dispel some of the misgivings you might have had about hiring a designer in 2019. If this has convinced you that it's time for you to put aside your doubts and fears and hire a designer in 2019, we would love to chat with you about your design goals and answer any other questions you might have. Just give us a shout either at 301.348.8835 or firstname.lastname@example.org!
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