Our homes are our sanctuary, which is why it is important to create a place where we can relax, that is stylish and, above all, reflects our personality. A personal interior project takes a significant amount of planning and effort, something we are personally well aware off having finished our own self build project and the interiors that come with that.
We made sure to invest time in the interior design element of our new home but we appreciate not everyone has the time, or in some cases vision, to take on their own interior design project. This is where hiring a professional interior designer can come in handy, however, it isn’t right for everyone.
We recently caught up with Oro Bianco, who specialise in luxury interiors in London and around the UK, to discuss the key questions you should ask yourself before you decide whether to commit to working with an interior designer.
How well do you know your own style?
When it comes to interior design, some of us are naturally creative and take great pride in purchasing furniture, paint and decorations for our homes. These people tend to be good at making decisions and usually have an artistic personality, knowing exactly what vision they wish to create in each room of the house.
On the other hand, there are some people who may not have a firm grasp of styling and feel more comfortable seeking professional help. An interior designer or stylist can make your vision a reality, by asking you tailored questions relating to your personal style and what you think you want your home to look like.
Depending on which of these two categories you fall into, you might decide to get an expert’s opinion, or carry out work on your home all by yourself.
Do you have the budget for it?
Hiring an interior designer does not come cheap, as you are paying someone for their time, expertise and materials. That being said, having a professional come in and do the hard work for you means you can sit back and relax while your home is beautifully transformed. You also avoid any costly design mistakes that other people might make when taking matters into their own hands.
As with most services, interior design comes in a range of prices, from the budget-friendly, right through to the extremely lavish. It is, therefore, down to you to decide if you have the budget for it, and which end of the spectrum you wish to go down.
Moreover, if you are thinking of transforming your whole home, it may be worthwhile seeking a design company that also offers other services as part of an overall package, such as extensions, conversions or architectural services. This can help lower the overall costs, as working with one company is often cheaper than finding several different ones to fulfil each task.
Can you do the job yourself?
If you are only looking to carry out a few simple home upgrades, then hiring an interior designer or stylist probably won’t be necessary, especially if you are of the creative mindset and have carried out other redesign tasks on your home in the past.
However, larger interior projects do prove challenging, which is where hiring a professional could come in handy. Not only does it minimise the amount of stress that comes with planning and executing a successful redesign, but it also means you are working with someone who is qualified and experienced enough to transform your home into something you can be truly proud of!
Looking for Interiors Advice?
Are you planning on starting your own interiors project soon or perhaps you’re considering a renovation or self build? If you’d like to discuss the interior design ideas that lead to the layout and furniture choices in our own home, please get in touch via our contact page.
Have you got any interior design advice or your own? Comment below with your tips and advice.
Until next time, keep those interiors looking great.
Helen, Nial and Lewis.