Thursday, November 8, 2012

The Advantages of Hiring an Interior Designer

Starting to feel like your home could use a redesign? Maybe your office space is feeling a little stale? Instead of taking on the task of revamping your living or work space yourself, hire an interior designer.

Need a little convincing?

The advantages of hiring an interior designer include having a qualified professional who can avoid costly mistakes and create a space to meet your needs. An interior designer is proficient in space planning and utilization, design for special needs, conservation and green design, as well as safety and accessibility. They are well versed in national, state and local building codes, and will guide clients through the necessary steps to make their space comfortable, functional and aesthetically appealing. 

Interior designers will think of important aspects like acoustics and sound transmission, and can help with your selection of appliances, plumbing fixtures and floor materials. They can easily establish a budget for a well-designed space before undertaking the project, helping you decide what is important for your space.

Mind you, hiring an interior designer is different than hiring a decorator. According to NCIDQ (The National Council of Interior Design Qualifications), interior design is the art and science of understanding people’s behavior to create functional spaces within a building. Decorating, on the other hand, is the furnishing or adorning of a space with fashionable or beautiful things. So keep this in mind before you hire: interior designers will decorate, but decorators don’t design. The next time you’re in need of a redesign, call your local interior designer first and save yourself the hassle of trying to undertake a big project all by yourself. We here at Design Alternatives are always here to help!

Blog Bonus: Want a few small ways to freshen up your space on your own? Here are a few tips from our designers…

  • A fresh paint color is the least expensive way to make an impact.
  • Add a splash of color by introducing fun throw pillows to the room.
  • Good lighting can transform any space.
  • Paint a tired piece of furniture to give it a new burst of personality.
  • Using mirrors in the appropriate way can make a space appear larger.
  • Baskets are a quirky and functional way to store things in plain sight.
  • Use clear chairs or a glass table top to visually expand the space and make it feel bigger.


  1. I have seen this wonderful designs, these are perfect suggestion for designing our home. I am really pleased to see these pictures that you have shared with us.

  2. It is beneficial to hire an interior designer. Interior designers are proficient in space planning and utilization. Knowledgeable information you have provided here.
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  3. it is always beneficiary to have interior designer for your home rather going with you own ideas better is that you can share your idea with the interior designer and from that he can provide you the best solutions.

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