For people in the starting out stages of a home renovation, the reasons not to enlist the help of an interior designer can be many. For some, the additional cost may seem burdensome or unnecessary; others may worry that hiring a professional will mean handing over creative control of a space that’s near and dear to their heart.
But the truth is, while reinventing your space can appear deceptively simple thanks to property makeover shows and Instagram transformations, even the smallest project (like a powder room) requires careful thought, meticulous planning, and a degree of know-how that extends beyond the ability to choose the right lighting or a pretty paint color. In reality, investing in outside expertise can actually save homeowners money on their renovations—not to mention anxiety, time, and a host of logistical headaches.
“Working together with a designer means gaining a teammate—one that’ll help you push the envelope a little bit, avoid expensive blunders, and get the high-impact result you want,” says Lynne Lawson, an interior designer who works with Decorating Den Interiors, a network of individually owned and operated interior design franchises throughout the U.S. and Canada. Here, Lawson sums up 6 reasons a designer’s guidance can make all the difference.
It keeps costs under control.
Lawson insists that hiring a designer is, in the end, a budget-friendly decision. “It’s our responsibility to make sure you’re getting the biggest creative bang for your buck,” she says. “Designers are trained on how to approach a project efficiently and cost-effectively, and how to understand what’s needed in each type of space.”
She adds that designers know how to source high-quality pieces that will mesh with a client’s style and won’t need to be replaced in a year or two. “That’s what really ends up saving money in the long run.”
It streamlines the design strategy.
The preparation phases of a renovation can be enough to make a homeowner’s head spin: Will you need permits to knock down walls? Will removing upstairs flooring affect the downstairs ceiling? When’s the best time to pick out paint, flooring, or light fixtures?
“A renovation is a very intricate undertaking, and not all of it is intuitive or obvious,” says Lawson. Knowing how to organize and properly sequence the steps of a project is key, she adds, and an important part of what designers do. Someone who does it every day is going to be able to get their arms around a complex project more easily than someone who does it once in a lifetime.”