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3 benefits of hiring an interior designer

It’s not surprising that most people don’t consider hiring an interior designer. After all, how can someone else know your tastes better than you? On the other hand…

• They are able to understand, assess and deal with any design problems: An interior designer is trained to listen to how a client would like to use a space and assess the best way to achieve this. The first step in any design process is getting to grips with the issues the design should tackle. This could be making sure different zones in a room have the correct lighting for ambience and tasks. Or it could be about making sure a small space is used in a clever way.

• They are an outsider: An interior designer is able to take a step back and look at the bigger picture, as well as dealing with the details. When it’s your own property it’s sometimes difficult to see the wood for the trees and assess a situation in a 

dispassionate way. Believe me, I’m trying to remodel my own house at the moment and it’s proving to be an almost impossible task!

• They can save you money: There are three ways an interior designer will cost your project.
1. They charge a design fee;
2. They received a trade rate on goods and make a return by charging a retail price;
3. A mixture of the two.
The charges should be transparent, and very often an interior designer should be able to save you money. They have greater access to resources, making sure you get the design you want, without the hassle and cost of trying to achieve the same look yourself.

If you’d like to find out whether working with an interior designer could benefit you, please drop me a line. At Home by Design is a small, personalised service, without the large overheads of a big design studio.

3 ways to add interest to a room 

A space in your home primary has a function. It’s where you cook, where you relax, where you sleep, or it’s simply where you hang your coat.

It has a purpose.

The practical nature of the room doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Here are three ways to add interest.

Why not give me a call for a chat about how you can add interest to your home?
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1. Do the unexpected: Have some fun and do something quirky. It will raise a smile and give a happy, warm feeling to a room.

2. Go wild: Use nature as your inspiration. Collect fir cones, feathers, pieces of driftwood or simply take a collection of flower photographs.

3. Mix it up: Try putting together an eclectic display of contrasting things, perhaps old and new furniture, flowery and striped fabrics, or shelving of different shapes and colours.

3 ways to create a focal point in a room

Focal points in a room give the eye somewhere to rest. It also gives a room interest and can act as a conversation starter. And after all, if the eye is drawn to your display, it won’t see the mess and detritus of every day life!

1. Create a talking point: Is there a piece of unusual art you’re fond of? Have you picked up a holiday souvenir and don’t know what to do with it? Display it in a way that means visitors ask about it. It’s an easy way to start a conversation.

2. Use symmetry: The human eye is drawn to pleasing shapes and regular patterns. We’re taught at school to find a theme in something that appears to be random. 

(Don’t tell me you haven’t spotted repeated shapes in a frosted window, or wallpaper!) It’s therefore restful and pleasing to the eye when it spots symmetry.

3. Create a collection: If you have a collection of photographs, pictures, teapots, boxes, or nicknacks that mean something to you, pull them together in an interesting display. Design should include personality.

If you need advice on how to get started with your design project, drop me a line to find out more about my professional consultation packages, designed to suit all budgets.
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