By Laura Sullivan, ID.ology Interior Design
When you invest large amounts of time and money into your home, you want to be able to showcase it to look it’s best. Interior Design is a skill and an art that will enhance the space and the quality of your life in the space. A professional designer will help you tell your visual story and make your house a home.
Professional Assessment. A designer will give you an assessment of your project and create a solid plan of action. A designer is trained to look at and plan spaces based on the principles of design: scale and proportion, balance, rhythm, emphasis and harmony. Special attention is also paid to the elements of design: space, line, shape and mass, texture, light, color and pattern. Professional designers use their knowledge in those areas to create spaces that are physically and psychologically comfortable, as well as beautiful and functional.
Budgeting. Forget the notion that interior designers are only for the über-wealthy. Using a design professional can actually save you money in the long run. Many clients have found that working with a designer proves to be less expensive than trying to do it on their own. A designer will keep you on budget, on schedule and help prevent expensive mistakes. Designers work within all budgets, and most will take on clients for by-the-hour consultations or small project fees.
Advocate. A designer serves as a liaison between you and your architect or builder early in the process and can help avoid missed design elements in your overall plan. This is crucial in managing time and money. Designers are trained to think about things you may overlook. It is necessary that lighting and furnishing needs be addressed prior to construction. For example, lighting design should be hinged on furniture layout to be optimally placed and functional. Great designers have the ability to think differently and spatially and see an overall picture that clients often cannot.
Resources. Designers have relationships and connections that will give you access to resources and discounts that are unavailable to general public. There is a vast selection of furnishings, fabrics and accessories that are “to the trade only.” Designers also have access to trade professionals such as plumbers, cabinet makers, electricians and painters. By culminating all their resources, designers can help make your space more collected, unique and pulled together.
Your home should be a reflection of you. It should be your place of refuge and a place of comfort, as well as functionality. A good interior designer brings their expertise, education and insight to the table. They will see the full picture and will be able to offer objective design expertise.
For more information about ID.ology Interior Design and how we can help you, please visit www.idologyasheville.com or give us a call at 828-252-4403.