When you hire a professional interior designer, you get the benefit of an experienced professional who can solve problems, help you avoid costly mistakes and most importantly, create a space designed specifically to meet your needs.
Whether it is new construction or remodeling, a design project involves numerous choices and decisions. You want someone knowledgeable and experienced to advise you and make everything come out just right. Someone you can trust to listen to your ideas, understand your needs and help realize your vision. You want a professional.
Among the many areas of expertise a professional designer commands are:
- Space planning and utilization, including organizational and storage needs
- Long-term project and lifecycle planning
- National, state and local building codes
- Safety and accessibility
- Design for people with special needs
- Conservation and “green” design
- Historic restoration and preservation
- Interior detailing of background elements, such as wall and ceiling designs
- Custom design of furniture, millwork, window coverings and accents
- Selection of appliances, plumbing fixtures and flooring materials
- Lighting and Lighting specifications
- Acoustics and sound transmission
- Audiovisual and communication technology
- Construction documents and specifications
In addition to their in-depth knowledge of products, materials and finishes, professional designers have the training and expertise to plan, schedule, execute and manage your project from start to finish. They know and work closely with many vendors, contractors and other service providers, coordinating and orchestrating the entire design team. Designers also provide specification and purchasing services to procure materials, furniture, accessories and art, some of which you might not be able to find on your own.
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Style, color, mood, harmony, contrast, comfort, convenience and fit likely come to mind when considering a new design. Interior design concerns itself with more than just the visual or ambient enhancement of an interior space, however. It seeks to optimize and harmonize the uses to which the interior environment will be put.
Many factors come into play in formulating the design solution:
- The space itself–its dimensions and construction–with its potential and its limitations. How the space will be used–for work or leisure, entertainment or worship, healing or learning.
- The meaning of the space, what it signifies–be it power, authority, security, wisdom, achievement, playfulness or serenity.
- Practical considerations, like ease of access, amount of light, acoustics, seating and places to store or set things down.
- Health and safety considerations, attention to special needs and more.
- Psychological and behavior impact of the design.
- Environmental impact of the design.
Designers often specialize in one or more specific types of interior design. Some designers specialize in only residential or commercial (or, contract) projects, but many designers do both residential and commercial projects of various kinds.
The most common types of design specialties are follows:
- Single home – remodel or addition
- Single home – new construction
- Model home
- Multi-housing (apartments, condominiums, etc.)
- Office / Branded environments
- Healthcare and medical
- Hospitality (hotels, restaurants, bars and clubs, spas and resorts, clubhouses)
- Government / Institutional
- Entertainment (stage, movies and TV, theme parks)
Some designers specialize in interiors for yachts, cruise ships and private planes.