Creating a home that you’re eager to come home to night after night is no easy feat; it’s one of the many reasons home design personalities, TV shows dedicated to interior design, and DIY magazines have gained such huge followings, particularly in recent years. While it may be fun to imagine creating an interior design scheme from scratch, for those of us with work, family, and social commitments to attend to, adding decorating to our CV isn’t exactly possible. Hiring an interior designer can often take the stress out of creating your dream home, but, like any major undertaking, especially one that involves letting another person make decisions about your home, there’s still plenty of potential for stress. Before you decide whether to hire a designer, consider these pros and cons:
Pro: You’ll save time
An interior designer does so much more than pick out furniture and window treatments for you; your designer is the point person for everything that goes on in your home while it’s being transformed, hiring contractors, painters, electricians, and, of course, picking the fabrics and individual pieces you’ll tell your design story with. In the long run, you’ll cut out all the busy work that would add hours to your schedule each week.
Con: You’ll have a semi-permanent guest
Interior design projects are rarely completed in a matter of days. Many interior re-dos take weeks, or even months, meaning you may be seeing more of your designer than you do your closest friends.
Pro: Your décor will be cohesive
You may know what you like on an item-by-item basis, but that doesn’t always mean your vision will come together the way you’d hoped. Even if you have spectacular taste, it often takes the keen eye of a design professional to evaluate how particular pieces will work together and in the larger context of your home.
Con: Decisions will be out of your hands
If you love controlling every aspect of a project, having a designer take over may be a hard pill to swallow. While your designer should respect your wishes when designing your home, you’ll also have to allow him or her to make choices concerning your home’s design scheme, which isn’t always comfortable, particularly for the more type-A personalities out there.
Pro: You’ll learn valuable information about interior design
Even those of us who are constantly seeking to improve our aesthetic can find ourselves in a bit of a rut when it comes to home design. We end up shopping at the same stores, reading the same magazines, and following the same designers’ Instagram accounts, leaving us with a narrow perspective on the design world. A designer may be able to broaden your style horizons, introducing you to new aesthetics and designers you would never have thought to incorporate into your home design scheme.
Con: You won’t always see eye-to-eye
Your designer may be working for you, but that doesn’t always mean they’ll agree with your choices. Prepare for some potential pushback when you make choices that contradict your designer’s vision or design philosophy.
Ultimately, if you’re looking to save time, and in many cases, your sanity, an interior designer can be a major asset to your family and your home, and when you find a good match, you can maintain that relationship through all the style evolutions you and your home have ahead of you.