How essential is it to have an interior designer for your new home?
Interior designing is an integral part of every home, be it new or a renovated one. While you are all set to decorate your new home, make sure to keep in mind few designing aspects which may help your designer to glam up your space. Home décor for your new home is as essential as every other aspect of the home including the basics. You might not be able to distinguish between the functional and decorative aspect of an item in the home, but an interior designer can transform your dull boring space into a vibrant and functional one.
Your home signifies your personality, taste in life and creates a unique identity, apart from being a dream haven. It is best to hire a professional interior designing expert who can spice up your new home into a breathtaking yet completely unique and comfortable space. A designer knows the nitty-gritties of spaces such as what comforts and calms people, lifts their mood, how accessible a specific area is, which colours suit what room (bedrooms/studies/kitchens), security and safety of people, lighting (depending upon the purpose – bedrooms and a study room have different light requirements).
Let the interior designing professional have a proper assessment of your space, then hand over the list of things you need to have in every room.
Shuffle through a lot of interior designing magazines and consult with the designer about your preferences. Before making the final call, let the professional know the style and theme you want to get incorporated (traditional/Victorian or contemporary) in your house. Though, you can opt to mix the styles and keep it different for every room, it would be better to have a uniform theme throughout the house. Go for the designs that make you comfortable, they shouldn’t make you feel out of your own place.
2. Devise a plan
Though there are multiple rooms to be decorated by the interior designer, help them plan each room and space individually. Be with them to explain your requirements and note down the instructions regarding the preference of every member who is going to live in that space. Record the functionality of the room and what you have finalized together with the interior designing expert (such as wall colour/wallpapers, specific paintings to be done, furniture, and lighting). If possible accompany the designer for shopping; it would help you get a better idea as how to manage the costs.
3. Set a budget
Budget is a crucial thing when you move to a new home, so make sure to let the interior designer know your expense limit. He/she would work around it accordingly. It may change slightly as you start working and might like something else for your home than what you have planned.
4. Tell your preferred colours and lighting
Proper lighting and complementing colors set the mood and create the perfect ambience in every space. The designer must use natural light as much as possible and might add some decorative (pendant lights/wall lights/floor lamps/chandeliers) ones to enhance the look and feel of the interiors. Children’s playroom, study, or the master bedroom, all have different needs and should be treated that way.
Play with different colours to add some drama to the interiors, let the interior designer pick the complementing and contrasting colours suitable for your home. Contemporary design would look classy with white, beige and black colour. With a feature wall being painted in a bold colour would add the wow effect to the space. For a vintage look, choose muted and pastel shades along with patterned highlights (paneled accents of patterned wallpaper).
5. Materials you want in your décor
Upholstery plays a significant role in interior designing and the colours, designs as well as the material reflect the unique style of a period. Let the designer know the preferred colours and material you want to incorporate, so that he/she can play around it to create the perfect ambience that matches the theme.
A professional with adequate knowledge in interior designing would transform your new home magically, but you have to draw a line how much you can splurge on his/her suggestions. Always weigh cost and convenience before taking the final call plan it properly with a strategic approach and you are all set for the game.