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Are interior designers worth the money?

At one time, the idea of using an interior designer was reserved for the privileged few: the über-rich who were happy to give ‘carte blanche’ to a designer to let them loose on their home.

Nowadays, our busy day-to-day schedules in this ever-hectic world simply don’t allow the majority of us to create our own dream interiors. Also, many people (with thanks to Pinterest!) have a good idea of what they want and like, but don’t have the know-how or skills to pull it all together.

Added to this, with last year’s national obsession with ‘hygge’ (the Danish concept that focuses on the relationship between creating a nice environment to live in and our overall happiness) it is clear that we now truly appreciate the importance of investing in our home surroundings – after all, our home is our sanctuary.

To create our ideal home, many of us are therefore realising the benefits of using a professional interior designer to steer us in the right direction when it comes to making key decisions about our interiors. By using their buying power, know-how, assistance and design flair, they can help us to create a space that fits the way we live as well as being visually stunning.

Still not convinced? Check out our top reasons for using an interior designer:

  1. You can actually save time and money:

neutral-colour-schemeQuestion: have you ever wasted countless hours and money painting and then repainting a room – and even then you weren’t happy with the colour?   Designers help you to avoid common pitfalls such as bad purchase decisions on items that are not worth the cost, won’t fit or look right or won’t last long. With a designer’s knowledge and experience, they can point you in the right direction with less wasted hours and money – plus they’ll have preferential rates with most suppliers.   In addition to this, a designer will have access to a huge library of fabrics and wall-coverings, which will save you endless amounts of time spent researching.

  1. Minimise stress:

One of the biggest jobs a designer does is manage your project – whether this is ordering products, measuring windows, or co-ordinating fitters or subcontractors. Your designer will also use their little black book of tried and tested contacts to source any additional contractors that may be required, so you don’t need to take any risks yourself.

  1. Make your existing space and furniture work better:

A good designer will look at the relationship between the way you live and the existing space – and work out how best to use the space to meet your needs. It’s amazing how a space can be transformed by simply re-arranging a few key items.

  1. Push your boundaries

Often we don’t have the confidence to try out new designs with our home interiors and stick to the same or similar ‘safe’ option. Designers are programmed to think outside the box and help you create the room/s that you have always dreamed of – or seen on Pinterest – creating the

Still not convinced?

Listen to Eleanor Goddard, co-owner of Furnish & Fettle, being interviewed by Alex Goldstein from Harrogate’s Stray FM on all things interior. If you have a spare 10 minutes, why not grab yourself a cuppa and listen to Eleanor dispelling some of the myths about interior design – including whether or not getting an interior designer is worth the money. Plus get some top tips from Eleanor on how to find the best scheme to suit your requirements within your budget.

Take a listen and let us know what you think!

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