The cost of hiring an interior designer

The cost of hiring an interior designer

If your home is feeling outdated, why not hire an interior designer to spruce the place up? A little bit of luxury in your home can be cheaper than you think.

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It’s not uncommon to feel that, no matter how much you redecorate your home, no matter how much time and effort you put into the planning and preparation, it simply doesn’t turn out how you envisioned. If you’re looking to update your home with the latest styles in interior décor but are unsure about how to avoid such a problem, you may want to think about hiring an interior designer – it may sound like an extravagance, but they have vital knowledge and information about the hottest new trends and must-have furniture items you simply can’t get hold of anywhere else.

Most designers have been professionally educated to be expert judges of space and measurements, and can assess what colours and styles complement each other as well as make sure the overall design works with the layout of your home. They are also very likely to have a large number of contacts in the home improvement and development sector – allowing them to acquire the most suitable products or services at a price you might otherwise have missed.

Remember, an interior designer is different to an interior decorator. The latter only has experience in how to improve the aesthetic qualities of your home – making decisions on colour schemes, wallpaper, flooring, lighting and other accessories. An interior designer, on the other hand, understands how such aesthetic features match the structure and layout of the building; they are fully trained to re-design and oversee construction work and hire contractors – and can therefore offer a more cohesive scheme for the entire property. They will, however, be more expensive, so if you are merely looking for a few interior flourishes a decorator might do just as well. Here is a step-by-step guide to help you prepare to hire an interior designer and get the most for your money:

  • Budget – firstly, it’s wise to draw up a realistic budget that won’t have you stretching your means and getting carried away. Once you’re set on this, think about the scope of your project – whether you want a complete interior overhaul or simply wish to refurbish a couple of the dullest rooms in the house – and start thinking about how much work your plan will require.
  • Choosing an interior designer – secondly, you’ll need to decide if you are going to hire from within a company or look for an independent, freelance designer. The former usually comes with good references and is more liable for the quality of work they put in, but the latter might be more reliable (they will probably have less commitments to other jobs) and be able to fit their hours around your schedule – so think carefully about what best suits you.
  • Get some inspiration – sensible and extensive preparation for the arrival of your interior designer might also help you save money. To get your ideas flowing you should look through household magazines, or visit showrooms and think about your own personal preferences in colour, pattern, fabric and styles and what is best suited to the atmosphere of your home. That way you can set out your vision clearly and firmly and the designer can get on with their work straight away rather than spend costly time talking ‘ideas’.
  • Collect samples you will be paying for all the materials used as well, so it’s helpful to have examples of colours and fabrics you like before the initial meeting to avoid any unwanted purchases of items or paints you find too garish or unsuitable for your refurbishment.
  • Fee or commission – finally, think carefully about whether to opt for a designer who works for a fixed final fee or one that works on hourly rates of commission. Although the former offers security and involves a one-off payment which rarely involves any extra costs, the latter can keep the designer more interested and motivated in your project – and if necessary can be readjusted to suit your budget.

Working with an interior designer

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Co-operation between you and your interior designer is the key to a successful home refurbishment, so don’t be shy about making the terms and conditions of the project completely clear from the start. Make sure the designer understands your goals and is willing to listen to your own opinions and input as the project progresses. If you think you have found the right person for the job, look over their portfolios, check references, and ask if there are any local buildings or restaurants they might have worked on that you can take a look at.

How much does hiring an interior designer cost?

Most importantly, however, you must draw up a clear and concise contract which clearly stipulates the cost of your project. A simple refurbishment of a small room can cost anywhere between £500 and £2,000, but larger projects that may involve extensive construction work can easily escalate into the region of £8,000-12,000. If you are hiring an interior designer at an hourly rate, somewhere between £35 to £80 per hour is usually considered fairly reasonable; a more recognisable and upmarket interior designer can, however, cost up to £300 per hour, not including material and labour costs. As long as you are working within budget you should be well on your way to a trendy and stylish new home, one that’s sure to be the talking point among friends and relatives and keep you happy and content for years to come.

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