10 Reasons to Hire an Interior Designer

It’s been a little crazy around here lately and one of the reasons is because I just wrapped up three design jobs this week.  It’s always so gratifying when a project is complete and the vision that I originally had for a space comes to fruition.  As I finished up the final details of these latest projects, each client said (in a different way, of course) how I made them think outside the box and how the space wouldn’t be what it is without my assistance.  That surely brought a smile to my face :)

Many think, that an Interior Designer is only for the stars or the uber-wealthy.  So not true!  For many years I worked in the high-end design field, but honestly, I’d much rather assist the everyday person with making their vision a reality.  That being said, I am so thankful for what I learned when practicing high-end design because  I now know how to get that pricey look at a fraction of the cost!

As these projects are wrapping up and it’s fresh on my mind, I thought I would share a few reasons why hiring an Interior Designer is a must for anyone, with any budget!


1. Designers can save you money.  When making interior selections and decisions for one room or your entire home, it can be overwhelming and it’s possible that you’ll make purchases or choices on items that are either not worth the cost or won’t “live” for long.  With a Designers (like me) assistance, direction, and know-how, they can steer you in the right direction so the entire space can come together as a whole.  Let me ask you this – How many times have you purchased 2,3, or 4 different gallons of paint to repaint a room and you still weren’t satisfied?  Maybe once or twice??  Be honest…  With a Designers perspective, big bucks can be saved, along with the countless wasted hours.  That leads me to my next reason on why to hire a Designer…

2. Designers can save you time.  Think about all the time (and gas) wasted by buying items, not being happy with them once at home, and then returning them.  Has that happened to you once or twice?  When I work with clients, many never step foot into a store or showroom (unless they want to), because I bring samples, images, and pieces to their home.  Not bad, right?!  I’m sure the last place you want to be on a beautiful Saturday afternoon is a furniture store with 3 crying kids. I won’t even get to the point on how much time a Designer can save you with all those gallons of wrong paint.

3. Designers think outside the box and give a fresh perspective.  The mind of a Designer is simply made up differently.  We can see things that others may not and we think outside the box to provide fresh ideas and a unique perspective for a space.

4. Designers create and work within a budget. (most of the time) A good and experienced Designer will work within your budgetary means (and/or tell you up front if your scope is/isn’t possible within your budget) and make a plan before anything is purchased.

5. Designers listen.  When working with a Designer, the designs are exclusively for you and your project. I listen to my clients needs and wants to direct / assist them so the result is a space that reflects their personality and style.

6. Designers push you.  Not literally (well, some may, hehe) of course.  Designers are trained to know scale, proportion, color, size, texture, etc. so that a space is unique and personal, and not directly taken out of a catalog.  I like to introduce elements into a space that my clients wouldn’t have chosen without me.  Sometimes pushing the limits truly makes for an amazing result.

7. Space Planning.  Determining the best furniture layout for a space is critical in how the room functions and how it reads aesthetically.  When I meet with a client, we discuss the pieces that they want to repurpose or eliminate, and what needs to be added. Planning the space is HUGE (and my favorite part)!

8. Project Management.  Whether a homeowner desires a few new accessories or an entire kitchen renovation, alot of time and effort is needed for project management and coordination.

9. Designers have passion.  I live and breathe design.  From my blog to my business, design is what I know and what I do, day in and day out.  It’s not just my job, but a hobby and career that I’m truly passionate about, which is reflected in every one of my creations.

10. We have contacts. Designers have access to trade only resources that are not often available in retail stores and are often deeply discounted from retail costs.  Additionally, being in the design / building field, Designers often have formed relationships with kitchen consultants, millworkers, plumbers, electricians, etc.  We can get the right people for the job!

I hope you learned a little something, especially that working with a Designer is attainable for anyone with any space and any budget!  If you are in the market for a Designer or if reading this post peeked your need to finish up the space you’ve been working on for the last year, you can gladly take a look at the Design Services that I offer by clicking here.  I also offer E-Decorating services and can gladly assist you with a project if you live in the US.

Have you ever worked with an Interior Designer?  Have you ever thought of working with a Designer but didn’t think it was possible? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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  1. Hadassah says

    I’ve worked with 2 interior designers on 2 different occasions. I’ve learned that what you see on HGTV is totally different(shows like Design on a Dime and Decorating Cents). My budget wasn’t big enough I guess. I don’t think the ones I worked with were listening to me and kept my budget in mind and I did not continue working with them. So I need help finding one that is TRULY affordable. Any tips on finding one?

    • Jenna says

      An in-real-life designer vs. the designers that are on TV are definitely different because most of the time they don’t show the labor / fabrication costs to finish an interior space and those usually add up. But if you work with a Designer that listens to your budget and plans out the room before anything is purchased, you can absolutely stay on track. If you want a designer that lives near you, I would ask friends, look in the yellow pages or online. I offer E-Design services through my business, so let me know if you’re interested. -Jenna

  2. holly says

    We have lived in our house for 11 years and I am still trying to decorate my living room! It is very long (30ft x 13)–2 rooms actually opened up to one and between all off the doorways (arch to dining room) and radiator heating (the house was built in 1926) I find it almost impossible to make it look nice and be functional at the same time. I’ve thought about an interior designer butI never know where to find one. I am at a point now were we are having our hardwood floors redone and I want to get new furniture- but again I have no idea what to buy and where to put it. Not sure where your base is but any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

    • Jenna says

      That size space is definitely looong, but I’m sure manageable. If you’re look for assistance with your interior and how best to lay out the furniture, I can gladly help you through my E-Design services. To learn more about them, click on the link: http://www.sasinteriors.net/e-design/ -Jenna

  3. Rachel says

    I recently worked with an interior designer for the first time. I was introduced to the designer as a part of having our entire house painted. Our painter offered a one-hour color consultation with the designer. She came over and spent about 2 hours talking paint color. After I met with her, I knew I wanted to bring her back to help put everything in its place. We have been in our house for about 2 years and the style was completely different than our previous house. I had all this “stuff” and I didn’t know what to do with it. I didn’t want to start from scratch, but nothing seemed to fit. She “shopped” in my own items and decorated the house completely. In five hours ($375), she completely put everything in its place.I literally have to buy maybe $300 worth of lamps, rugs, and little things. She is going to come back in a few weeks and talk window treatments.

    I will never again waste time or money. I’ll hire a professional!

    • Jenna says

      What a great story Rachel and what you said is exactly what I try to get across to people! Thank you for summing it up from a homeowners perspective. -Jenna

  4. says

    DC student here and I am available! I am a senior at the Art Institute of Washington, pursuing my BFA in Interior Design. I am currently doing home staging and styling on the side while I attend school, and would love to speak with you! I am immediately available to anyone in the DC metro area (Northern Virginia, Montgomery/PG County too). I’d prefer not to go as far as Baltimore or Richmond.

    If you’d like to see some of my work, check out my page:http://facebook.com/katelyncoraminteriors

    Then shoot me an email so we can get together! katelyn.coram@gmail.com


  5. says

    Thanks for sharing this Jenna!
    Wow, I’m surprised by all the clients who need help but don’t know where to find it. I too offer e design services as do most decorators and of course you can always google “Affordable Decorating” and your city and see what comes up. A lot of Home Stagers offer very affordable decorating services and are used to working on a tiny budget so you can always start there.

  6. says

    I am always impressed with designers because their work never has the straight from the catalog look. It is always carefully curated together into the perfect blend of beautiful. What can take years for an individual to do on their own, they can do in weeks. Amazing.

    Great article!


  7. says

    I am thinking of renovating our house and would like to hire an interior designer as my wife’s wish to give new and attractive sight to our house, but I have no idea how much is their fee. I’d like someone who could listens as to what style that we want and would not exceed our budget. Thanks

    • Jenna says

      Finding an Interior Designer can sometimes be tricky because everyone (designers and homeowners) has different styles and tastes. Some designers have a very traditional aesthetic and others modern. Ask people / friends around your community if they know of someone who would be the right fit. Look in your local papers and/or magazines. If you like a space, check out who the designer is. Many Interior Designers also offer E-Design services (like me). If a homeowner likes my style and design approach, we can work together via email or skype to create just the space for you.

  8. Holly@homestyletips says

    Your tips are right on. I have an interior design degree and have tried to start my own business, but in my area there are not many people with money and most people think they have to be rich to have a designer. Many also believe that they can just do it themselves many of these people then ask me what they did wrong when it doesn’t work out.

    It’s always best to hire a professional even if it’s just for something small.

  9. Judy Blundell says

    Do you only work in the USA? I’ve read your article and I would like to work with a designer to decorate my new apartment but I live in Canada. Let me know if this can or cannot work. Thanks.