You’ve bought the magazines. Browsed Pinterest and Instagram. Wandered the aisles of your favourite stores. But for some reason – despite your knowledge and love of great design – it’s just not coming together in your home. Sound familiar?
It’s a challenge our clients often come to us with. They have an idea where they’re going, but they’re just not sure how to get there. And the confusion soon spirals, making a creative process that should be fun, feel totally overwhelming.
Whether you’re looking to sell your home or make more of the space you have, bringing an interior designer on board can change the game. And it’s not the exclusive, drawn-out process, reserved for only the richest, that it once was. From space planning and furniture layouts to paint colours and fabric selection, an interior designer can help bring your project to life – in a way that suits you, your aspirations and your budget.
If you’re still wondering whether an interior designer is right for you, here are our top five reasons to bring in the professionals.
1. To make market impact
If you’re anything like the members of the RoomLab team, Netflix’s Selling Sunset is a not-so-secret, guilty pleasure. This over-the-top reality show may be at the extreme end of the real estate spectrum, but it’s actually really common in the US to ‘stage’ homes before selling or renting them out. In fact, it’s a prerequisite for listing in many parts. This doesn’t mean following in the stilettoed footsteps of the LA realtors – emptying your home entirely and starting again with rented pieces from scratch – but some judicious design decisions can go a long way in improving your market prospects.
An interior designer will know how to light the space to its full potential. Which personal items enhance the feel – and which are better tucked away. They can guide you and your agent through the best angles to capture marketing photography and create that pulled-together look that will pull prospective buyers through the door.
2. To gain a fresh perspective
Our homes are full of memories, personal experiences and treasured objects. And sometimes it takes a fresh pair of eyes to identify the potential of a room, the quirks that enhance it – and those that don’t. Along with expertise and imagination, a designer can bring in some much-needed perspective. Working with you objectively to deliver creative solutions that help you sort through the ideas (and pieces) that will really work for your space.
Particularly when considering a room that serves multiple family members, an interior designer will bring much-needed neutrality to help navigate those ongoing sticking points – like whether that dated heirloom from a distant relative really needs to stay!
3. To balance function and form
With inspiration on tap (hello social media) it’s easy to get drawn down into a rabbit hole of must-try trends, colours and fads that seem to refresh by the minute. The overwhelming result of all this visual stimulation is that we can lose sight of what our space needs to do, day to day.
Interior designers are trained to take a brief and then interrogate it – listening and looking for clues that reveal the substance under the style. Of course the final look matters, but from initial discussions on aesthetics and goals to the final execution, a designer will help ensure your space functions too – both today, and tomorrow.
4. To access our little black book
If you bring an interior designer on board for one reason alone, it should be this. And it’s one of the first questions you should ask when you’re looking for a design partner. We’ve spent years building up a list of trusted brands, craftsmen and artisans, and have intimate knowledge of the industry trends, design hacks and supplier secrets to help clients avoid costly mistakes – whether that’s a bad-quality purchase or a rogue trader.
An interior designer will know where to source original pieces that will complement your space. Who can pull together the best curtains without costing the earth. What’s best to source new, and where vintage will work wonders. Or which brands have a supply chain that really matches their sustainability credentials. The result is a room that is totally unique, filled with pieces carefully sourced for you, from the finest makers and creators across the country. Better still – if your design team manage the ordering and logistics for you, that’s one more thing you don’t have to worry about.
5. To get it right, first time
So often, clients come to us after wrangling with a space for months, even years. And all that time comes at a great cost, both emotionally and financially. The beauty of an interior designer – and something that’s hard to place a value on – is the peace of mind they can deliver. Knowing that your design will be well-considered, work for your needs, meet your budget and deliver knock-out results, first time.
It’s something we strive for in all of our projects. That moment when a client lets out a sigh of relief and smiles when they walk into a room, that for so long has felt like an albatross around the neck.
So there you have it – our five top reasons to think about bringing an interior designer on board. But the list goes on, and with RoomLab you gain all the benefits of a dedicated design team, without the hassle of finding and hiring your own. We even assign a project manager to work with you from start to finish.
Our services are divided into clear, accessible packages that cater for a variety of budgets and ensure your project spend stays on track. We can work on creating a space from scratch, or incorporating your existing pieces. And we’ll source, store, deliver and install your new items for a complete, end-to-end experience.
In short, we’re a one-stop-shop for the design-inspired yet frustrated, helping to make the process as easy and enjoyable as it should be. Ready to get started? Explore our services here, or hear from some of our happy clients on Trust Pilot.