Starting a renovation without an adequate interior design blueprint is like starting a business without a marketing plan; both can yield wasted efforts and expense.
But the truth is, when you Google “best interior design” you get one hundred ways to update your home with trendy décor or do creative flower arrangements, and a bunch of photos of homes that are cool, but not realistic for your city or lifestyle.
In the world of DESIGN, the spectrum of what interior design professionals can do is wide and can be confusing. There are many branches of interior design, and niches to appreciate, including home staging, choosing furniture and new colour schemes; however, it’s a common occurrence for home owners to find themselves in a renovation or new build situation with an interior designer who is in over their head.
To find the right interior design professional,
ask yourself the following:
1. What is the scope of my work? Am I redesigning an ensuite bathroom or kitchen, or looking to turn my living room into a library?
2. Do I require someone to help me with an updated paint colour? For example, if I change the colour in the kitchen, do I have to change the colour in the adjacent living room?
3. Do I need structural work done? For example, do I want to relocate a wall?
4. Do I need help space planning furniture? Do I want to transform my dining room into a more functional entertaining space for guests and family.
5. Am I building an entirely new home? Self explanatory.
Professionals who help their clients change the paint colour/colour scheme, buy furniture, stage their home have different skills than an interior designer who is coordinating a construction site. If you are building a new home/infill, renovating your existing home, remodeling your existing home, consider the following definition of interior design.
At Revolving Rooms, we define Interior Design as:
The marrying of construction elements and interior functionality.
Interior Design is not only about the materials and textures that are “visual” in a space, but it is the foundation and “guts” of what it took to get those textures/features to look amazing. We get it, not everyone has an appreciation for lumber and electrical and all the unseen elements of what make a new build or renovation great, but it’s easy to forget just how important they are to the final outcome.
There are all different types of certification for interior designers, and many different niches that are born of the same education. Some of the interior design professionals you run into will have Interior Design Technology (IDT) training where they have learned how technical (fitting the measurements of the dream shower into the renovated ensuite), functional (making sure the dream shower fits the purpose, and that the client doesn’t have to turn sideways to exit), and aesthetic aspects (tile texture, colour scheme, and plumbing fittings) come together in a home or commercial environment.
That IDT training gives interior designers a better understanding of the construction environment and the “guts” of a project. Aside from education and certification, years of experience and project portfolios are other ways to distinguish one interior designer from another.
An interior designer needs to know how the space will function to ensure the materials used in the construction process are adequate.
Interior selections are selected with certain function and end-user in mind. For example, the subfloor in a bathroom will dictate what kind of tile can be used; the placement of pot lights in the kitchen will determine how a space is lit and whether the desired ambiance is created.
Interior designers, like us, who work alongside a construction/general contractor team are lucky enough to have all trades at our fingertips. When we present a plan to our clients, for example, for the installation of that dream shower, we draft a floor plan, then run upstairs to consult with our amazing plumber, Wayne, who will talk it out and make us look brilliant when we present a solid plan to the client that has taken all aspects of interior design and construction into consideration.
Interior Design aspects and Construction requirements MUST communicate at all times throughout the renovation process.
Ever been inside a home where the layout didn’t flow or make sense? Likely, the designer behind the renovation or remodel wasn’t thinking about moving in. At Revolving Rooms we think about moving in, ALWAYS.
That’s how we guarantee you will want to when we hand over the keys!
If you have any questions about how to hire the right interior designer for your home renovation or infill, please contact us!