Should you work with an interior designer?

Creating a home you love and are proud of is what many people want.
But not everyone has the eye or talent or even time to do all the work themselves.

Because let’s be honest, designing a space, any space, is time consuming.
And it can become frustrating, too.
Planning the best layout, visualising everything before making changes, sourcing every single piece of furniture and decor is not an easy (or quick) task.
And that’s ok, homes should be created over time.

But what if you don’t have the time?
That’s when I strongly recommend you consider working with an Interior Designer.
They’ll do all the work for you, from planning to sourcing (and sometimes even implementing and styling).

But how does this process work?
Where do you find someone who gets your style and who you vibe with?
And how much does this all cost?

Well, let’s have a look.

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Should you work with an interior designer

Hi, I’m Nadine

Interior design expert, globetrotter and the creative mind behind this blog and NH.DESIGN.

I’m originally from Germany but have been living abroad for over 10 years, from Canada and the UK to Sweden.

So I ask myself the question what “home” means every day.
I have made it my mission to help as many people as possible to find their own answer to this.

Join my creative world on Instagram @nhdotdesign or find out more about me

Why should I hire an Interior Designer?

One of the first questions people often ask is why they should hire a designer. They think designing a space is something they can do themselves, and they sure can. But what most people don’t consider is the amount of time, effort and money that goes into planning, designing and sourcing furniture and accessories for a room.

So let’s break this down:

Imagine you want to change your living room (I’m purposely choosing a room that’s not too technical, like a kitchen would be). You want to renovate the space completely, including flooring, paint, furnishings, light fixtures, textiles…the whole lot.

The first hurdle is to even know what look you want. For this you can browse through Instagram and Pinterest, magazines, check out designer blogs like Studio McGee or Amber or Pure Salt Interiors. That research for inspiration can take hours, if not days or weeks (depending on how decisive you are).

Once you know what look and feel you’re going for you could just copy and paste something you like, right? Nope, because every space is different and the people who live in it have different needs. Just because a paint colour looks good in someone else’s home doesn’t mean it will in yours. And just because the flooring or furnishings look great in someone else’s space doesn’t mean they will in yours. So you’ll have to find your own flooring and paint colours, which means more research and a lot of sample ordering and testing. Again, this takes time, money and effort.

At this point, an Interior Designer would likely already have a Design Concept for you including materials and finishes. Why? Because they have years of experience, have worked on dozens if not hundreds of homes and simply know through that experience what works and what doesn’t.

So if you’re taking these examples through every step of the design process you can easily see why working with a designer is a good idea.

Nadine, founder of Malmö-based interior design studio NH.DESIGN.

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    When should I hire an Interior Designer?

    There’s a time and place for everything, including working with a designer.
    If you just want to change your wall colour or create an accent wall you may not want to, or need to, spend time and money on hiring a designer.

    But if you want to make more substantial changes in your home, like painting the whole room, replacing furniture and lighting, then it’s a good idea to get some help.
    Especially for larger renovations it’s a good idea to work with an expert.
    Not only will they be able to guide you through the process and answer your questions along the way, they’ll also be able to take (most of) the work off you and coordinate everything.

    Some designers, like myself, even offer a type of brainstorming or trouble-shooting call or consultation to help you structure your ideas and get you started. Because sometimes people are just overwhelmed by ideas or need a little reassurance that their plans will work out.
    They just want some help from an expert to make sure they’re on the right track, and that’s fine, too.

    Nadine, founder of Malmö-based interior design studio NH.DESIGN.

    Design Consultation

    Ask a Designer

    Need help putting the finishing touches onto your home?

    During this 1 hour virtual Design Consultation you get my expert advice on your specific interior challenge.
    From finding the best layout, choosing the right colours to solving storage problems and styling tips – ask me anything!

    How much does it cost working with an Interior Designer?

    Another question that’s asked a lot is how much it costs to hire an Interior Designer.
    That’s not a question that can be easily answered because design, like every other service-based job, depends on a lot of factors.

    Where you live will impact the cost of working with a designer just as much as how much experience they have, if you’re looking for high-end furnishings and materials and of course what your budget is.

    The way of working with designers is also different from designer to designer.
    Some offer a complimentary first consultation, some don’t.
    Some charge by hour, some by square metres.

    None of this is right or wrong, it’s simply variations you need to decide for yourself what you’re looking for.

    The one, most important, thing to keep in mind is that interior design is not a cheap service.
    Yes, you can get more budget-friendly options with larger companies like Modsy or even IKEA, but remember that you’ll get what you pay for.

    If you want to have a personalised, bespoke solution and great 1-on-1 experience, companies that churn out one client after another won’t get you that.

    Do your research, decide what you want to and can comfortably spend on working with a designer and go from there.

    Also keep in mind the costs for the actual renovation itself. Get an idea of how much to budget per room here.

    Is it worth it hiring an Interior Designer?

    A lot of people wonder whether it’s worth hiring an Interior Designer, and the answer to that is YES.

    And I don’t just say that because I’m a designer myself.
    I say it because in my 12+ years as a designer I’ve had so many people tell me how (surprisingly) easy the process was, how much they appreciated being able to ask all their questions and get professional answers and advice, and how much time and money they saved by knowing exactly what to buy and do.

    And if you don’t believe me, just see what some of my clients are saying.

    I contacted Nadine to remodel our kitchen. Since we have an open floor plan, struggled to agree on a kitchen both of us would like, and which would fit into the rest of our home, Nadine came to our rescue! We got a few different designs, and she helped us solving the storage solution too. The kitchen is so insanely beautiful and we have more storage now than before! I would recommend Nadine for a great experience. She is amazing!
    Kitchen Renovation
    "Thank you so incredibly much! Me and my family are in love with your plans. You were definitely born to do this. I can't thank you enough."
    3D IKEA kitchen rendering by
    Kitchen Design
    "I am so INSPIRED looking at the space! So many great suggestions that I would never been able to think about. Thank you for making me feel safe with your expertise, knowledge and inspiration!"
    Open space commercial interior design of a yoga studio.
    Yoga Studio Design
    “Nadine is so sweet and easy to work with. She took a long time with me in our initial consultation to be very detailed and thorough which I appreciated, and offered great design feedback along the way. I could tell she wanted to make sure it was just right. My kitchen and office 3D renderings came out just as I would have hoped! Very happy with my experience.”
    3D renderings of a home office done by
    Kitchen & Home Office Design

    How do I find the right Designer?

    The last important question is how to find the right Interior Designer for your project.
    There are so many talented designers out there that it might be hard to choose.

    First of all, let me tell you that there are different kinds of design services you can choose from so the first thing to do is ask yourself how you want to work with a designer.

    In-person or virtually?
    Do you want them to coordinate the whole project start to finish or do you just want to pick their brains a little?
    What kind of service do you want or need?

    Based on these answers you can start looking for the right designer.
    But of course it’s not just about finding someone who offers the services you want, it’s also about finding a person you trust, feel comfortable with and are confident that they’ll deliver on your vision.

    So have a look at their portfolios, website and Instagram feeds to see their style and get to know a little more about their personalities and ways of working. 

    And remember, you might have to reach out and talk to a few different designers to find the right fit for you.

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