One thing that confuses this slightly is curtain making and upholstery, so let me clarify. Interior designers can often provide an upholstery, furniture, or curtain-making service as part of their internal design service. Installing curtains and upholstering are trades that tradesmen or interior designers could undertake. These are often niche services that an interior designer provides; indeed, many interior designers outsource this even if they offer it.
A little more clarification is also required with interior styling and home staging as these are often all-inclusive services that interior designers provide, including fitting window furnishings and installing furniture. However, an interior stager and an interior stylist have special functions that focus on specific niches in the interior design industry. If you need clarification on the difference, read our post here: Interior Designer, Interior Stylist, Interior Decorator, Interior Architect. What’s the difference?
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Interior designers help clients express and clarify their feelings and hope to achieve their projects. Each project needs to start with a brief, and without a solid brief, interior designers and clients are opening themselves up for an expensive, confusing, and frustrating ride.
You can barely end up with an excellent result for anything without a vision for that result. Even a pilot who flies off course usually knows where he is heading for the final destination. Having a clear picture of the outcome of your building or decorating project is essential, especially if the budget or timeline is tight.
Interior designers have the skills to make a vision come to life. Whether that is just in sight or in reality, they have the ability, experience, and tools to put your words into a conceivable project. They have special awareness and can understand the scale and composition of anything from a picture to a whole project.
It is also the interior designer’s job to help the client understand what their vision looks like and present or communicate that idea to the client in a way they know to approve the design. This is essential for any project as the interior designer’s role is to help the client see the result, often many months before it materializes in reality and usually when the client is spending money on the project. The interior designer can help the client avoid potentially costly mistakes by helping communicate design-specific decisions that a builder or client has already made.
Interior designers also have a responsibility to ensure the client clearly understands what they will end up with. Interior designers design the scheme, choose which elements are critical to the project idea to make it a success, select items that work around the timeline, deadlines, budget, and specification and ensure essential rules and regulations are adhered to while creating the vision. They know the parameters, understand the rules, and have the skills to make the dream a reality. More goes into designing or creating space than one might think!
While adhering to design and building codes, rules, and regulations and keeping the client’s vision, budget, and timeline in mind, interior designers choose and design every detail and item to create the result. They may even need to invent, design and build bespoke pieces to ensure the result is achieved.
When hiring an interior designer for a project that is slightly more detailed or complex, it is this service that you are truly paying for. To accurately communicate how to build the result, interior designers have to create an enormous amount of documentation to make sure that what gets produced by the builder is communicated clearly and without mistakes.
If there is a mistake, the builder can claim expenses (rightfully so), and more often than not, the client must pay to fix the “mistake.” That is why interior designers put a lot of effort and thought into providing accurate information for tradesmen and can help a project run smoothly.
On a medium to large project, an interior designer will often oversee the project and undertake weekly (or as agreed) site meetings with the builder and client to ensure the project is as per the documentation and is on track with the overall design intent.
As this is often time-consuming and costly for the interior designer, smaller projects don’t include project management unless the fee is appropriate.
The result is what the client has been waiting for, and the interior designer has had to hold that vision for the whole team throughout the project. The finishing touches, however, can also be undertaken by the interior designer and often are because the styling of the final space can make a massive difference to the success of the client visualizing the result.
An interior designer is a multi-skilled person who can offer a broad range of services from start to finish a project. Contact sampada creations for the best and most affordable interior designers in Bangalore.