Are you considering enlisting the help of an interior designer but wondering... Is it worth it?

Designers create a fine-tuned roadmap of every detail of your project, from space planning, lighting plans, finish and hardware choices, and of course furniture selections. It’s a designer’s job to listen to what you want your space to look and feel like, and to determine how to increase the space’s functionality to best meet your needs.

A good interior designer takes you directly to quality resources, saving you time and effort researching products. Interior designers are intimately familiar with many brands across various price brackets, and can help you choose finishes, fixtures, or furniture that are just right for your needs. With access to so many sources that are “to the trade” only, they can help you to create a space with a more unique look and feel than you could achieve on your own.

An interior designer is your best recommendation resource. Designers already have relationships with architects, builders, landscapers, and the people in other skilled trades who specialize in what you need. Because of those trusted relationships, it’s easy for designers to direct you to the right people and facilitate the job. They already know who does good work, so you don’t have to waste time trying to find out on your own.

In every project there are a million little decisions to make. You may have chosen tile, but a designer knows where the tile should start and stop, how it should be laid out, how it will be finished at the ends, what grout to use, and how the placement of tile affects other choices like lighting fixtures and switches. A designer will help you to plan for a multitude of decisions so that all the pieces work together seamlessly. This upfront planning also helps to prevent confusion.

Interior designers are multi-faceted project managers, skilled in keeping an eye on the smallest of details while also minding the big picture. They work closely with architects and general contractors, answering questions, making decisions, and advocating on your behalf when you’re unavailable. Your designer is your boots on the ground and your eyes on the project at all times.

A well-appointed, well-designed home is always going to increase the value of your home when you decide that it’s time to sell.

If you are about to build a home, remodel a home, or just redecorate, don’t overlook the value of an interior designer. Hiring a professional who has the tools and experience will help you to have a smoother experience, save you time, help to prevent costly mistakes, and ultimately create a space that is unique to your lifestyle.

Chandler Prewitt Design is a full-service interior design firm serving Santa Fe and the surrounding areas (chandlerprewitt.com)

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