Q: CAN I AFFORD AN INTERIOR DESIGNER?
A: Absolutely! Industry professionals can actually save you money by having great contacts of reliable trades and suppliers they trust. Designers work hard at finding people they trust to execute work and develop longstanding relationships with these people. Design teams also can oftentimes get their clients a better deal and know of products that the general public may not know about. Not to mention an interior designer will often provide sample boards, drawings and act as a facilitator of the project reducing stress on the client.
Q: WHAT SHOULD MY BUDGET BE?
A: First things first, decide what your priorities are! Do you need construction work done, like millwork and counters, or is it more decor? Once you have the scope of the project, and a rough number in mind, chat with a designer, who are experts at breaking down that number into appropriate amounts, and they’ll be able to guide you through the process and tell you where you need to spend and where you can save to get the most bang for your buck.
Q: CAN I LIVE IN MY HOME DURING RENOVATIONS?
A: The answer to this varies depending on the scope of the project. It is extremely difficult to live through a full renovation or kitchen reno; between the dust, mess, inconvenience, and stress it is much easier to move out during the mass of the construction. If you’re updating your basement, bedroom or a bathroom, you’d likely be fine to stay in your home, but be prepared for trades showing up at 8 am to work on your home, and the drywall dust — there’s no getting around the dust.
Q: CAN I MIX AND MATCH FINISHES?
A: A concern we get from a lot of clients is whether they can mix and match finishes, and our answer is absolutely! The important thing to remember is that the style of the finishes needs to coordinate to look visually congruent; sleek satin brass cabinet hardware can look incredible with a modern black faucet and stainless appliances, as long as they are in the same style family. We would also advise that there is more than one location of that finish; if your faucet is black, pull the same black for light fixtures or furniture. This kitchen by Studio McGee is a prime example of mixing and matching finishes while keeping the space feeling naturally cohesive.
Q: HOW DO I CHOOSE WHAT FINISHES WILL BE BEST?
A: A good designer will always ask a ton of questions, some seeming more personal than others, but they’ll put together a list of family life and habits to choose the finishes, fixtures, and furniture that will best stand the test of time. Do you have pets or small children? You probably don’t want to have a floor that will dent easily or a sofa that will show fur, and marks from sticky fingers. Designers are a great resource for finding finishes that are durable, easily cleaned and still look great and will suit your desired aesthetic, and may address things you wouldn’t even think to consider.