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What do interior designers do?

Interior designers do much more than pick complementary paint colors and choose matching furniture — although those tasks are important parts of the job. Unlike decorators, interior designers usually have an associate of science degree or certificate of achievement in interior design from an accredited program. They’re trained in drafting, lighting and computer aided design (CAD), and are experts in room-specific design and residential space planning. Interior designers use these skills to plan and design safe, highly functional and beautiful interior spaces, from kitchens and bathrooms to family rooms and bedrooms. They determine space requirements, work within building codes and inspection regulations, and meet accessibility standards. An interior designer’s day-to-day job includes creative and technical tasks, both of which often require great communication skills:

  • Creating model rooms and visuals using design software.
  • Researching different textiles, materials, finishes, lighting and furniture.
  • Hiring suppliers, vendors, and contractors.
  • Estimating costs and making bids on potential jobs.

What’s the difference between an interior designer and an interior decorator?

Interior designers operate more on the architectural side of building projects. In conjunction with architects, they work on the design of a building or home to best suit the needs of the users or residents. Interior designers are generally experienced in construction and understand how architectural planning works, according to NewSchool of Architecture & Design. And some interior designers will perform the duties of an interior decorator.

Interior decorators, on the other hand, work with fabrics, accessories, furniture, art, colors, textures and materials to make the inside look fashionable and pleasant.

How do you find a good interior designer?

For many homeowners, the difference between a good interior designer and a bad one is simply a matter of taste — but all good designers have similar skill sets. Interior designers usually have a degree or certificate in interior design, with training in design principles and lighting, drafting, and computer aided design (CAD) software. Good interior designers have strong color balancing skills and understand how different colors influence spatial perception and moods. They know the building and electrical codes in the areas where they practice, and they make sure that any contractors they hire also work to those codes. They are knowledgeable about different upholstery fabrics and draperies, stay ahead of residential design trends, and maintain their own individual creativity. Also, good interior designers have excellent space designing skills, so they can arrange a space efficiently and with ideal traffic flow. Ultimately, hiring a good interior designer means pinpointing one whose signature style is complementary to your personal style — so checking out many designers’ portfolios is a must — and whose communication methods match yours.

How much do interior designers charge?

You can hire an interior design for a job as basic as a one-room consultation or as complex as supervising the design of an entire new home, helping with space planning, choosing color palettes, and shopping for furniture, flooring and artwork. The size and scope of the job will determine how much an interior designer charges; the average national cost for an interior designer ranges from $75 to $100 or more per hour. Other cost factors include the person’s reputation — interior designers to the stars are usually more expensive — and region. Most interior designers charge an average of $100-$225 for an initial consultation, but some will charge an hourly rate, usually starting at an average of $50, for larger projects that require extensive consultations. Hourly rates may be available for smaller projects, such as redecorating a living room or staging a home for sale; for instance, shopping and consulting can cost an average of $75 to $100 per hour, while staging costs and average $95 per hour. For many homeowners, a percentage of an interior designer’s cost is recouped through the professional discounts they receive from their vendors.

How do you choose an interior designer?

Choosing an interior designer is all about finding one whose signature style fits well with your tastes and who can work within your budget. To choose the right professional for your interior design project, ask yourself these five questions:

  • What is your signature style? Good interior designers can both describe their personal aesthetic and demonstrate their signature style through their portfolios. Make sure it appeals to you.
  • How will you make sure the design fits my lifestyle? Good designers understand that the interior design must improve a homeowner’s experience in their home and fit into their lifestyle; for example, a white suede sofa is a poor choice for a family with large dogs and small children.
  • How much do you charge? Depending on the project, an interior designer may charge an hourly rate, a flat fee or a percentage of the project’s total cost.
  • How will you stick to my budget? An interior designer should have a plan for staying within your budget, which includes full transparency of costs and flexibility when choosing materials and furnishings.  

Because an interior design project is highly collaborative and based on hard-to-define personal preferences, it’s most important to choose a designer who communicates clearly and listens closely to you.

Reviews for Scottsdale interior designers
Thumbtack Customer
Highly recommend Cristi for interior design. I needed to update a Pediatric dental office I recently purchased in Scottsdale. Cristi helped guide my vision from design to colors to layout to furniture and art. She was easy to work with, flexible and easy to reach. She was prompt and quickly responded when needed. She also followed up to keep me on track with my goals and deadline. She gave several options in design with an innovative perspective. I receive compliments everyday about the updated clinic. Extremely happy to have worked with CrIsti.
Cristi Valimaki InteriorsCristi Valimaki Interiors
Thumbtack Customer
Pleasant individual, but unfortunately not what I would consider professional. I have a 2 bedroom apt that I needed furnished and she was able to get a couch, chair/ottoman, coffee table, and lamp for the living room. She also furnished one of the bathrooms. Unfortunately, this all took 3 months to finish and ended up costing me $2000. Communication was brutal and ended up letting her go. Like other people had mentioned, it sounds like she has a few personal issues that are going on now which might be preventing her from performing up to par. I would strongly recommend another interior decorator or most of the nicer stores in Phoenix/Scottsdale have designers you can use in house.
Jill Stein DesignJill Stein Design
Rochelle M.
My wife and I live in Portland, Oregon and bought a home in Scottsdale, Arizona. We searched for interior designers and narrowed it down to 3. We choose Tamara and Torri because of their great reviews and our belief that two experts are better than one. We made a very smart choice. While still in Portland, we gave the ladies access to our Scottsdale home and they went to work. By time we arrived a month later, the walls were freshly painted, carpet was put in a couple bedrooms, furniture was ordered, new lighting was installed and more. These ladies work exceptionally well as a team, know their craft, have great communication skills and work ethics. They truly put their hearts into everything they do. They have also assembled a solid team of contractors who are also exceptional at their craft. My wife and I could not be more pleased. We hit a home run with both Tamara and Torri and give them our highest recommendation.
The Design GroupThe Design Group
Marje K.
Stacy Polich, who responded in a timely manner, separated herself from the rest of the applicants by showing her passion for the project! Although the property is not yet in escrow, visiting the property personally became important to Stacy! So without any prompting from me, Stacy decided to make an appointment to see the home in order to get a better grasp of not only possibilities, but budget as well! Some might call this insanity, since as her client, I live in California, and our project is in her state of Arizona! But Stacy immediately knew the importance of getting details of the property together so final decisions could be made by both buyer and seller! It is a huge decision to move from one state to another, and now I feel more confident about my buying decision! It is my opinion that if you are buying a serious piece of property out of state, a professional interior designer can make the difference in not only your ultimate decision, but can actually help facilitate all the final decisions! With Stacy's help, I will not be purchasing the property "blind" but will know exactly what has to be done to make this my dream property! So in my view, I found a firm who obviously is not afraid to "think outside the box!" What a wonderful find! I can count on Stacy's professional opinions to help me make that final "big purchase!" I don't see how I could do it without her!! So thank you, Stacy!!
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