Interior designers have super powers. Like transforming an ugly or poorly functioning space into something stylish and useful. Saving your relationship from the doom of his black leather bachelor recliner. Or simply turning a great house into your house. We spoke with interior designer and Thumbtack pro Erica Barnes to find out why and how an interior designer can make life better.
Help figuring out what to do with a small space: “Try to choose items that have a double or even triple function,” she suggests. “Can your coffee table convert to a dining table?” If you’re staring at your tiny apartment and wondering how to make it serve as a bedroom and an office and a dining room, call a professional. Most people only purchase and arrange furniture a few times in their life. An interior designer does it weekly – even daily – so they’ll have a lot more ideas on how to make your small space serve all necessary functions without tripping you on your way to the bathroom.
Help transforming a room from a graveyard of cardboard boxes and unused furniture: “Try to imagine what room you always wished you had,” says Barnes. A closet worthy of Cher Horowitz in Clueless? A game room or a sewing room? “Never be afraid to repurpose a room,” she says. “Sometimes that lovely little sitting room you never go in would be an amazing project room or a hideaway den with a cozy chair and TV just for Mom and Dad.”
Help with an unwieldy heirloom: “Maybe your grandma gave you an upright piano that has seen better days,” Barnes explains. “A designer can help you revamp and restyle it to fit you and your personality.”
Save your marriage: If your husband insists on clinging to his neon Budweiser signs and you are hell bent on skewing your decor toward adulthood, an interior designer can ease the pain. “Sometimes having that outside party can help find the compromise and shed light on the common ground.”
How to get what you want: Don’t be shy. Give your designer plenty of feedback. “A designer can help you craft an amazing space, but you need to speak up if antlers aren’t your thing or sequins make you shudder,” Barnes says. Their job is to create a space you love, but they need to know what works for you and what doesn’t.