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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 San Jose interior designers
Taylor D.
Copper + Cloth exceeded my expectations. I didn't have an exact vision for the design of my home office and bedroom, but Laury brought it to life for me. I was worried that my budget would not allow for beautiful design, but Laury was flexible and found solutions to these concerns. I am thrilled with her work overall, and am planning to use her services for other rooms in my house. I recommend Copper + Cloth interior design services to anyone looking for interior design and staging help!
Copper + ClothCopper + Cloth
Justin M.
I saw her reviews, so I assumed she would be good, but working with Neka has been amazing. I was looking for an interior designer to redesign my living room and foyer. Neka quickly understood what I was looking for, came up with a layout that was perfect for the space, and picked out pieces within my budget. I will definitely be working with her again, and I highly recommend her for interior design projects.
Neka design studioNeka design studio
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Sometimes, chance encounters turn into the best decisions one has ever taken in their lives. And I count meeting Rati as one of them! We had just bought a new home, and were looking to hire an interior designer. We were first-time home buyers, with a very limited idea of what interior design involves. Rati has a very clear thought process, and she is very good at understanding what you want - sometimes, you yourself might not know what you really want, but she can gauge it! We were very clear that we wanted a modern theme for our home, with a lot of greys and whites. She explained all of the routes we could take, and was very patient whenever we showered her with our unending list of questions. We also had significant remodeling done in our home, and she took care of everything. It was not a smooth process - as remodeling projects seldom are - but she was always there to support us along the way. Rati is very competent at what she does. She always has her eye on the big picture, and is adept at visualizing how different components of your home will finally look together. There were a lot of suggestions which she made that we were initially sceptical about, but eventually, we were more than happy with the end result. She has a great eye for detail, and always finds unique accessories for your space - something we really came to appreciate. Rati was involved in every step of the interior designing process - right from conceptualization, to picking a color scheme, designing the bathrooms and the kitchen, selecting furniture, right down to picking the right accessories for our home. And she delivered on every front. We have received so many compliments from everyone who has visited our place! A final word about pricing - her rates are competitive, and very reasonable. Also, she keeps your budget in mind while designing the overall space for your home. If you're thinking about interior decoration, you will not find anyone more talented, hard working, and honest! I absolutely recommend her - do not hesitate in hiring her - you'll be glad you did! Thank you so much Rati for making our house a beautiful home that really represents us!
DekoRati InteriorsDekoRati Interiors
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