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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 Sawtelle interior designers
Jeanette C.
Ranj is a pro Interior Designer. She helped me with the selection of tables, lamps, and rugs in my home. Her guidance and expertise were invaluable in helping me create beautiful rooms in. new home. Jeanette C.
Design by RanjDesign by Ranj
Rochelle R.
Lena is knowledgeable in architecture & interior design. She provided me with several options for various design issues that we would face. Lena is courteous and friendly and appears to have a good work ethic, which is important. Unfortunately, life throws unexpected curve balls at you and I was unable to proceed with the project. However, I will contact her when I am ready to proceed.
Palin N.
Ariana was wonderful. Very decisive and helpful with helping us make the final decision of our flooring choices, and then helping us pick paint colors to go with them. Highly recommend her to anyone looking for a v helpful and discerning eye for interior design.
Ariana LaRae DesignsAriana LaRae Designs
Thumbtack Customer
Hind was such a pleasure to work with! She helped me with an almost impossible problem. I would definitely recommend her to anyone looking for some interior design help and can't wait to use her again in the future! Thank you SO much Hind!
Hindi'z DesignHindi'z Design
Thumbtack Customer
I met with Christine for interior design work and was incredibly impressed. She has a wonderful sense of style and was able to capture my personality perfectly with her design recommendations. She has an attention to detail and was very generous with her time -- coming over multiple times to ensure the items were just right. She acted like it was more than just a "design job" but really important to her that I was pleased with the transformation. She is a wonderful decorator and I highly recommend her!!!! She is also a jack of all trades and even acted as a handy-man to remove chair cushions to take for upholstery and install a new light fixture!
Sammi A.
I am very pleased with Victoria's work. She listened to what I wanted and presented me with options beyond my imagination. She understood exactly what I was looking for and was very responsive and resourceful. We worked on the project in a timely manner. Would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a great, professional, punctual and cheerful interior designer. Thank you Victoria.
Sound of HomeSound of Home
Thumbtack Customer
Debby and Christine did a fabulous job transforming my office. I wanted to create a space that was warm, safe and comfortable. They produced creative results that I am completely enjoying. They are dedicated, hard-working and committed to their work. They are flexible and communication is smooth. I like their flair. I highly recommend Debby and Christine to anyone who is seeking professional, thoughtful, and creative interior designers.
Creative Spaces Interior Design, Inc.Creative Spaces Interior Design, Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
After owning my home for about 35 - it was time for a major overhaul. I also wanted to add an addition over my garage that included a new bedroom and to move a bathroom and laundry space that was in the original first floor so I could re-do the first floor as a completely open plan space. I was fortunate to find Debby and Creative Spaces Interior Design to work with me on this extensive (and often exhausting) project. Debby oversaw and project managed the entire renovation and addition and was involved in every detail. Her great taste, organizational skills and financial management throughout an 18 month project were invaluable to the final results and to the level of satisfaction that I have with my "new" home. She was not only a terrific partner with wonderful taste but was critical in finding the contractor, custom furniture makers, and other artisans that were needed to get this done. I would recommend Debby to anyone needing similar work done. She was not only consistantly fun, tasteful and a put joy to work with but I believe we will remain friend long after I have resettled back in my home.
Creative Spaces Interior Design, Inc.Creative Spaces Interior Design, Inc.
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