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Find an interior designer near Fort Lauderdale, FL

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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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Fort Lauderdale interior designers
Steffi P.
This was the first time I heard interior designer. We needed help with room dimensions in between the drawings and the feedback we were able to move forward on furniture, rug and other items for our living room. Highly recommend
MWS Interior DesignMWS Interior Design
Rainbow S.
As an assistant to an interior designer I knew Andrew’s work professionally. So when it came around to doing my own renovation and design, even though I work in the field, I knew I wanted to work with him. His knowledge of brands and materials is excellent. He got the style I was going for right away, and made suggestions that clarified and improved on my ideas. His look is always timeless and classy with an eye on pragmatic use and comfort. He is such a pro. I can’t recommend him highly enough.
Andrew J Van EttenAndrew J Van Etten
Nick p.
My church was in desperate need of an update and after meeting with multiple contractors on our own we decided that the task needed and professional to help bring all the elements together. We had multiple designers come to our church to hear our ideas and share their vision for the changes based on our wish list and budget. Ana was the only designer that didn't just try to sell us on our own talking points to get the job, but showed us areas we had not considered as part of the renovation that could still be done on a budget. Ana took our ideas and expanded them in an amazing way that we could only have dreamed about. Ana is an Amazing Interior Designer who is professional, attentive and caring. Ana will take your budget and carefully maximize every dollar as if she were spending her own money. Ana at Oz interiors should be your first choice for any project large or small.
Oz Interior DesignsOz Interior Designs
Theresa B.
Kathy of Leone Interior has saved us from a disaster. We had 2 other designers before Kathy came along and promised to see me through the completion of the job and made it painless. The house now looks great but also functional. I told her I needed to be able to live in a gorgeous house. Mission accomplished!!
Leone Interior DesignsLeone Interior Designs
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