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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 North Lauderdale interior designers
Marjorie J.
I recently hired Judith Proctor, Eye of the Designer, to redecorate our home. Judy is extremely creative with a great “design eye” and from the moment my husband and I met her we knew she was the one who would transform our house into a home we would be proud of. Judy gets me and she gets my taste. I gave her my favorite color and decor style and she worked with me on all the design details (fabric, furniture, pricing and quality). She listened to my vision of what I wanted so it was very easy for us to come together and decide on the perfect rug, furniture, light fixture, accessories, accent wall material, paint color, etc. Judy took the time to understand my needs, helped to recommend and coordinate all the trades needed, returned all of my calls and emails promptly and did an amazing job of finding unique pieces for our space. Judy used some of our existing pieces and incorporated them into the design pulling our ideas together into a cohesive plan which gave our home a polished, magazine-cover look. She has impeccable taste, an excellent eye for color, and very creative ideas to make any home beautiful and outstanding which is exactly what she has done for our home and provided excellent service all the way through. I can’t thank her enough! Judy is a pleasure to work with and makes the whole experience relaxing and fun. For all your interior design needs, contact Judith Proctor, Eye of the Designer. You will be so glad you did! Marjorie Jackson, Coral Springs, Florida
Eye of the DesignerEye of the Designer
Ed v.
Ericka is truly amazing, i came across her profile on here in this app regarding my salon renovation. She is somewhere in Miami and salon is somewhere in Margate/Coral Springs despite everything that goes on with this virus, she manage to assist me the best she could virtually. She is very responsive, she followed up and she has an idea at all times. The reason of my 4 stars is that I could not get the best of the help, because i never actually get to see her and so she could see the place layout, size etc... which made it a little difficult to be on the same page sometimes even after providing picture of my salon. But I guess i must disclose that she didn't charge me, that's how i actually know that Interior Designing is her passion. Unfortunately, I cannot find the furniture, decorative items that I needed due to everythingshut down, at this point I am just going to make it work or buy things online until further notice. Because of all that I figured that I will no longer need much of a professional help rather I'll do DIY. But she is totally worth it, HIRE her!! I know I would/will hire her for any project in the future.
Diana Alcantara Interior DesignDiana Alcantara Interior Design
Ed v.
Erica truly amazing, I came across a profile on here on this app regarding my salon renovation. She is somewhere in Miami and the salon is somewhere and margutte/Coral Springs despite everything that goes on with this virus, she managed to help me the best she could virtually. She is very responsive followed up and she always has an idea at all times. The reason of my 4 stars is that I could not get to see her she never get to see the place physically which made it a little difficult for us to be on the same page sometimes for us even after provided pictures of the layout and the size, the of the salon. I must disclose that she did not charge me, maybe I got lucky but i think she is just passionate about Interior Designing. That's how you know someone is not greedy or money hungry or maybe she just chose not to because she was far away and didn't get to deliver fully based on values, work ethics etc... Unfortunately I could not find the furnitures and the decorating items that I needed not even online, due to everything shut down. I will DIY until further notice. What she's definitely worth it HIRE her! I know I will for my future projects. These are just some pictures of BEFORE & DURING. We stuck, somewhat not done yet.
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