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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 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.

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.

Reviews for Sandy Springs interior designers
Eric S.
Shar is a great Interior Designer and she has wonderful vision. We have enjoyed working with her and her skills are top notch.
iMod DesigniMod Design
Liz H.
We are so glad we booked Keri for our interior design project. She is thorough, professional and so responsive. Plus her designs were great too. We will definitely be engaging her again to help us with future projects.
Enchanting Interior ArchitectureEnchanting Interior Architecture
Thumbtack Customer
Tonya is extremely creative, organized and professional. A joy to work with and she made my interior design vision for my home into a realty. She also did an amazing job organizing my closet and kitchen and cleaned up all the clutter to make my house much more manageable. I would highly recommend her over any of the big interior design firms as her fees are very fair and reasonable. Worth every dollar if not more :-)
tonya williamstonya williams
Rachel L.
I have received many quotes and I decided to work with imod Interior Design. Shar is just wonderful to work with, very easy to communicate, very flexible and really listen to what we need.
iMod DesigniMod Design
Maureen P.
I was really excited to hire an interior designer to assist in decorating my foyer and living room area in my condo. It just wasn’t the experience I was expecting. She recommended vendors that she insisted would cover her design fee with the discount they would give me as her client, but ended up being nearly 30% more expensive than multiple quotes I received from other businesses. I felt like I wasn’t being heard when I explained about having pets and kids in the home and getting furniture that could withstand the test of time with them. It seem like it was more about pushing her vendors and the kickbacks she might receive from them. Renderings we’re an additional $300 fee just to have visuals of what the furniture would look like in my home. As a joke, a friend of mine signed me up for just to see what online interior designers would recommend.It only cost $100 but I was thrilled with the results. Do yourself a favor and spend $100 first with an online interior design company before you spend thousands with a face-to-face one.
NF DesignNF Design
Ameetav N.
Jeannelly is amazing!!! We hired her for an interior design consultation and she blew us away with fresh ideas on accent colors/color coordination, furniture ideas/placement, accessories, textures, etc. She is very personable and professional and her advice and suggestions were spot on. We would have been totally lost without her! We are excited to implement her design recommendations. Would highly recommend her to anyone. Thanks Jeannelly.
Ivyleaf Interior DecorIvyleaf Interior Decor
Ashley G.
Where do I start with Lyndsi?? Let’s just say my experience with her has been nothing short of helpful and amazing! Never in a million years would I have thought that I would hire an interior designer for our home. This is because when I think about an interior designer, I think about how expensive it probably is. With Lyndsi, her pricing is extremely fair. She is honest with knowing upfront what your budget is not just for the rooms you want designed, but makes a point to know the actual interior designer budget so there is NO confusion in pricing. She stays within your budget and takes all the hassle out of you searching the internet for hours, reading a million reviews, just to order a rug you end up not liking and returning. She’ll use whatever pieces you already have and repurpose them if you would like. She’s knowledgeable about knowing where to save money and when it’s worth it to splurge on a statement piece or design project. She even recommends contractors and helps mitigate projects/renovations from the design end for you but also with you. Lyndsi also makes herself available for questions at all times (even when she’s on her vacation!). Even with little things (i.e. styling pillows). With all this being said, I couldn’t feel more lucky that Lyndsi has been able to help us make our new house feel a home and pull it all together! She’s saved me so much money and time at the end of the day! I haven’t had to waste multiple days and time surfing the web, making returns, etc. all thanks to Lyndsi. I couldn’t recommend her more!
Lyndsi HawkinsLyndsi Hawkins
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