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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 Boston interior designers
Rema A.
Choosing Juliana for my apartment was one of the best decisions I ever made!!!! She is truly an incredible and wonderful designer, and her skill and experience are both unmatched. I appreciated her attention to detail and her passion about interior design and making my apartment finally feel like a home. She really listened to my ideas and what I was looking for, and the end result was better than anything I could have expected. She completely transformed my space. I honestly can’t thank her enough. My apartment is exactly what I’ve always wanted it to be now thanks to her, and I couldn’t have done it without her advice, vision, or execution. I’m so lucky to have had her as a designer! She is also just a great person overall, who is committed to her work and her clients. I highly recommend hiring Creative Interiors. You will not be disappointed!!!!
Creative InteriorsCreative Interiors
Ann M.
It was a pleasure to work with Jody and her team on my studio apartment. She executed perfectly on what I wanted and presented new ideas to me that I never would have thought of on my own. I was amazed by what she put together given my budget. Besides the great quality, professionalism, and punctuality, Jody was really enjoyable to collaborate with and took all of the stress out of an overwhelming project for me. Overall a great experience! Jody will be the first person I reach out to with anything related to interior design.
Jody Fierz Interior Design, INCJody Fierz Interior Design, INC
Chris E.
After moving into my new apartment, I had no idea how to set up the place. I kind of knew what look i wanted to create, but didn't know how to actually do that. So i reached out to Sarah - she was very quick to respond and addressed all my questions to get an idea of the project. Sarah has been amazing to work with, she was so patient with me as we designed and put together a look that I would love. She first came to see the place to get an idea of what it looked like; then a week later, we met again to discuss the layout in more details, go over some furniture ideas, take measurements, etc. From creating the layout, to looking for furnitures, to picking out paint colors, to choosing arts, to selecting bedding sets, to finding accessories, etc...Sarah made the entire process super easy, fun, and overall smooth. I absolutely love what she’s come up with. It was so seamless and she put my vision right into a layout, I couldn't have asked for a better designer for this project!! Sarah really listened to what I wanted to achieve, so from the very beginning, she understood right away what I had in mind. She fully embraced the project, and put a lot of attention to the details, her aesthetic style is beautiful and unique. I was also very pleased that she didn't try to force any specific ideas onto the layout, but mainly took my ideas and bring them to life with her interior design magic. On most occasions, I actually deferred to her expertise when making final decisions on items, and I am extremely happy with all the choices we made. All the selections are so on point, and look even better once they're all together!! WOW! Sarah was also very easy to reach, so communicating with her was always fast - we discussed any new ideas over txt, call, and email. At first, I was worried about going over my budget for this project, but Sarah was great in that aspect as well. She was very understanding, and helped choose the right vendors, the best furnitures, and find ways to reduce cost without ever compromising on quality. I got the look that I was looking for but I got way more than I could have asked for. Thank you so much Sarah, you were just fantastic to work with and I will definitely be using your services again in the future! Although we haven't been able to meet up again because of the quarantine, we are still working virtually, and we are both looking forward to meeting up when everything is back to normal and add the final touch to the design. I am now living in my happy place - my perfect sanctuary. All thanks to you Sarah!
Concierge StagingConcierge Staging
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