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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 Brooklyn Center interior designers
Thumbtack Customer
Working with Bonnie from Arranged by Design has been a fantastic experience. I have never worked with an interior designer before and I wasn't sure what to expect. Bonnie did an excellent job of explaining how she approaches a project and how she would work to merge my tastes and interests into the overall project vision. Bonnie's experience and professionalism really made it easy for me to share my ideas in a way that she could use to shape the project. I was amazed when I saw the initial design plans. Everything we talked about had been incorporated into the design. The drawings looked terrific and I really felt I was part of the process. We have already started talking about the next phase. I highly recommend Arranged by Design.
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Anastasia T.
Bonnie was a delight to work with! It was my first time hiring an interior designer. Bonnie was thorough to explain how the process works, attentive to my insights, and provided options that expanded my vision, her communication, professionalism and expertise is top notch. We cannot wait to complete the project based on Bonnie's recommendations. Thank you so much for your help!
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Thumbtack Customer
I got in contact with Gina Walleat through Thumbtack while searching for an interior designer to help me with remodeling my basement. Gina's portfolio caught my eye right away and I was very pleased when she contacted me to schedule an appointment to come out to my house. I felt confident in my choice after speaking with Gina on the phone, and was even more impressed with her after meeting her in person. Gina is very knowledgeable, has a great eye for design, has wonderful ideas, and at the same time is very easy to work with. Her ideas and recommendations are always followed by knowledgeable explanations and she has many ideas on how to change/improve/incorporate new designs. The space I'm working on is over 1000 square feet: a bedroom, living room, and bathroom, and with Gina assisting me, I feel like I'm on the right path. I already feel like the final results will be greater than I expected, and the path leading up to it is fun and non-stressful (as remodels are usually the opposite). I would contact Gina again if need be, and definitely recommend her smart and easy-going assistance to family and friends. Thanks for all your help Gina!
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Thumbtack Customer
I typically leave reviews if I'm blown away by the service or just plain appalled. Bonnie falls into the latter category as she has no grasp of the concept of customer service, and has no skills beyond decorating in the traditional style. I don't know if she's a certified interior decorator, but she certainly didn't act like one. Though I hired Bonnie, I eventually decorated my place myself. Till this day, my friends, tease me saying "you wasted your $ on a fake interior decorator when you could have simply done it yourself.” Here is a summary of my interaction with Bonnie: During our first meeting, I walked her through my apartment and provided a clear explanation of my design ideas, in addition to sending pictures of the decor pieces that I wanted. She corroborated everything I said, and also said this “oh, this project should be easy.” Following our interaction, all she had to do was buy similar decor pieces to the ones I showed her. Also, I offered to go shopping with her to prevent any mishaps. She turned down my offer, saying that she shops for multiple clients at the same time so it won't be helpful to have me there. She then went shopping and showed up with pieces that are not in any way related to what we discussed. During our interaction, she said things like "I don't know what to do with your bathroom - it's so big" and "you can't have big throw pillows on a medium-sized sectional (erm, says who?!)"... She said many more things that simply made no sense coming from an "interior designer.” When I told her I didn't like the pieces she bought as they were not in any way tied to my vision, she had the nerve to say I was "fast becoming her client from hell." Following that interaction, I told her that I would no longer be needing her services, but I paid her 75% of the cost we had discussed. Note that at this point, Bonnie had not in any way decorated my place, so I simply paid her for the time that I assumed she invested. When she left, I realized that I had obtained nothing from our interaction as my apartment looked exactly the same! So, I asked if she could help arrange/hang-up some pictures and art pieces on my wall - as a means for me to at least gain something tangible from the relationship, and she flat-out said no. I reached out to the Thumbtack team and they agreed that she was in the wrong, but they couldn't do anything since we didn't sign an agreement. Overall, I sense that Bonnie is good at decorating in the traditional style and maybe she’s good with working with older folks as clients. If you don't fall into either of those buckets – older or have a traditional style. I highly suggest you look for another interior decorator.
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