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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 Oak Forest interior designers
Thumbtack Customer
Jann & Elizabeth of Wisdom + Frost Interiors are an exceptionally smart, hard working and professional Interior Design firm. I had a small bathroom remodel project which they helped with the design. They were very patient and insightful on what elements needed to be incorporated in the design. Moreover, Jann & Elizabeth were very cost conscious and helped me stay on budget regarding the fixtures and materials used in the project. They are constantly on the forefront of trends in the industry and provide excellent customer service. Their attention to detail, brilliant design ideas, and understanding of client needs helped bring my bathroom project to fruition. I highly recommend Wisdom + Frost Interiors for your interior design and special project needs.
Elizabeth Frost  (The Design Firm)Elizabeth Frost (The Design Firm)
Scott G.
I met with Alexander about a few interior design projects, and he exceeded my expectations. In addition to his creativity and experience, he is very responsive and detailed which makes the entire process run smoothly. I look forward to using Alexander Aspects on more projects in the future.
Alexander Aspects Interior DesignAlexander Aspects Interior Design
Dan D.
We're a growing business trying to build a workspace that attracts and retains talent and promotes a vibrant, collaborative atmosphere - all on a fixed budget. Amna and her team at L'Atelier A Design did an amazing job helping us visualize our options and designing creative solutions that helped us maximize the use of our space. Amna presented us with three completely different design options that combined with 3-D fly-bys so we could make decisions and communicate more effectively with the builder and landlord. For example, we had two columns that were awkwardly placed in the main corridor of our office. I thought Amna was just going to ignore them or find some easy way to wrap them or paint them. Instead, she designed bookshelves that integrated the columns to create a sense of space and provide us with valuable storage for the team. It was a brilliant yet simple idea and it was just one of many that helped us build a workspace that was far better than we had hoped. Amna and her team are excellent listeners, always provide valuable advice and continuously strive to exceed expectations. We'll continue to work with L'Atelier A Design for future workspace projects that require interior design experience.
L'Atelier A DesignL'Atelier A Design
Becky M.
Waalid is amazing! He was essential in helping me "see" the potential in my home! His ideas are great and he's a wonderful interior designer to work with. The colors he selected were amazing (even my husband liked them!). The furniture layout is ideal, classic and has an understated elegance I could never conjure up on my own. Waalid expressed excitement in seeing my house become a home again and it made me feel good to see that he was as invested as I was. Thank you, Waalid!
Walid zayounaWalid zayouna
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