“INTERIOR DESIGN” is the art and science of improving or enhancing the inner/interior space of a building to achieve a healthier and aesthetically pleasing environment.
The Interior Designer is the one who plans, researches, coordinates, and manages such enhancement projects.
According to scholars, Interior designing is a multifaceted profession that includes research, programming, conceptual development, space planning, site inspections and communicating with the stakeholders of a project in order to manage and execution of the design.
Therefore, Interior design is much more complex than getting a decor right.
“Interior designers are trained to think creatively and spatially and learn to see an overall picture in an interior space that clients often cannot. … A professional interior designer will create and interior that is custom-designed pieces to make sure everything fits perfectly.”— Kathy Kuo
Whether your next development or the utilization is a Residential, Retail, Hospitality, Heritage or Public inner space, is it a good idea for you to hire an interior designer? The answer could be “YES”, “NO” or “MAY BE”. However, the spaces we all live or utilize should be places with proper planning, aesthetically pleasing and more importantly with required character, functionality, style, comfort and joy.
Without the help of a Professional and Experienced Interior Designer, you could have an amazing look in a non-functional interior space. You could have space with expensive decor but not pleasing or suitable for your character. You could have a place without fulfilling the legal and technical requirements.
It is well noted that the amazing and incredible interior spaces we enjoy in our day to day life does not happen by chance. Great spaces are carefully defined, designed, planned, and created by experienced professionals.
Other than creating great spaces, you should consider and understand the additional benefits you could enjoy by hiring a Professional Interior Designer. Most importantly the cost benefits from purchases, buying the correct product at once (saving money and time) and obtaining trade discounts. Secondly, negotiating with trade for proper qualities and passing additional services from suppliers or manufacturers towards the project. Thirdly, monitoring and administering quality of products, fabrication work and workmanship of the project.
Above mentioned benefits are bare minimum and the list is very long if you are in touch with experienced designers.
You can hire an Interior Designer with relevant qualifications and experience and importantly suitable to your scope, budget and style or taste.
In general the Interior Designer, Interior Architect or Interior Decorator seems to be same through a layman‘s eye. However, there are differences between each other and sometimes it will have different job functions in different jurisdictions. Further, there are statutory bodies or institutes which govern and control certain aspects of the profession and International Federation of Interior Architects / Designers (IFI) act as the global body for the profession.
By going through all above aspects, it shows the magnitude of the profession globally and the importance of employing a relevant professional to handle your interior design and fit out project to achieve a proper living space, cost benefits, enjoyable and pleasing appearance.