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4 Common Myths About Working With An Interior Designer - Debunked

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Are you dreaming of having a beautifully designed home, but hesitant to hire an interior designer? Perhaps you believe that you can't afford it or that designers only want you to buy new furniture. Maybe you think that they won't listen to your preferences or that having good taste means you don't need their help.

Myth #1: I Can Get the Look for Less

That’s a maybe. Accessible design has thankfully come a long way! Making it easier to pull together a curated and beautiful home on a budget, but a common myth is that you can always get the desired look for less. While it's true that designers can help you stay within your budget and find cost-effective solutions, it's important to understand that quality design comes at a price. Simply put, not all styles or materials are created equal, and some may be more expensive than others. A skilled interior designer will work with you to create a realistic budget that takes into account your goals, needs and preferences. At Domestic Studio, we help our clients prioritize their budgets without sacrificing quality or design integrity, such as repurposing existing items, focusing on high-impact areas, or considering alternative materials or finishes. However, if you're looking for a complete overhaul or a specific look that requires premium materials or custom features, you should be prepared to invest accordingly. Remember, good design is an investment in your home's beauty, functionality, and value, and it's worth spending the time and money to get it right.

Myth #2: Interior Designers Only Want You to Buy New Furniture

Interior designers have a reputation for pushing clients to buy new furniture, which is a common but untrue myth. While it's true that designers may suggest new furniture to achieve a cohesive look or better functionality, we can also work with what a client already has and build on it. We can repurpose old furniture, reupholster chairs, or refinish tables to create a fresh, updated look. In fact, using select personal pieces is often what set’s a project apart.

At Domestic Studio, we are honest with our clients about which of their current pieces add to their space, and which may be better to leave behind. No matter what, our team does our best to make sure our clients get the most out of their investment. The goal is to create a space that reflects your personality, lifestyle, and needs, while also addressing any design challenges.

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Myth #3: Interior Designers Don’t Listen to Your Preferences

Some people believe that interior designers are only interested in their own vision and don't take into account the client's preferences. This couldn't be further from the truth. A good interior designer will always consider their client's needs, tastes, and lifestyle. While our client’s usually come to us for our impactful, classic and approachable interiors, we understand that every client is unique and work with them to create a space that reflects their individuality. We take the time to get to know our clients and listen to their ideas and feedback throughout the design process.

Communication is key when working with an interior designer. We want you to be happy with the end result and strive to create a design that not only meets but exceeds your expectations.

Myth #4: If I Have Good Taste, I Don’t Need to Hire an Interior Designer

Hiring an interior designer is not just about having good taste. It's about having a professional who understands the principles of design and can create a space that is both aesthetically pleasing and functional. An interior designer has the expertise to design a space that not only looks great but also meets the client's needs in terms of functionality, flow, and practicality.

Hiring an interior designer is an investment in your home and can save you time, money, and frustration in the long run. With our expertise and knowledge, we can help you create a space that is not only beautiful but also meaningful, functional and practical. With the right interior designer, you can bring your dream home to life.

Interested in working together? Our process is rooted in client connection and with an intentional, well-informed approach, Domestic Studio embraces imperfection to create meaningful homes made for living. You can learn more about our design services here, then inquire here.


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