Designing spaces

Designing spaces

Creative design of spaces plays a major role in enhancing the quality of the finished product, writes Mercy NYAMBURA, stressing the need to engage services of an interior designer.

Well, let’s first understand.  Who’s an Interior Designer?  It’s very interesting to get to the basics. But it pays. An Interior Designer is a multi-faceted professional who is creative and yet provides technical solutions within a structure to achieve a built interior environment. By exploiting creative skills and studying technical elements desired in a space, the interior designer offers the space-user a thorough assessment that leads to a solid plan of action.

So whether you have a large or small space, an Interior Designer stands to assist you to achieve the best you desire for your space. In this regard, the creative interior designers give spaces the personality the spaces deserve in reference to a brief.

Essentially, what will an interior designer offer you?

1. Professional advice on space planning

Interior designers evaluate the space, find out what the client’s needs are, come up with different options that make the best use of the square footage based on what the client wants to accomplish, and then discuss them with the client to determine the best possible solution.

2. Personalized designs

Our spaces need to be a reflection of our essence as individuals, telling stories of our lives and mirroring our personality. An interior designer helps you to incorporate your individuality into your living space through colour and accessories. They would in this regard convert your office to mirror your company’s vision and goals through branding, sizing, furnishings and furniture.

3. Creativity and functionality

Design without functionality is useless! The interior designer motivated to offer the best always blend in creativity and functionality so that the end user is able to easily access, use and interact with the interior environment more freely.

4. Liason

The interior designer builds “a stronger bridge between you and your architect or contractor early on and can head off design misses in your overall plan. This is crucial in managing time and money. As designers we are trained to think about things we may overlook. It’s so important that the lighting and furnishing needs are addressed before construction. If your living room sofa is floating in the middle of the room you want to make sure you have the proper placement for floor outlets.

5. Wider availability of resources

There are things available to designers that are not available to the general public in terms of connections, resources and general merchandise. By culminating these resources, designers can help you to make your space look more collected, unique and pulled together.

6. Budgeting and Planning

A designer can keep you on budget and save you time and effort. A designer knows where to go for resources for everything related to your space. This will save you endless amounts of time researching products, brands and prices. A designer will have all this readily on hand, and should he or she not, will spend the time researching so that you don’t have to.

7. Wow Factor

Designers can help to give you the “wow” factor you’ve been looking for. They are trained to think differently, spatially and to see an overall picture that clients often cannot. “Thinking out-of-the-box is what designers do all day long.

8. Save Money.

It might sound strange that hiring someone to redo your space would save you money due to the additional fee of the designer but it will certainly help you make costly mistakes that will not only help you save money but increase the value of your space (home or even a commercial development) that you intend to sell. It can help boost buyer appeal and set your property above the competition.

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