5 Good Reasons to Hire an Interior Designer

From a white canvas to a beautiful interior - we all aspire to interiors but most of us have no experience, little time and just do not know where to start. Enlisting the help of an Interior Designer can be a fulfilling and inspirational journey that can save you money, time and headache.

From a white canvas to a beautiful interior - we all aspire to interiors but most of us have no experience, little time and just do not know where to start. Enlisting the help of an Interior Designer can be a fulfilling and inspirational journey that can save you money, time and headache.

An Interior Designer is a professional who deals with the space layout, architectural elements, project management, construction management, lighting plans, specifications, furniture and soft furnishings on a budget and within a time frame.

From simple schemes requiring the most modest of furniture layouts to the most complex and extensive projects, form one room to a whole house, a professional Interior Designer is a cost effective necessity.

Here are 5 reasons why hiring a professional can get you a long way towards living the dream.

1. Knowledge

A good interior designer will bring with them a wealth of resources and knowledge. An interior designer with no “little black book” of suppliers, builders, architects and specialist contacts is not worth their weight in salt. All professional Interior Designers have a list of preferred providers and a B list and C list just in case plan A falls through.

Great deals for great clients – over time the Interior designer will have formed specialised relationships and can most likely get you some amazing discounts on furniture and materials as well as services.

Ensure your Interior Designer is qualified; diploma or university degree is best and also that they have a portfolio to show you as well as Professional Indemnity and Professional Liability.

If it is a specialised project such as for a listed building or historical work, ensure they the Interior Designer has a university degree and experience in the field, this is truly specialised work and cannot be undertaken lightly.

2. Window to your dreams

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Your interior designer should be a creative inspirational specialist who can design practical and functional interiors without sacrificing on aesthetics. They should take your thoughts and open your eyes to the potential that can be achieved for your home. The best thing for me is to interpret a client’s dreams and make it a reality. An Interior Designer can show you several solutions to a design project, some which you may not have considered, so it’s important to discuss the brief at length and tie it down early on in the proceedings.

3. Avoiding costly mistakes

In the UK most people associate Interior Designers with expensive and out of reach services. But for me, it’s about being practical and working within tight budgets. I love budgets! Because of my knowledge and experience I can save a huge amount of money for my clients. I once saved a restaurant owner nearly £8000 on a wooden floor that did not need replacing just sanding and re-varnishing.

Solving puzzles is what this work is mostly about. It is cost effective to have an experienced professional with construction experience and knowledge and a healthy dose of ingenuity turn your design dreams into reality on budget and on time.

Most clients are working professionals, busy and with little time to project manage. An Interior Designer will co-ordinate the trades, get materials delivered on time and take the whole headache away from clients.

4. Planning and regulations

A seasoned professional can advise on building regulations and whether you need an architect for that loft conversion, kitchen extension or adding to the footprint of the house. Listed building consent will be required for listed buildings and the designer will be able to advise on any other specialist consultant you will need. Again this saves time and money.

5. Decorating a home

Once the architectural elements are fixed down with all relevant applications and requirements and specialist trades having been consulted (if needed) you can then address the decorative elements of your house.

Interior Designers are versed in space planning to make the most of the space you have available. Storage is an important consideration and always high on the priority list of clients. Innovative ways of concealing storage can be found with a fresh approach. Making the most of lost space is key.

Colour definition for walls, floors, ceiling and soft furnishing is critical to make sure your house is a home and feels comfortable. Colour needs to address the mood and style you are trying to achieve and should suit the functional aspect of the room or area as well as stimulating specific moods. A brash bright colour would be unsuitable in a bedroom for example – a more soothing colour palette would be best suited to this space where one retires to relax and sleep in comfort.

A sign of a good Interior Design is also one that can utilise existing furniture or elements that the client wants to retain within the scheme. Old furniture can always be re-upholstered and re-painted to update the scheme. Art work and photographs can be re-vamped with new frames and displayed to complement the new design.

Using an Interior Designer is a worthwhile investment and the experience and knowledge we bring to the project often adds value to the house. In these days of “can’t move improve” a cohesive design that will be addressed with confidence and know-how not only makes for a comfortable stunning home but also ensures you have “sale appeal” when the time to move comes along.


Françoise Murat & Associates are Architectural Interior Designers and Garden & Landscape designers working in London and the south east.

We specialise in period homes and historical gardens as well as contemporary new build or refurbishments.

We also run Grow your own vegetables and fruit workshops and Interior Design classes. For more garden and interior design information visit us at www.francoisemurat.com.

All photographs copyright Françoise Murat.