Every one of us cares about our homes in one way or another. Most Indian homeowners feel that hiring an interior designer is an alien concept. For them, they find working with the local carpenters is much more budget-friendly than hiring interior designers. They begin the process of designing their homes with the local carpenter which most of the time ends up being a mismatched type of project.
So, why don’t they hire a professional you ask? There are two main reasons why – one being that they don’t understand how a designer can help them or the role of a designer. Two they feel that interior designers are only for wealthy families since hiring an interior designer is going to be expensive.
So, without further delay let’s break the bubble and begin breaking these myths about interior designers that you have.
- Thinking that a contractor can function as a designer.
To understand this you first need to understand the role of a contractor and an interior designer.
It is the designer who realizes your ideas, your needs, and requirement and it is a designer who helps brings your personality into space while taking into account the area and budget constraints.
Whereas it is a contractor who is responsible for providing all of the material, labor, equipment, and services necessary for the construction of the project.
Do you see the difference now?
- Hiring an interior designer will only increase the total cost of the project.
This is one of the biggest misconceptions that Indian homeowners have. But what they fail to understand is that an interior designer is on your side and it is their responsibility to make sure that the cost of the project stays within your budget without compromising on the look & feel, needs, and requirements you have from your project.
- Thinking that your project is too small to hire an interior designer.
Whether it is upgrading your bathroom or having a modular kitchen or styling your home, no project is too small. It is all about managing the expectations and find the right person for your project. There are plenty of young, creative mindsets who put their heart and mind into the project regardless of the size of the project.
- Hiring a designer will cause you to lose control over the design of your home.
Yes, most Indian homeowners think this. But in reality, the truth is Your home is about you; your personality, and your lifestyle, however, you define it and it is not about the architect or designer’s tastes and preferences. As a designer, we design your home as an extension of your personality which fits best in the needs and requirements of your space. Your space should be a part of who you are and it should represent you rather than it showing the imprint of a designer.
- A designer just plays with fabric, paint, and accessories.
A large part of an interior designer’s job is to make sure that the space is functional, safe, and beautiful. What seems like playing with the fabric, paint and decorative items are determining the space requirements, layouts, read blueprints from builders and architects, be well-versed in building codes and inspection regulations.
- I can do it myself, why would I hire?
This is again one of the biggest misconceptions. You may have a good eye for form, function, and colours that may allow you to design your home, and no doubt that you may have an idea of what you want your home to look like but there are still things that only a designer can give you. They are backed up with years of degree and years of experience that will give you more about design than any of us who just have a good eye for colours and function.