They say “the man who is his own lawyer has a fool for a client.” Although I have a sneaking suspicion it was a lawyer who first uttered those words, there’s no denying that anyone who tries to represent themselves in a court of law is very likely going to end up wearing an orange jumpsuit.
Likewise, when it comes to home decor, we can’t stress enough the importance of hiring a professional designer to turn up the aesthetic and boost the overall appeal of your home. We are lucky to know and work with many of the great designers in the Sudbury area and would be happy to recommend someone who can help you fulfill your vision.
Sure, you could try to go it alone, but we wholeheartedly believe that a professional designer is one of the very best investments you can make in your home, saving you money, time and a whole lot of Advil!
Let me explain.
Saves You Money
Forget the notion that hiring a designer is only for homeowners with Kardashian-sized budgets, because the truth is, going the pro route will help anyone to avoid costly mistakes. DIYers experiment via trial by error, but designers get things done right the first time. Not only are they able to locate deals and discounts from their own sources, they also know how to makes the most of your budget and at the same time, maintain a “big picture” outlook that will increase your home’s resale value.
Saves You Time
Time is a precious commodity, but once you tack a deadline onto a design do-over project, it only makes the clock hands move faster. Fortunately, a designer will save you time and stress by doing much of the legwork for you: researching products and prices, leading the project management, and even shopping for the perfect finishing touches to bring your room all together. One of the best things about hiring a professional is that they are very aware of what it takes to get a project finished, like anticipating potential obstacles that the average DIYer wouldn’t expect. Time. Saver.
Lends You Their Trained Eye
A designer can provide you with a professional assessment of your project and create a plan of action. With their expertly-trained eyes, they will notice things that you’d likely overlook, including what should be can be added, removed, modified and otherwise edited from your space. They understand and utilize the principles of formal and informal balance, scale, proportion, line, rhythm, traffic flow, color, pattern, texture and light, which will only help you make better decorating choices.
Defines Your Personal Style
When creating a design plan that reflects your taste, your designer integrates both style AND lifestyle into one concept and turn it into a space that improves flow, function and fashionability. Not an easy task! But once you have access to the mind of a brilliant designer, you will be able to enhance the layout of your home in creative and meaningful ways you’ve never dreamed of. As a bonus, the end result will be something completely unique, reflects your taste and best of all, will not look like the big box store ensembles that everyone else has in their home (yawn!).
Gives You the Benefit of Their Little Black Book
Not only do they have access to designer-only deals on fabrics and furnishings, designers have a staggering amount of connections: paint and décor retailers (ahem), architects, and skilled trades included. By calling on the specialists they trust most, your designer can save you the hassle of trying to find reliable and qualified contractors. As a bonus, they act as the liaison between the homeowner and these third-party resources, ensuring they are managed in order according to your design plan.
(Question: What comes first, placement of the furniture or location of the electrical outlets? Answer: ask a designer.)
Brings Harmony to Your Space
You can always tell which homes used a professional designer thanks to the purposeful spacing and layout. Everything just works! Look for symmetry in the placement of the furniture (the perfect size and height, naturally), the colour scheme, selected artwork and complimentary lighting. You might also notice colours, metallic surfaces and fabric textures thoughtfully mimicked in more subtle accents. A designer has the expertise to mix and match separate components, then pull them together into one harmonious space.
Delivers the “Wow!” Factor
Vanilla-white or linen-white walls are nice, but they don’t make people say “WOW!” when they walk through your door. A professional designer will not only turn your house into a home, they’ll apply their training, out-of- the-box way of thinking and clever sense of style to transform it into something unexpected and simply extraordinary.
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