One can always choose to be personally involved in designing or redesigning one’s home or even an office space. However, seeking an expert’s advice is always helpful especially if you want to know your options.
Sandy, who works in a commercial interior design company in Singapore, shared that the work of an interior designer goes beyond designing itself, “Sometimes, we recommend trusted contractors when renovation is needed, or discount stores that we already know. Interior designers can help you to be frugal and find the wise buys they know.”
“The professional who specializes in commercial interior design, will start providing services from the conceptual stages and planning of your construction project. He will study and evaluate proposed spaces having in mind his purpose and layout ideas for further use. The designer must walk through the construction stages completing field verification and taking exact measurements at the construction site, following closely the construction activities with the drawings and specifications. During this time, the designer will start working around with ideas like finishing details, furniture, color, equipment and related objects and spaces that will meet the needs of his client,” wrote Juan Rodriguez who wrote the article What Benefits You Can Get from a Commercial Interior Designer.
And if we need more clarity about the kind of work they do in commercial interior design, “Interior Designers study people's needs to create functional, structural living or work spaces to satisfy those demands. Decorators furnish interior spaces with furniture and accessories, creating an aesthetic environment. An Interior Designer must obtain a license from their State to practice, but an interior decorator is not required to do so. As a result, Interior Designers may also decorate, but decorators are not permitted to design,” wrote Darren Ross in the article titled What Does A Commercial Interior Designer Do.
Commercial interior designers can be as involved in supervising the timeline of the project, overseeing the work flow, and looking into the issues of budgetary and maintenance. At some point, they can talk to the architects, civil engineers, or even the carpenter of the project.
And as the client, trusting your chosen interior designer is very much important. If there are differences in your own preferences to their suggestions, it is very much relevant to communicate and make each other understand the rationale behind your creative decisions. Kayle, who encountered a similar situation with her interior designer shared, “You need to meet halfway. When I had my room redesigned, I wanted a touch of ocean blue for the wall. However, the person I hired has been apprehensive about this because I initially said I wanted darker tones. In the end, we settled for a brownish tone—and we both loved the result. Another advantage of hiring an interior designer is that you can visualize what you have dreamt in your head. When we were on the onset of the project, all I did was describe to her all the elements I want. And she did draw everything I said. On the third day of our brainstorming, she brought a drawing of her own vision for the room, which was not too far from what I imagined. We found a way to merge our ideas. I also love that I was able to save almost 30 percent for the furniture because she brought me to a thrift shop she frequents.”
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