In order to properly trust an interior designer, it is helpful to understand a little about what is going on in their heads as they plan out the minutiae of your home. Interior designers have been trained in all sorts of areas, including style, beauty, safety, and even human psychology. They understand that details not only matter but are great opportunities for creativity. They won’t rush over particularities or choose design elements haphazardly. Everything they do will be done with intentionality and only after careful consideration of your desires, coupled with everything they know about design.
Here are a few things interior designers are going to try to do with your space:
They will try to draw the eye upward,
This means they will not want to include short pieces on the floor plan; instead, they can lead the eyes up by putting focal points above the mantle or designing a fireplace with a structure that reaches the ceiling. Interior designers know that high ceilings are very desired, so they will attempt to exaggerate that effect. They can do this by mounting curtain rods a foot above the window’s top rim or adding extra lighting along the ceiling.
They will want your space to feel like home.
Everyone knows carpets are out, and wood floors are all the hype. But wood floors and tile all throughout the house can feel a bit cold or uninspiring. A great solution to this is area rugs. Area rugs are a great opportunity for a pop of design, they make a room feel homey without losing the modern feel, and they do a great job defining separate living spaces, especially in an open floor plan. Though interior designers are in touch with modern trends and new designs, they will want to make the space particular to you and your family. They may repurpose, tie in, or highlight a treasured memory or piece of art or furniture. They will certainly get your input on what designs, styles, features, and amenities are most important to you, making you feel comfortable in your newly designed areas.
They will try to tie in accent pieces.
Medal, wood, fabric, and color are tools with which every designer must be skilled. A solid vase of matte bronze or silver copied from the metallic legs of a side table, a rustic reclaimed kitchen wood table matched with an unvarnished mantle, a cleverly designed throw pillow that ties in with the drapes, an accent wall in deep grey or blue; all of these things have the potential to bring interest to a room. The key is to keep the eye moving throughout the room, moving from one focal piece to another. If the eye flows sticks or falters on an aspect that is out of place or disconcerting, that should be a red flag; if the eye flows easily around the space, the designer has done their job.