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Why Should I Hire an Interior Designer?

Designing your interiors is the simplest way to express your style.

Your mind will also have a picture of how the house should be and you paint the picture basis what you see around you in your day-to-day life. It’s human behavior that as we go around the world, in our minds we keep on developing the photos, and all the good pictures are kept in an album in our mind. So when one decides to design one’s dream house come all the pictures. Although all pictures are beautiful when combined together to make one image don’t usually give the perfect picture as was imagined. The reason is that all images were collected from different big pictures, so it might be possible that one picture has a contemporary style, the other one has a Luis style, and the third one is a Mughal image hence when collaborated together it doesn’t look good.

This is where a specialist comes into the real BIG picture. The specialist in this case an interior designer can visualize which smaller bits if combined might look good BUT more importantly, He can paint a beautiful picture unique to you and your liking altogether. He understands and has knowledge of style, space, functioning & the LOOK.

Our life and lifestyle has changed a lot from the olden times to the 20th century. The changes have been many and in many forms, from walking to cover the distance to travel in comfort, the stone seats have given way to a Cozy luxurious Sofa. Gradually a man has adapted to a lifestyle which not only comfortable but Beautiful as well. Similarly, personality changes can be observed in humans themselves as they have gradually evolved to become a specialist in an individual field.

Although we are convinced about Doctors, Engineers, and other such specialists we do have a doubt when we plan to hire an Interior Designer with the most common concern being that He will increase the overall cost and total budget. We never shun ourselves from Doctors thinking they will prescribe a surgery increasing our overall health budget, so why have this fear of another Specialist?

The budget never increases because of an Interior Designer but in fact, he ensures that the Budget is properly utilized.

The more the budget is constrained, the more important role an Interior Designer plays. He ensures with his creativity and best utilization of sources that your House looks the Home you want it to!

P.S. To get the best out of your Interior Designer: try & spend more time with them. This way they will come to know more about your choices and styles.

Finding the Right Interior Designer

A Google search will give you thousands of results of interior designers across Pune and each one is very compelling but finding the right Interior Designer is not an easy job. You will need someone who can understand you in terms of your said & unsaid preferences, give space to talk at the same time, and help you to understand the technical side of the designs helping you make a conscious call every time. I being an interior designer for over 20 years have seen so many of my prospective clients struggle many times and stumble towards the wrong decision.

I would like to make this simpler for you so you can make the most important decision of designing your house by hiring the correct designer.

Firstly understand the two types of interior service providers which are basically categorised in 2 : Company( for example: Livspace) and Personalised( for example us that is RedBricksDesigns)

Read on to understand the major differences

Restricted time for the designing process with limit on number of iterations.Freedom of timing for the process of designing with no limit on iteration
Once the design is finalized then making any changes in the design or during the work in progress is difficult.On going changes are very much possible.
Big Team.  Small Team.
Team may change.  Team never changes.
Your designer may change.Your designer will never change.
Do lots of project simultaneously so the dedication amount of time is divided among a number of projects.Few projects at same time with attention to meticulously detailing
Finished project faster.Finish project as per commitment.
Overall, a bit cheaper because of mass productionOn the expensive side because of customization

If you go with the company service or for personalised services the process to reach the correct one for you remains the same:

  • Find the top ten interior designers from the city.
  • If you have any personal references then it is good to add them to the list.
  • Check their projects by visiting their website, Instagram, facebook page.
  • Ensure that you are looking at actual work site photos and not the 3D & graphical supported images – a lot can be made in 3d but that doesn’t mean the actual execution of the same has happened.
  • If you like at least 5 projects of the designer, then they are good to make to the shortlist for calling.
  • Do read through the reviews if available on Google, Facebook, etc – helps you give an insight.
  • Personal meeting is the best for taking the next steps in the shortlist.
  • Try to talk or meet the principal interior designer
  • During the meeting or call explain all your needs & issues to the designer. Let the designer come with solutions for you.
  • How soon she/he has understood your requirement and how good is the solution will help you make the choice.
  • How good they are with your family & other persons in the house – as during the execution each and every one especially the main family will be involved.
  • How proactive are they in providing estimates and the terms and conditions fo their work process (knowing their terms & conditions is the most important part)
  • Last but definitely not the least and one of the major factors in consideration is the transparency & ease of their working process including payment.