5 ways an interior designer will have the edge

Feb 14, 2018 | Advice, Lifestyle, Slider

The layout of interior spaces can make or break a sale and can add value to a home. An interior designer will help your clients swing that deal.
Stephanie Woodhouse has been an interior designer for more than 40 years and owns her own business, Wowhaus. She has been involved with the Society of Designers South Africa (now IID) in KwaZulu-Natal for about 20 years, including a stint as the president.

AN INTERIOR DESIGNER CAN HELP WHERE AN ARCHITECT CAN’T

Architects are usually more concerned with bigger issues such as site plans, exterior materials and structural safety. An interior designer is often better equipped to deal with details such as bathroom and kitchen planning, and sourcing interior finishes, paint selections, hardware and sanware. An architect may design a window without considering curtains or blinds. An interior designer will take this into account.

AN INTERIOR DESIGNER IS NOT A DECORATOR

While interior designers may decorate, decorators do not design. After qualifying, practising interior designers should join the African Institute of the Interior Design Professions (IID) and apply both technical and creative solutions to a project. A designer will consider the structural implications of a home first and only then look at decor. Repositioning an area may be of greater value to the homeowner than installing finishes and furniture.

AN INTERIOR DESIGNER CONSIDERS LIFESTYLE

An interior designer is mindful of the constraints of a structure and considers the needs of each family member. A designer has sufficient structural knowledge to create an open-plan space, for instance, and can advise your clients on installing sliding or folding doors. They understand how doors and windows can fit, suggest which suppliers to use and guide the installation process.

AN INTERIOR DESIGNER CAN CUSTOM-DESIGN SPACES

Training covers conceptual design such as creating sketch plans that show layout as well as the ability to work final drawings, plans and specifications. Designers are therefore equipped to tailor-make spaces, incorporate features such as power, lighting and smart systems, and prepare drawings for submission and documents for tender.

AN INTERIOR DESIGNER CAN SAVE MONEY

An interior designer has extensive knowledge of fittings, fixtures, fabrics and furniture and so is qualified to choose the right product for your client’s needs and budget. A designer should co-ordinate all parties working on a project, making sure they have information they need to ensure everything happens.