Why an Interior Designer will actually SAVE you money...

Why an Interior Designer will actually SAVE you money...

9(Designer: Minhnuyet Hardy, Photographer: Mali Azima, Stylist: Brandon Bransford)

Many people believe that they cannot afford an interior designer.  They think designers cost too much and that expenses will get out of hand quickly, leaving them with a feeling of helplessness and unexpected debt.

I am here to tell you that that is a LIE.

I’ve compiled 5, count ’em FIVE, reasons why interior designers can actually SAVE you money.

Here they are:

1. Interior Designers help you avoid costly mistakes.

You have great intentions, but without a keen eye and procurement savvy, its easy to order the wrong items and spend countless hours trying to rectify the issues.  The number 1 complaint I hear from new clients is that they are tired of ordering the wrong items and feeling like their space is a long way from looking pulled together.  Most designers and decorators possess a gift that allows them to “see” the selections in your space, after all, this is one reason most people hire us…they can’t visualize.  Colors, materials, furniture, and artwork look different online or in the store than they do in your home.  For instance, you may receive what you thought was your dream sectional only to realize the shade of gray you picked looks terrible with the (barely dry) paint color you had chosen because you were pressured by the builder to pick a paint color.  So you think to yourself..I like grey, I’ll just pick a grey I like from the fan deck, how hard could it be?  However, now that beautiful shade of grey looks blue next to your newly purchased gray sectional.  So now you have to pay to either repaint or buy a new sectional (guess which option I would tell you to do?  Paint, of course! ).

A good interior designer will save you time, stress, & the big M (for money).  We are here to take your dream space from conceptual form to reality.  Its like hiring a fabulous wedding planner so you can kick back and just enjoy your big day – or in this case your newly designed IMPECCABLE space.

2. Good Interior Designers have GREAT networks.

Good interior designers have a network of incredible resources that they can pull from for design jobs. They usually work with multiple sub contractors and contractors over the years, so they can accurately tell you how to get the best quality of work within your budget and time frame.  Talk about money saving results…

3. Seasoned Interior Designers have established professional relationships.

What does that mean for you?  Well,  it means that high-end vendors and manufacturers allow designers to purchase goods at pricing not available to the general public and extend special privileges.  This ensures you receive pieces that will work, not nicely, but PERFECTLY in your space.  This is because, again, designers have a wealth of resources to choose from that are not common knowledge to anyone but designers.  Most designers  have access to special trade and wholesale pricing with various manufacturers and vendors, so in addition to the procurement exclusivity mentioned above, you may also save money on the items you purchase.

4. Professional Designers and Decorators always carry measuring tape
(or in my case, a measuring tape AND a laser measurer) at all times

Why is that important for you?  It means that the items the designer procures for your space will fit perfectly.  No doors slamming into side tables.  Or headboards that are so large they cover half your window.  Or rugs that are so small they make your furniture look like it was purchased by giants.  Great designers measure everything. And I mean EVERYTHING.  Not just rooms, but doorways, windows, molding, ceiling height, drop ceilings, staircases, closet space, etc.  I’ve had so many clients contact me after throwing away hard-earned-cash because they ordered furniture before measuring properly.  Measuring goes beyond just making sure something will fit…does it allow you room to function also and this is an important element of space planning. Don’t do this! Let me, or another reputable designer, save you from this massive headache.

5. Talented Interior Designers have a keen eye for placement and coordination.

This trained eye allows them to coordinate all the furnishings, drapery, floor coverings, artwork, and accessories in a way that makes it hard for you to determine whether you are in a 5 Star hotel or your own home.  Good designers make this look easy, but I assure you, they spend hours, sometimes days, weeks or even months, coordinating your dream space. I easily spend 200-500 hours working on a space to make it look fabulous.  Their ability to create a beautiful haven out of your space is not only a god given talent but also a result of years of working with clients, going to markets to keep a pulse on what is current in the design world, and continuing education.

If interior design was so easy, then everyone’s home would be in Elle Decor.  But let’s face it, that’s not the case.  So save you self from headaches, frustration, stress, and wasted money, and just hire a designer.

You know, I think I might know of one I could recommend. 🙂


 (Designer: Minhnuyet Hardy, Photographer: Mali Azima, Stylist: Brandon Bransford)



 (Designer: Minhnuyet Hardy, Photographer: Christina Wedge)

For help creating your dream space, contact us at minhnuyet@minhnuyethardy.com.

May your space be smart, stylish, and deliciously livable,

There are 2 comments

  1. Love this post.

    Comment by Shannon Bieter on March 17, 2015 at 1:40 pm
  2. Thank you, Shannon! And thank you for taking the time to leave me a comment!

    Comment by Minhnuyet Hardy on March 17, 2015 at 6:20 pm