I wrote a previous blog about interior design being affordable in SF and I want to revisit this topic because I feel many people still don’t really understand the value of interior design. The problem I see is these people who don’t understand interior design find it difficult to measure. It is intangible. It’s not a physical object like an iphone or a blouse that you can quantify. Therefore, many people find it difficult to value interior design in terms of dollars unless they have been exposed to the industry.
I have met with people who were only concerned with how much hiring an interior designer would cost them. They didn’t care about the RESULTS they would receive from hiring an interior designer. These potential clients didn’t understand the value of hiring a designer and what the designer could achieve for them and how they can change their life. Hiring and paying for an interior designer at market rate fees far outweighs the costly mistakes of DIY projects, loss of money from rentals with lack of renters, or the decreased value of a home. The value is in the relationship, connection, and experience an interior designer offers.
The key is educating people about interior design. Therefore, I came up with a list of positive values for hiring an interior designer.
1. An interior designer will help you increase the value of your home (ex: kitchen/bath renovation)
2. An interior designer solves your design problems functionally and aesthetically (space layout, storage issues, etc…)
3. An interior designer has access to many resources (products, materials, finishes, and contractors) that you might not have access to.
4. An interior designer has the background and expertise to help you clarify your vision, put it together, and execute properly.
5. An interior designer saves you time if you are too busy as they know the process, people, and the products.
6. An interior designer can save you $$ by helping you avoid costly mistakes which includes DIY mistakes.
7. An interior designer can help you design your rental and rent it out quickly to generate income.
8. Most importantly, an interior designer offers an experience that can change your life.
After meeting with my last potential client who was not the right client, I was reminded of Stanley Abercrombie. Stanley is one of the most influential design writers of our time and he was the editor for Interior Design magazine for many years. Stanley puts it best. “Art is worth paying for because, in these days of social discontent and random violence, in these days of homelessness, drugs, guns and plaque, when our urban environments are becoming increasingly brutalized, we increasingly need both physical and mental refuge from that brutalization. We need the solace of interiors that are not only intelligently functional but also intelligently artful. In these days more than ever, the art of interior design is worth paying for, because a heightened quality of life is worth paying for.”
Interior design has value and it is absolutely worth paying for.