Ask the Expert: I know what I like and what I don’t like, why do I need to hire a designer?

Good question. It’s great that you are decisive—that will be very beneficial—but an interior designer does so much more than help you select products and furnishings for your home. The first step is to understand how your family functions and the best use of your space. Not every family will use the space in the same way; design is an exercise in critical thinking. While defining the functional solution, designers are also working on multiple levels to incorporate basic design elements of scale, proportion, emphasis, balance, and rhythm. Finally, it’s time to turn your attention to the selections. Your designer will show you the best options to fulfill the design plan, many of which may not be available to the public (designers often have access to ‘trade only’ resources), and combinations that you would not have thought of on your own.

Kimberly Herrick, ASID
Herrick Design Group

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