what qualified interior designers actually do
Interior Design professionals are educated, trained, examined, and certified in all aspects of graphic presentation and drafting, construction methods and technology, space planning and building code, lighting and mechanical, accessibility and safety, and products and materials. A qualified and skilled interior designer will translate your unstated or unrealized needs to produce a completed interior architectural design that is thorough, detailed, clear, and well communicated.
Beware of imposter "designers".
They are everywhere.
There are no rules, guidelines or legal requirements on the term "interior designer" and there is no educational or examination for the term "interior decorator" or "interior stylist". It is up to the consumer to seek out qualified professionals, and the professionals responsibility to educate their consumer on their qualifications.
Certified Master Kitchen & Bath Designers (CMKBD) require 7 years of experience, over 160 hours of education, must have been an educator, and must have passed a strict 3-part examination process.
Certified Kitchen & Bath Designers (CKBD) require 5 years of experience, over 120 hours of education, and passed a strict 2-part examination process.
Associate Members of the International Interior Design Association (Assoc. IIDA) require over 120 hours of education and must have passed the IDFX portion of the NCIDQ.
All Associations require Continued Professional Development of over 20 hours per 2 year period in safety, design, construction, and technology.
A qualified professional will save you money
When utilized correctly and valued, design is completed before construction begins, the roadmap to your home is complete and that that is needed is the build, or construction. Time is saved during a labour intensive process of building with a complete set of contract documents (drawings, perspectives, and specifications) and costly delays are minimized.
Hire a professional early on
If you're working with an architect, hire a qualified professional early on in the space planning stages because interior designers envision and create interior spaces and how they are used. In addition, hiring an interior designer after a house plan and permit set are submitted can actually cause some technical challenges and cost you more in design fees because we are constantly re-adjusting to the dynamics of the project. Your money is better spent without doing, undoing, and redoing a design detail that wasn't executed as well as you had envisioned.
Value the relationship with your design professional
Most homeowners only renovate or build a home once in their lifetime, while a qualified design professional does it 25 - 50 times per year. That has merit, value, and offers an undetermined amount of insurance. When a design detail does not finish out as planned or there is a conflict during the design process, 99.8% of the time it is because information was not provided to the professional. During the Assessment phase of our process, we want to capture as much as humanly possible about you, your needs, your preferences, style, and design aesthetic so we can get on to the award-winning design work that we do.