At JRD, we are passionate about what we do and how we serve our clients. However, not everyone is clear about what an interior design expert actually does. One of our core beliefs at Jen Robinson Design is that everyone should have a home that brings them joy and comfort.
We believe that each space in your home should not only look beautiful, but it should also reflect your personal style and function in a way that works for your lifestyle and each member of your family. This may sound like a tall order, but that’s where our interior design magic comes into play. Gorgeous and functional interiors are the product of a well-thought-out and carefully explored design that is expertly planned, curated and executed by Ottawa’s best design and construction professionals.
What does an interior designer do?
In short: an interior designer is an expert in all things related to interiors, from floor plans and layouts to the selection of finishing materials such as tile and light fixtures, and everything in between. Interior designers are also experts when it comes to serving their local communities and understanding the needs of their clients.
While the exact definition of an interior designer can vary between professionals, at JRD we see the role of an interior designer as a professional who uses design, in all its elements, to optimise the functionality, visual appeal, and safety of each space in order to support the human experience.
Why is hiring an interior designer worth it?
Many homeowners who embark on renovation projects opt to work solely with a contractor, leaving the design and finish selections, as well as procurement and general project management, to themselves. While this works for some, the role of an interior designer in a home renovation project cannot be overstated. Here are our top 7 reasons why hiring a designer is always worth the investment:
Interior designers are professionally trained
Interior designers are professionally trained in the field of design and the process of construction. This means they have ample knowledge about design elements, floor plans and layouts, the creation of drawings and designs, finishing materials and fixtures, and how the construction process works from beginning to end. Interior designers spend years educating themselves and have an inherent ability to envision a finished space and execute each design efficiently and expertly.
Fresh ideas and fresh eyes
An experienced interior designer will not only bring their extensive knowledge and experience to the table, but they will also bring fresh ideas and a well-trained eye. The best interior designers can easily identify the potential of a space, as well as where the improvements can be made, and promptly provide realistic and creative solutions.
One of the biggest perks of working with an interior designer is the access to industry suppliers and tradespeople they bring. A well-connected interior designer will have ample relationships with material suppliers and experienced trades professionals, that help to ensure the best possible materials and workmanship is provided, often at a discounted trade price.
Guaranteed beauty and function
When most people think about interior design, they immediately think of beautifully finished, luxurious-looking spaces. But the look of a space is only half of what makes a successful interior design. A successful interior must include optimal functionality to meet the specific needs of the client. This can include maximizing floor space, increasing storage, hiding certain elements, and more. A good interior designer will consider all the information provided when designing a space, which ensures a beautiful AND functional result, every time.
Get it right the first time
While hiring a designer is a significant investment when embarking on a home renovation, it will ultimately save you time and money down the road. While it may be tempting to “DIY” your renovation, or manage the selections and construction yourself in order to save money, an interior designer will ensure that every decision is made thoughtfully and carefully, and is based on the extensive knowledge and experience they possess. Using an interior designer means you get the interior you want the first time around. Interior designers take the guesswork out of renovations, making the process seamless and stress-free.
Interior designers can make it custom
Working with an interior designer means you have the option of creating custom elements for your space. Interior designers are limited only by their own imaginations, which means the options are unlimited. From the creation of custom furniture, cabinetry and built-in bookshelves, to access to one-of-a-kind textiles and rugs, an interior designer can create a space that is perfectly suited to your needs and uniquely yours.
An interior designer takes the stress out of renovations
Above all, an interior designer will manage all aspects of your renovation, from creating the design and making finish and material selections to managing the construction process, including communicating with all tradespeople and suppliers and ensuring that all the necessary materials are on-site when needed. This means the construction process flows smoothly and seamlessly, ensuring your space is finished on time and on budget.
If you want to learn more about how we work with clients in the greater Ottawa area, visit our About page to read about our services and unique signature process. If you are interested in working with us or simply want to know more about Jen Robinson Design, reach out to schedule a free discovery call today!