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Why You SHOULDN'T Hire An Interior Designer

Kim Dugina of Harp Interiors
This guest post was shared on Renovator Mate by an interior designer who believes "you can have a chic, polished, clutter-free home that meets both your schedule and your budget delivered straight to your inbox".

Why You Shouldn't Hire An Interior Designer

Why I SHOULDN'T hire an interior designer... WHAT?!?

I bet you’re surprised to hear this from an interior designer! But there are some very good reasons why full-service interior design is not for everyone.

Having a beautiful home that fits your style and budget IS for everyone, but that doesn't mean that you need to hire an interior designer for a full service. In fact, there are certain types of people who could and should save their money to spend on the all-important furniture and décor items. Keep reading to find out who...

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You Love Shopping

If you love spending your weekends scouring furniture and décor shops searching for that perfect piece, that’s the right colour, size and price etc. — then hiring a designer may not be for you.

Working with a designer is more like dining in a 5-star restaurant: You place your order and the chef works his magic in the kitchen before serving your meal — you don't see every detail of how they made it happen.

When you hire a designer for a full service, they don’t expect you to shop for the "ingredients." If you would prefer to mix up your cake yourself, then perhaps you shouldn't hire an interior designer. 


Have a consultation with a designer who can send you to the right sources, with the perfect shopping list for your next shopping adventure. An e-design package is perfect for you if you love hearing that beautiful sound of the courier knocking on your door, without the fear of hoping it will fit where you want it or if it will look how you imagined.

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You Have Heaps of Free Time

Designing, sourcing, renovating and installing any space takes a LOT of time. You might love this type of challenge, and want to dedicate all of your free time to doing just that. Maybe you have taken the time to educate yourself on the technical software that designers use to document and illustrate their designs.

Interior designers spend countless hours staying up to date on the latest product offerings and continuing education. We take a substantial amount of time attending workshops, markets and courses to be sure that we can provide you with the best solutions.

If you have tons of free time that you can dedicate to doing the same, then perhaps you don't need any interior designer. 


Consider a virtual consultation with an interior designer that can fill in the gaps where you need it from the comfort of your computer.

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You're Not Ready to Make the Investment

If you haven't taken the time to think about how much you would like to invest into your home, you probably shouldn't be hiring an interior designer. Although having a beautiful home is something that everyone can achieve on ANY budget, working with a designer is making a choice to hire a professional.

When you go to the dentist, you expect to pay dentist fees.  The same goes for an interior designer! We love what we do but that doesn't negate the fact that we are business professionals providing both an experience for our clients and an expertly tailored end product.

When you're ready to invest in your home and your lifestyle, hiring an interior designer will help you get amazing results.


E-design packages start at only $499 and you'll get a detailed plan and a shopping list. You can design one room at a time and you are then free to purchase the recommended furniture and décor pieces in your own time and when your budget allows.

Save your coins and when you're ready, call an interior designer. I promise it will be worth the wait!

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You're A Control Freak

It’s ok, it’s not always a bad thing and I’m guilty of it too. However, working with a designer requires a measure of trust that you have to be able to give. Designers will always have your budget, lifestyle needs and timeline at the very top of their priority list.

The advantage of working with a designer is that we juggle all the little pieces that need to be coordinated for you to be able to get the results you want. In order for us to do that, you have to let go!

As the saying goes, too many cooks in the kitchen spoils the broth. Yes, the process is collaborative, but you have to allow yourself to rest in the fact that your designer's got the big picture handled.


Empower yourself and let your inner control freak shine first with an e-design package. After our collaboration and the design is in place, the ball is in your court. You get all the information, floor plans and shopping lists that you need for you to take control of the project whenever you’re ready.

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You're A DIYer

When hiring an interior designer for a full-service design project, you would never be expected to lift a finger. That means everything from the shopping, to the deliveries, to the installation is left up to us. If you would prefer to do it yourself, then hiring an interior designer may not be the best fit for you.

Lucky for you, many designers (me included!) provide e-design services where we provide a detailed design plan for you to implement yourself! That allows you to flex your DIY muscles and save a few coins too.


Tap into a designer's tips and long list of retailers (with furniture pieces you will never find at your regular shops), with a detailed plan prepared just for you in an e-design package.


You're Too Attached to Ugly Things

Yep, I said it! Some of you are holding on to things that just don't belong in your home anymore. I know it has sentimental value, or you paid a pretty penny for it 20 years ago but sister, it's gotta go!

Interior designers can do some amazing things with your existing beautiful furniture, art and accessories. But we can’t work magic on the things that just simply do not fit your current design goals.

If you prefer to hold on to grandma's vintage quilt and grandpa's dusty recliner, then working with an interior designer may not be for you.

Allow a designer to help you edit and enhance what you have so that you can live your best life! Let's chat!.


Did you see yourself in these reasons? If you did, that's ok!

The beauty of the design industry today is that there are so many ways that you can work with a designer.

Even though a full-service interior design may not be the best option for you, I encourage you to seek out a design service that will suit your personality, time and budget. (Hint: See Author Bio below.)


Author Bio

Kim Dugina of Harp Interiors helps homeowners create the beautiful, organised homes that they really want to live in and can’t wait to come home to. She likes to hang with her husband and kids, going to the gym, cooking for her teenagers, and watching UFO documentaries.

Kim Dugina of Harp Interiors