If your home is a bit outdated and bland, or its overall layout no longer works for you and your family, you may want to consider working with a designer before you make any changes. You might assume it would be easy to just start pulling up flooring and moving walls, but there are some very good reasons why a designer should assist you before and during this entire process. Note why that is, and how they can ensure you end up with a home you'll love for years to come.
You may not realize the changes in your home that need to be done according to local building codes; this often includes removing walls, and making any changes to the electrical system, including adding outlets. If these changes are not done to local codes, you may face fines from your city, and see your property values reduced.
Note, too, that local codes are in place for your own safety, and not making changes to your home according to those codes can mean the risk of an electrical fire and other such dangers. An interior designer will know what changes need to be done according to codes, and will ensure inspections are arranged so that the work is certified as being done properly.
If your home seems very unwelcoming, you might assume that you're choosing the wrong colours and patterns for furniture, curtains, and the like, but it may be that the materials in the home are not complementary. As an example, you may have metal tables in a very traditional home that has wood floors; metal and wood typically clash, and this combination may soon look unattractive. On the other hand, if you have stone floors, metal furniture, and plastic blinds, these materials may all seem very cold, and not inviting or comfortable.
An interior designer can help choose the right materials, along with complementary colours and patterns, to create a warm and inviting space that is still to your style. For example, you may love a modern look and stately stone floors, but bringing in some upholstered furniture and thin curtain panels can keep the space from seeming too cold, while also keeping that modern look you love. If the home has timber floors and wood window trim, a designer can tone down all that wood with some upholstered furniture and glass accent pieces. Those materials will all complement each other, so the home looks welcoming and comfortable.