You’ve decided to make some changes to your home, but design, architecture, and construction are not your talents. It’s time to enlist some professional help. Before a contractor can begin a project, a new space design must be created. Even the architect will need some direction before he or she can draw up the construction plans. Enter the “interior designer.” Here are a few notes about this profession and some guidance to help you decide if you need one.

When you begin your search, it is essential to know whether you need an interior designer or an interior decorator. There are many similarities between the two, but some significant differences. Interior design is the science of understanding the homeowner’s behaviors to create more functional rooms. It includes an analysis of the house’s walls, floors, and existing floorplan. The designer works closely with an architect and has a good understanding of the construction field. Its related field, interior decorating, is the furnishing or adorning a space with decorative elements to achieve a certain aesthetic. Interior designers may decorate, but decorators do not design. In short, designers enhance both the function and look of a room.

When it comes to remodeling projects, interior designers analyze the building shell of the home and its occupants’ lifestyle. They seek to apply creative and technical solutions within those confines to enhance the home’s beauty, functional use, and practicality. Designers are skilled in spatial planning to efficiently use all available space. The most creative and talented designers can create layouts that expand the existing areas or capture space previously underutilized. An innovative designer can envision new floor plans and layouts within the existing walls to create an entirely new home inside. When they coordinate with the architect who will draw up the exact plans for configuration and dimensions, and the contractor who will do the construction, they help achieve the desired result. If a designer has done their job correctly, ultimately, it will improve the occupants’ quality of life in their home.

When hiring an interior designer, keep in mind that the profession requires specific schooling and training. They should know and understand color, fabric, computer-aided design, space planning, furniture, and architecture. In some states, they are required to pass an exam and register with a governing council. When you interview to hire, ask potential candidates about their schooling, professional affiliations, and experience. Always request to view a portfolio of their most recent work and obtain references.

Ultimately, who you should hire depends on your needs. If structural changes to the home are needed, an interior designer is generally the better choice. But suppose you only need aesthetic help with projects such as choosing paint, furnishings, lighting, window treatments, and decorative accents. In that case, an interior decorator will probably do the trick.

Turn Key Homes LLC offers many professional services in addition to home building and remodeling, and contacting us is a great place to start. Call Turnkey Homes, LLC today at (920) 470-4315, or contact us at, to find out how we can help you with your remodeling process.