What's the Difference Between an Interior Designer and an Interior Design Consultant?
Updated: Jul 20
Both are trained in the discipline of interior design but each have a different approach. I’ll explain.
Interior Designers tend to take over the management of an entire project. They use their own suppliers, contractors and tradespeople to present the client with a completed project. All that, understandably, comes at a healthy price and is a perfect fit for some.
As an Interior Design Consultant, I enable my client/s to progress through their own design journey. I offer my professional knowledge and experience to advise the client on how they can achieve their design goals at their own pace rather than me doing it all for them. This is a more accessible option for those who want to be involved in the evolution of their home plus it’s easier on the budget.
Do I need an interior designer?
Not everyone feels comfortable making design decisions about their home. If you haven’t dealt with tradespeople before, feel overwhelmed with choices or you just don’t know where to start you can end up doing nothing at all. Perhaps you’ve found a photo in a magazine or online that you like, and you make a start but then get a little lost along the way. You give up! For you, my friend, an interior design service would be a true asset.
The next question is often ‘Can I afford an interior designer?’ If you choose the right service for you – and the right person – YES. Not only will you achieve a far more elevated result, but you can actually save money, time and stress in the long run. By ‘right service’ I am referring to choosing between an interior designer and an interior design consultant (like me).
Which leads me to a mini-intro…
My consultancy service was born from years of friends and family asking me for my advice on their interiors. I’d never considered doing it for a living until more recently and if you’ve read my ‘Home’ page you’ll know I’ve been doing up properties for years as a side hustle. Plus, I have a string of qualifications aside from interior design such as hairdressing and floristry. The point is, I’m absolutely a creative person, I love working with people and I want to enable others to have wonderful homes that they can be proud of.
Being a consultant allows me to work with my clients allowing them to be involved creatively and even carry out their own DIY tasks while I bring the expertise (and trade discounts!) I love the collaborative process and as with many things – having an expert on your team will make all the difference.