10 Misconceptions About Interior Design

At Niche Design House, our mission is to combine experience and quality to deliver superior interior design solutions for people across Northern Colorado. Throughout the years, we have found that many are hesitant to seek out service from an interior designer because of a misunderstanding about what interior design is. Our designers at Niche Design House are committed to creating unique and inspired spaces and to surpass the expectations and misconceptions about interior design.


1. My home won’t be designed with safety in mind.

Homeowners with children living in the house can be concerned about trading design features for function and safety. While interior design is largely focused on making a space look beautiful, it should never come at the sacrifice of safety and functionality. When interior design is well executed, every room feels like it has an intuitive pathway for entry and exit, and proper lighting ensures that guests can make their way throughout the house safely.

2. Interior designers just pick out fabric.

Interior design is different than interior decorating. An interior decorator’s commitment begins and ends with aesthetics, whereas an interior designer’s job involves every aspect of flow and function. It may seem that all an interior designer does is flip through a few samples of paint swatches, but that’s only the tip of the iceberg.


3. Only for large projects.

Another common misconception about interior design is that it can only be applied to large projects. While it’s true that the bigger the project is, the more of a necessity an interior designer becomes, the reality is that spaces of all sizes can benefit from a professional touch. It’s all about setting realistic expectations and finding a designer that suits you.

4. Only for people with large budgets.

This is one of the more common misconceptions about interior design. It’s true, you can very easily find interior design firms that are more than willing to inflate costs with extravagant markups and unnecessary features. This paints interior designers as a sort of car salesman for the home, and it couldn’t be farther from the truth. In reality, an interior designer is there to lend their experience and help shave costs where it makes sense so that you can realize your dreams at a reasonable budget.


5. A contractor can be consulted as an interior designer.

To a layperson, the jobs of a contractor, architect, engineer, and interior designer seem similar. While all four need to consider the elements of function, safety, and appearance in various capacities, only an interior designer has the knowledge and skill set to apply the finishing touches that fuse style with function and turn your house into a home.


6. I’ll lose control over the design of my own home with an interior designer.

While this is a valid concern, the actual experience of working with an interior designer is much more akin to having a teammate or coach working with you. It’s not to say that stubborn interior designers don’t exist, as there are difficult to deal with people in all fields. But the right interior designer will be adept at letting your own personal taste flow through them and into the home.

7. Interior designers fail to consider everyday use.

A home can’t feel like a home if you have to sidestep around a beautiful end table every time you walk from your favorite living room chair and into the kitchen. Interior designers know this, and function and everyday use are weighed just as heavily as color schemes and fabrics.


8. Interior design can be done quickly.

Due to all of the different elements that go into quality interior design, a slower time frame is best if you want to guarantee a stellar finished product. Popular home makeover shows have created an unrealistic expectation for how fast projects can be completed. While a short deadline doesn’t ensure failure, it does create an unnecessary obstacle for you and your designer.

9. Interior designers only mimic what’s trendy.

The range of design styles and combinations are limited only by your imagination, and the interior designer you choose should be excited to explore new concepts. If you have a taste for British colonial architecture and an equal affinity for the Greek Isles, there’s no reason why those elements can’t be combined tastefully through the expertise of your interior designer.


10. The finished product will be too feminine.

Due mainly to the portrayal of interior designers in the media, the public seems to stereotype interior designers as being either high-maintenance women or gay men. This is just false. If you want to let your masculine energy shine through into your home, an interior designer is just as capable of masculinizing it as he or she is of making the space feminine.


Hopefully, our shedding light on these common misconceptions about interior design will give you a more accurate understanding of what an interior designer can do.

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