The modern idea of identity is a far cry from what our grandparents experienced. We are constantly sold the idea that we can be and/or own anything. It’s the age of the narcissist and with the prevalence of information at our fingertips everybody is an expert at every topic. Except when they’re not!
Interior design is possibly one of the best examples of this trend. When we ask ourselves “what in our lives reflects who we are as individuals” many would say friends and family, but after this it’s more about the aesthetic. The prime example being our home. It reflects passions, priorities, hobbies, creativity amongst a plethora of other aspects of who we are. Why shouldn’t we choose the colours, textures and angles that
reflect the best version of ourselves? Can some jumped up designer with a degree tell me something about myself that I don’t already know!?
To work with the best interior designers in huntington beach, ca one has to develop a strong relationship based on trust. Many people are simply not good at working with others or have trust issues. Others have pride as a hindrance. But for the DIY interior designer there are many pitfalls of not working with a qualified professional.
Firstly there is a misconception that going it alone will save you money. Whilst that may seem logical at first you must remember professionals are in the trade and know where best to source and how much things cost from the outset. Their relationship with brands, manufacturers and distributors are worth their weight in gold and you can’t simply buy that. This leads us neatly on to our second point: it’s impossible to put a price on time and effort and when going solo whole days can go by trying to get the right pillows to compliment the bed you’ve chosen. This is classically known as “can’t see wood for the trees” syndrome whereby one is so deeply immersed in the project and in one’s own head
it becomes almost impossible to be objective.
For top professionals design is not just a job, it’s a way of life and a vocation. They live for the nuance in colour, they envisage which two textures will work together because they’ve tried it. There is simply no substitute for hours on the job. Any successful artist will tell you that and that is what Interior design is. An art form that seamlessly combines aesthetic prowess with practicality. This coupled with the ability to develop a strong relationship with the client to tease out the idiosyncrasies that define who they are and transfer it to the space. The designer is not simply painting by numbers or producing something for a magazine photoshoot. The designer is exposing the character and taste you already have and honing it to present the best version of yourself in your home.
In conclusion I think when it comes to the exciting, yet somewhat daunting decision to employ a professional or go it alone sit down with a loved one, a big pad of paper and be prepared to put in the preparation and budgeting for money and time before you even begin so you can show the world who you are with your home.