Interior Designer vs. Contractor

Ahhh, yes…the interior designer vs. contractor debate.

Who gives better design?


This is such a hot topic these days, especially since many contractors fancy themselves as “design-build” firms, yet they lack an actual interior designer!  Sure, if you’ve done a few kitchens, or bathrooms, you may feel confident enough to go out there and give “good” advice.  Go for it.  You may end up with something like this:

Contractor Bathroom

Hmmm…where to start?

We came across this photo on a design group that we are a part of with the caption: “this is the look you get when you don’t hire an interior designer and the contractor makes your selections.”

Ain’t that the truth.

The role of an interior designer is so much more than just decorating.  Actually, we are involved in creating design and navigating the construction of a space, not just charging lots of money (if only it were that easy!).  Look at the above photo, the clients hired a contractor for a bathroom “refresh.”  How many of you have done the same?  Now, we’re certain that the client probably said that they loved the look of “wood tile,” and look at that wood tile!  And let’s throw a few more ideas: granite, wood, a bathtub, chrome, and the list goes on and on.  I’m also sure that the contractor said they could make that look happen.

Think again.

Truthfully, the role of an interior designer is often overlooked by many trades, contractors and clients as being important or being integral to a project.  How could we have helped this project?  I’m sure we would work with contrasting surfaces (think white marble or quartz for counters), play with scale (the tiles would be smaller on the walls rather than the same size as the floor and tub surround), and figure out a better way to get into the tub!

Now, don’t get us wrong, we aren’t here to put down all contractors, or design-build firms, rather we are here to educate.  As interior designers, we’re not here to tell you how to build things, nor build them for you.  So, contractors leave the designing to us…we make such a great team when we work together.  See, your bathroom could look like this:

See, we make your work sing!  Contact us today to work on your master bathroom renovation, or to work with your contractor to ensure that it all just works.

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