Top 5 Misconceptions About Interior Design

Like many other professions involving art and style, the interior design industry is awash with stereotypes, misconceptions and myths. Many people don’t seem to understand what an interior designer does or what the design process entails.

At Reflective Designer, we fully understand the value of interior design and would hate for anyone to miss out on experiencing professionally designed interiors because of a few unfounded beliefs. So, let’s set the record straight by debunking five of these common myths.

Myth 1: Hiring an Interior Designer Breaks the Bank

TV shows and other media portray interior design as an expensive way to decorate living and working spaces with exotic materials, designer furniture and rare art pieces. Well, this is totally wrong — interior design is not reserved only for the rich. In fact — and this might come as a surprise — hiring a professional designer can actually save you money.

We help our clients make well-informed purchase decisions and avoid costly design mistakes. We work with what you have to bring out the desired results, even on a stiff budget.

Myth 2: Interior Design Only Works on Big Spaces

If you believe that your home or office is too small for an interior designer's time and effort, you're wrong; if anything, you should hire a designer to make the best use of the available space. For the most part, a designer's job involves overcoming constraints in transforming even the most challenging spaces into cozy, appealing living or working havens.

It doesn’t matter your building’s square footage; it can still benefit from a professional design service. You may not end up with wide open spaces in a small home or office, but you will be amazed at what a designer can achieve with a bit of careful space planning.

Myth 3: The Designer Calls All the Shots

Are you one of those people who think that the designers only push their own vision of a perfect interior? The truth is, we never let our preferences take over the client's taste. We understand that every interior is supposed to reflect the personality of the owner or the brand’s image, and no designer will stand in the way of that.

It never matters what we want; our job is to help you realize the layout and décor that best describe who you are as a brand and the appeal or mood you intend to relay. In the end, everything we do falls perfectly in line with your choices and preferences.

Myth 4: Interior Design Is All About Décor and Colors

Many people are confused about what interior designers actually do. Some believe that we only work on fabrics, colors and decorations. That’s not entirely true — all that is only a small part of the job. Our line of work covers many different professions, including space planning, light balancing, functionality and practicality design, bathroom and kitchen design, window treatment and general aesthetics. Every facet of the design process requires a unique skill set and expertise. The scope of the design really depends on the results you’re hoping for and your imagination.

Myth 5: Interior Design Means Ditching All Your Old Stuff

Modernization and design are two different things. Designing an interior does not necessarily mean throwing away any of your old stuff and starting from scratch. There’s nothing wrong with drawing design inspiration and ideas from modern trends and fashion, but good designs can still be timeless. So, don't think about getting new furniture, knocking down walls or re-laying the floorboards to create your dream interior.

Hopefully, we have opened your eyes to the reality of interior design. Reflective Designer is only a phone call away if you need to liven up your workplace or home with a professional touch. We offer color consultation, space planning, furniture selection and other design-related services to homeowners and businesses in Boston, MA and Phoenix, AZ.