Four Misconceptions About Interior Design

From HGTV shows to the beautiful photography of projects you find online, misconceptions about interior design are common. The internet and DIYers have made many people believe anyone with a good eye can be a designer. There is so much that goes into being a good interior designer, from a core formal education to the supplemental training we constantly take to stay current on trends.

Designers need to be both analytical and creative to design projects successfully. Our job is to think about all the small details and present our clients with options that would have otherwise been unavailable. It takes years to build our lists of vendors and referrals needed to bring our vision to life. 

Our design team likes to describe ourselves as networking divas because we know a lot of people in the industry. Here are some common misconceptions about interior designers and the industry. 

1. Interior designers and decorators are the same thing.

The two terms are easily interchangeable and misused in the same way. It requires years of study, practice, and experience to create the projects that our team designs. Designers are trained to understand people’s behavior and create functional and beautiful spaces. Decorators and stylists are typically self-taught and do not require a formal education. Designers can decorate, but decorators cannot design.

2. No technical knowledge is required.

Coton House offers a wide range of services to make your home design dreams come true. We’ve got you covered, from finish selections for new builds and remodels to furniture and accessory selections, window treatments, and more. Our talented designers will work with you to create a space that reflects your unique style and meets your budget. But it doesn’t stop there – we also offer additional services like reviewing contractor bids, providing architectural plan feedback, and assisting with property flips. We pride ourselves on our attention to detail and commitment to making the process seamless for our clients. Plus, we have a network of trusted vendor partners to ensure we can meet all your needs. So whether you’re a homeowner looking to transform your space or searching for a reliable design partner, we’re here.

3. Interior designers push our clients to our vision, and we don’t listen to what they want.

Unfortunately, we’ve had this brought up by clients who have worked with other designers. Our team is committed to listening to our clients and asking questions to ensure we design a space they will love and function for them and their families. When we visit our clients’ homes, we are not there to judge you; we are looking for things to improve upon for your home.

We will offer our expertise and educate when the client wants something that does not make sense for their budget, the functionality of the space, or the design. If the client wants to proceed with their decision afterward, we will support and carry out that plan. Our team enjoys watching our client’s reactions when they see the outcome, and we hear that they use their home better and can entertain more.

4. All designer’s homes are perfect.

We see news concepts and products every day, making decisions for ourselves especially difficult. We spend so much time making our clients’ homes perfect that we have little time to do so for ourselves. 

We hope this gives you some insight into how we can help you with your next project. Don’t hesitate to reach out with questions. Our design team would love to assist you with your next project.


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