10 reasons interior designers matter {via IIDA}

The other day I came across a great post on the IIDA’s website about why interior designers matter.  The author of the post read another post called 107 Reasons Why Architects Matter and decided that Interior Designers needed a cheerleading-type article too.

Well, it worked.  I was reminded about the reasons I do what I do, and why I love what I do.  So, without further ado, here is a Top Ten list of why interior designers matter {with some edits by yours truly, for continuity’s sake only, not edited for content!}

Top Ten Reasons Interior Designers Matter

1. [Interior designers] are a combination of engineer and artist. Not only do [they] take into account safety and economy when designing a space, but [they] also create an aesthetic that can comfort and inspire.

2. [Interior designers’] work improves the lives of others. [They] design for the homebody and the workerbee, in addition to the aged, handicapped, and infirm. Whether [they] add light to a dark interior or design a beautiful and healthy working space, [they] make a difference in the lives of others.

3. [Interior designers] are continually learning and seeking answers. [They] take CEUs, discuss problems with [their] peers and research materials. [Interior designers] know that the profession is evolving, and [they’re] evolving with it.

4. [Interior designers] don’t settle for the tried and true. [They] push boundaries and discover new and better ways of doing things.

5. [Interior designers] provide a service. [They] work with clients who typically have little to no experience in design, and [they] find a way to turn their ideas into a tangible reality.

6. [Interior designers] pay attention to details. Whether [they’re] picking which carpet to use in a hotel hallway or what color to paint a hospital wall, [they] make each seemingly small decision count for the client’s health and happiness.

7. [Interior designers] explore what sustainable design can mean in the home and workplace. [They’re] debunking myths and testing new products, and [they’re] saving clients money along the way.

8. [Interior designers] are problem solvers. Each project [they] work on is a new puzzle with a new set of challenges. [Interior designers] are in charge of making it work.

9. [Interior designers are] collaborators. [They’ve] learned the value and benefits of teamwork, and how to process and connect disparate ideas into a working whole. Even if [designers] work alone, [they’re] never really working alone. [They] have a network of peers that [they] turn to for advice and support along the way.

10. [Interior designers] work to change the public perception of Interior Designer vs. Interior Decorator. [Designers] refrain from sighing when your colleague’s friend learns you are an Interior Designer and asks you to suggest paint colors for her son’s room, and instead patiently explain qualifications, certifications and scope of experience. [Interior designers] are more than just a reality TV design stars.

So you see…. we’re much more than just “pillow fluffers” who flit about with paint deck and fabric samples in hand.