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5 Attributes of a Professional Designer or Architect

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The internet is full of people who claim a professional knack for design, an eye for color, and the ability to create a space that is beautiful as well as functional. With these many choices available, it pays to not be too hasty in deciding upon a designer or architect to design the flow and function of your home. Let’s take a look at a few attributes of genuinely great designers who can take your ideas from good to stunning.

1. They’re Really Listen

Even though they are the designer, you are simultaneously the director and the muse of your home. To be able to create a space that excites you as well as makes you feel calm and at home, any designer worth their salt will hang on your every word during consultative sessions. Don’t be put off if they ask you to elaborate on a point in your input — they’re genuinely trying to understand the feelings you want to experience in certain sections. If they don’t ask many questions or act as though they know what is best for you before listening, this may be a sign that you’re about to be presented with an unoriginal idea that does not match your space via an amateur designer.

2. They Work With Larger Concepts and Themes

The sign of a good designer is the ability to pair and blend colors, build out the function of a space, and work with existing elements. The sign of a truly great designer is the ability to make a space exude a specific ambiance. Like a terrific piece of music that captures your emotions without you being able to put your finger on precisely why it moves you, so too should your designer be able to orchestrate the attributes that resonate with you within a space.

3. They Value Simplicity

Any designer can cram endless amounts of accessories, furniture, and changes into a room until they feel that it is right. A professional designer will have a honed eye for what, when removed, will enhance the space. In many instances, less is more, and having a designer that understands this will not only save you time and energy, but also money in the long run.

4. They Lean into Consistency

Like an art gallery, pieces are usually curated with a common theme in mind as a means of providing seamless flow and order to the viewer’s experience. The theme of your home should also reflect the consistent nature of your taste. When a designer fails to tap into your essence or simply fails to listen to your input correctly, the flow of your home will suffer. A true professional doesn’t rely on the aesthetic appeal and function of one space, but instead understands how different areas of the home play off one another. They will be able to weave the tapestry that is your home rather than awkwardly assembling ill-fitting quilt patches. The result will be a fluid design that you will relish for years to come.

5. They Won’t Fear Risks

Professional designers understand that they’re not usually hired by people who simply want to “play it safe.” If that were the case, most of their designs would be relatively benign and boring. Instead, a designer confident in their abilities will likely present a few ideas that may seem overly abstract or over the top. While some may use these ideas to gauge your comfort level with specific themes, colors, or concepts, you should keep an open mind, so you don’t miss an excellent opportunity to take your design from good to great. Some ideas will be ultimately out in left field, but the right risky idea may be a home run.


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