When should I involve an interior designer?

Embarking on the journey to transform your home or space is both exciting and daunting. The vision of a perfectly curated home, where every detail resonates with your personality and lifestyle, requires more than just a keen eye for decor — it requires expertise, creativity, and strategic planning. This is where the invaluable role of an interior designer comes into play. But when is the right time to enlist their help? Understanding the optimal moments to engage an interior designer can make all the difference when it comes to achieving a harmonious, functional, and beautiful home that you’ll be proud of for years to come.

Loft Apartment, Little C. Interiors by Studio At No. 11

1. As early as possible (at the very start of your project!)

The ideal time to bring an interior designer on board is right at the very beginning of your project. Whether you are building a new home, undergoing a renovation, or even just redecorating a room, early involvement ensures a cohesive design plan (and actually saves time in the long run). Interior designers can collaborate with architects and contractors from the beginning, providing insights that influence structural decisions, space planning, and overall aesthetics. Our expertise can help avoid costly mistakes and ensure that your vision is seamlessly integrated into the architectural framework of your home or business. This also means a lot less stress for you.

Certain design projects require specialised knowledge and skills. Whether you are designing your home office, a wellness retreat, your business, or a bespoke kitchen, interior designers bring expertise that goes way beyond aesthetics. We can advise on the latest trends, materials, and technologies, ensuring that your space is equipped with the best solutions, plus our professional connections also grant you access to exclusive resources, suppliers, and craftsmen.

2. If you’re lacking a clear vision (or have too many ideas!)

If you find yourself overwhelmed by the multitude of design options, Pinterest overwhelm or are just unsure about how to translate your taste into a cohesive style, an interior designer can be your trusted guide. We will help to translate your preferences into a clear and coherent design narrative. By truly taking time to understand your lifestyle and living space needs, we create personalised spaces that reflect these things. We can help bring clarity to the creative process, helping you make informed decisions that align with your brief (and if you’re not quite sure of that brief, we can help you format that too!)

Before and After, Bathroom, Amsterdam Canal House by Studio At No. 11

3. During major life changes

Many of my clients get in touch when they have just moved into a new home, welcomed a new addition to their family, or are downsizing after their children have left the nest. Significant life events and changes often prompt the need for interior design advice. Studio At No. 11 can help adapt your living spaces to accommodate your new reality. Our extensive experience in handling various projects allow us to anticipate challenges and propose innovative solutions that cater to your evolving needs.

If your space is not working for you — which could be due to poor layout, lack of storage, or inefficient use of space — an interior designer can revolutionise your environment. We assess your living habits and design needs, crafting spaces that are not only visually appealing but also highly functional. From custom cabinetry to optimised layouts, our solutions enhance the usability of your home, meaning you’ll enjoy your space every day.

4. To maximise your investment

Hiring an interior designer is an investment that pays off. Well-designed spaces not only enhance the quality of your life (every single day), but will also increase the value of your property. Whether you are planning to sell, now or in the future, or just want to ensure that your home remains a valuable asset, an interior designer’s expertise can significantly boost that. We understand what potential buyers look for and can tailor your space to meet those expectations, making your property more attractive in this competitive real estate market.

Rotterdam Apartment by Studio At No.11

5. Reduce time and stress

Designing a home can be a time-consuming and stressful endeavour. Juggling design decisions, managing budgets, and coordinating with contractors can quickly become overwhelming. An interior designer will streamline the whole process, handling the myriad of fine details that go into creating your space. Our project management skills help to ensure that timelines are met and issues are minimised. By entrusting your project to a professional, you can focus on enjoying the transformation rather than getting bogged down by the logistics!


Knowing when to get an interior designer involved is key to achieving a home that is both beautiful and functional. From the initial stages of planning to addressing specific needs and maximising your investment, this level of expertise is invaluable. 

Working with an interior designer, and involving us as early as possible, can transform your vision into reality, crafting spaces that resonate with your lifestyle. So, whether you are starting fresh or seeking to revitalise your current surroundings, consider these benefits of professional design assistance. The result will be a home that is not only stunning but also perfectly attuned to your way of life (take a look at what our clients say here).