5 Reasons You Need a Commercial Interior Designer

If you are considering a new space, you’ve probably hit the internet searching for ideas or inspiration. With the explosion of information available online you may be tempted to take on the interior portion of a project yourself.  We’ll explain why hiring a professional is the best move to make.  Here are our top 5 reasons you should hire a commercial interior designer:

1. Experience Saves Money

A certified interior designer has a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in interior design, at least two years of experience working under another certified designer/architect, and has passed a rigorous three-part qualification exam.  We are knowledgeable about ADA and other building codes including egress requirements.  In our years working in the field, we have learned so many things along the way that will ultimately save you time and money.  We’ll keep you in budget and on schedule with your architect and builder.  Don’t have an architect or builder?  That’s ok, too. We’ve worked with a variety of professionals and know which are the best to use.  We also recognize what vendors offer quality products and honor their warranties. 

2. It's not as easy as it looks

Undertaking a renovation is hard.  There are so many decisions to make, so many contractors with questions, and so many products and materials to choose from.  After a few months of planning, the excitement can wear off and decisions become overwhelming.  Because we LOVE what we do, each-and-every phase of a project is exciting to us!  Working alongside a professional that is passionate about your project will carry you past that slump to the finish line.  A good interior designer will help you select the right finishes for your space, think outside the box, and give you some ideas that you may not have thought of yourself.  It's important to find products that not only look good and represent your brand, but also perform well under the wear and tear of a commercial space. At Dovetail, we can even provide you with 3D renderings so you can visualize your space before construction ever begins, giving you peace of mind that you're making the right decisions.  Even if you are a creative person, it's a good idea to work with an interior designer to help confirm that you are making wise choices.  We will develop a plan for your space that is functional, safe, accessible and meets local building codes.

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3. Furniture needs to fit

When you look at the plan of your building, it can be difficult to understand the sizes of each room.  We will create scaled furniture layouts based on your needs to ensure the most efficient use of space.  There is also the need to coordinate electrical outlets, data locations and thermostat placement with the furniture, art and signage layout. We can also recommend the best commercial furniture manufacturer based on your budget and functional requirements.  When considering space, budget, quality and aesthetics, along with all the options available, it can become overwhelming…we are here to help alleviate some of that stress!  And you can rest easy knowing that an independent interior designer has no financial incentive to recommend one product over another; our recommendation is simply based on your needs and goals and what we believe is the best fit for you and your company.

Photo Credit: Kimball Office

Photo Credit: Kimball Office

4. It's all about saving time

Renovating or building a space takes a lot of time.  You already have a full-time job and construction will take valuable time away from your daily obligations.  There are thousands of decisions to be made and questions to be answered, and it's likely that because it's not what you do on a regular basis, it'll take you a lot longer to make those decisions and answer those questions.  You could be spending that time making money at what you do best.  An interior designer can take on the responsibilities of the decision-making process so it is more streamlined.  We can act as liaison between you and your architect and contractors.

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5. Interiors need branding, too

It’s what everyone is talking about. In its simplest form branding is distinguishing yourself and setting yourself apart from other businesses.  Interior branding is the expression of the brand through the design of a space creating a distinctive atmosphere for its users.  You hire a graphic designer to create a logo and print materials and a website designer to create a website – an interior designer can help carry that crafted brand into your physical space.  The most immersive touchpoint is the interior because the customer is surrounded by it; a 360-degree experience of the brand.  It can set the tone for all other interactions. Read more about branding here.

We are passionate about seeing a space transformed; a design that becomes reality.  We believe the partnership between client and designer is key to a successful transformation, and to creating spaces that are functional and inspiring.  Let’s talk about realizing your ideal space!