Should I Hire An Interior Designer for My Custom Home?

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Should I Hire An Interior Designer for My Custom Home?

When you consider the countless hours, resources, and money that are invested in the entire luxury custom home experience, the interior design is what brings the entire project together.  Some homeowners are under the misconception that interior design should come after the home is built. Nothing could be further from the truth! In this article, we’ll review some of the ways an interior designer can help bring your custom home build to a beautiful finish.

WHY Hire an Interior Designer

I remember a client that came to us, a few years ago, with architectural drawings in hand, and ready to build a 6,000 square foot home. The project went smoothly, was finished on-time, and the keys were handed over. A short time later, the client called to ask if we could enlarge the master bedroom. I was surprised and asked them what they were looking to accomplish? She explained that they had some family heirloom furniture that was overcrowding the space and either they would have to get rid of some of the furniture or enlarge the space. An interior designer would almost certainly have vetted this requirement out early in the design process.

Another client moved into their new home and realized that there were no feature walls suited to showcase some of their extensive artwork collection. Both of these stories demonstrate the value of working with an interior designer, as part of the design process.

WHEN To Hire An Interior Designer

Let’s use a quick analogy to illustrate how an interior designer can help – let’s say you are in the market to buy a luxury boat. You determine the brand, size, overall length, and mechanical specifications. Do you wait until the boat is completely manufactured and delivered to determine the color of the hull, seats, carpet, cabinetry or countertops? No! Of course not, all of that is discussed during the design phase before the boat is ordered. So, why would you reverse the process when buying an even larger luxury item, like a custom home?

It makes a lot of sense to include the interior designer as part of the overall design process so that proper thought can be given to design elements, furnishings, room sizes, and other details, while the overall design is being considered.  An interior designer can often provide valuable input and enhance your overall vision and goals. They are also adept at considering your current furnishings and design elements and integrating them with the new space. A well-informed and experienced designer will typically help you with material and finish selections, lighting, flooring, and more!


Just like the architect and builder, the interior designer should work collaboratively with you and your builder.  After all, the goal is to provide you, the homeowner, with the best experience and the most beautifully crafted home possible. Your interior designer can serve as a valuable resource and guide to take a beautifully built space and transform it into a home that is uniquely yours. The interior designer can add the finishing touches that bring the custom home building experience full-circle to enhance your home and lifestyle.

Ask your builder or architect for recommendations on interior designers they have worked within the past or search for licensed ASID design professionals here. You won’t regret it!

If you are thinking about building your once-in-a-lifetime custom luxury home, be sure to download our FREE ebook: “Designing & Building Your Custom Dream Home: How to Create an Experience You’ll Love to Remember.”  We also have a library of resources and checklists available for your review.  Are you ready to get started? Contact Mueller Homes today, and let’s schedule a discovery meeting.

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