3 things a designer brings

3 things a designer brings

Ever wondered if your project really needs a designer? Check out these three important things that a designer can deliver.


Layout is fundamental to connecting the look of a space with its function. A designer brings a deep, technical understanding of how details affect layout. Layout includes the relationships between all the large and small elements of a space. In a renovation project, this can include aspects like lighting plans and room openings, in a smaller redesign project, it focuses on coordinating the use with the existing space.


Which materials you use for your project are significant to both its final look and its durability. A designer knows which materials to splurge on and which to save on to get the most out of your budget. This can help you avoid costly mistakes. They can also narrow down the sometimes overwhelming number of choices into a few options that best suit your style, needs, and budget.

A fresh perspective

A designer brings a fresh but practiced eye to your space. Sometimes a relatively small change can have a big impact on how well your space functions and how good it feels. Designers have the knowledge that helps identify these opportunities quickly.

An art studio Redesign

To give an example of these three things, I'm giving a quick overview of the small redesign project I did for my husband's art studio. It was functioning, although a bit cramped, and he was unsure if I should spend the time redesigning it. I, on the other hand, knew how much better it could be and so I forged ahead. Here is a picture of the before:

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Art Room Before

Lenore Brooks

The space was large enough to make a good art studio, but lacked effective storage for both art and art-supplies. It also had a terrible layout, making projects difficult to begin and put away.

The budget for this project included enough for new furniture that could create both storage and a countertop (along the lefthand side, below). I also redesigned the closet area, turning the floor space into a work area and the shelf above into dedicated art storage.

My husband had not thought of working "in" the closet, which sounds rather unappealing when you say it. But the finished result is functional, appealing, and in the end, he makes much more use of it than before!

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Art Room After

Lenore Brooks

Your project does not have to be big in scope to make a big difference in your space! If you are in Kitchener Waterloo and thinking about changing your space, check out my full design services, or for smaller projects, my decorating services which offer redesign, materials, and layout consultations.