Tradespeople and suppliers are some of the best ‘resources’ that an Interior Designer can have.

In speaking with a plumbing supplier yesterday, I was disappointed to hear that some of the Interior Designers that he deals with are reluctant to take on-board his professional advice regarding the suitability of fixtures and fittings for certain applications.

One example that was provided was that a designer had opted for a kitchen tap for use over a bath tub. It was explained to the designer that this tap was not the best option as it would take approximately 30 minutes to fill a bathtub with water. The designer responded by saying that it was aesthetically the best option for their design – never mind the poor client!

As Interior Design professionals it’s impossible for us to know the ins and outs of each and every fixture and fitting in the marketplace at all times (because it changes so frequently), this is where the knowledge and expertise of our tradespeople and suppliers is so critical and we need to listen to what they have to say to ensure that we are providing our clients with the best design possible, both functionally and aesthetically.

If we fail to do this, then in my opinion our designs cannot be successful, and not only that we risk looking unprofessional and foolish.

Tradies and suppliers are a wealth of experience and knowledge, and this is a message that I aim to instill in all of the students that I have the priviledge of teaching.




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