If you think interior design is just for women, think again. Men regularly hire decorators and designers. Why would a man hire a designer to put together his home?
1. Time is Money. Hiring a decorator makes sense if your time is already filled with work, fun, and family. Unless you have a secret desire to be an interior designer, learning the skills and techniques of putting a home together will just be a drain on your time and energy. The men who hire designers are pragmatic people who know that they just want it done, and are ready to put the right pros to work.
2. Money is Money. Successful business people always hire the right person for the job, and they hire people that are better at the task than the boss. This applies equally to hiring professionals in the home. From a practical perspective it makes more sense to let a designer put together the bathroom remodel and to get a good contractor to execute it, and to let the business-owner run his company. Unless the CEO is looking for a new hobby, spinning his wheels trying to put together a remodel while neglecting his company is just bad business.
3. Home as Castle. For many men, especially businessmen and entrepreneurs, the home is a marker of achievement. This is especially true if clients or colleagues come over to the home regularly, as the house can either create a feeling of pride, or a feeling of embarrassment, depending on who is visiting. Having a tasteful and inviting home doesn’t necessarily require blowing the budget, but it does require a plan to create a cohesive and well-executed look.
4. Home as Refuge. A relaxing and comfortable home is a perfect antidote to a long and stressful day at work, and men want a comfortable castle every bit as women do. Creating a comfortable home when that is not your skill set can just add stress to your life. Hiring a pro will get the job done faster and more easily, and the goal of having a comfortable refuge will be met.
Men who hire a designer know that resources should be spent in ways that maximize return on investment, and that doing-it-yourself only makes sense if you have the skills and interest to do it. Men approach life, and decorating, with a sense of pragmatism and intention that sometimes seems to supersede the emotional aspects of nesting, but that doesn’t mean they don’t care what their home looks like. They’re not going to want throw pillows unless they are convinced that those throw pillows are useful, function is a priority, and comfort is key. But men want a comfortable, tasteful home as much as women, and many are smart enough to bring in the pros to make it happen.