Other than this elite niche segment of the society, I personally think that money is hard-earned and it deserves careful expenditure. But you need to weigh the money spent in a few perspectives.
WHAT HAPPENS OTHERWISE
If you are going to an Interior Designer, it is assumed that you want good work done which should stand out and deliver you better results than the ordinary.
The Interior Designer is a professional who is an expert in handling such projects and knows what works and what doesn’t. You need to allow him/her enough freedom to design the space. So ideally once you have defined your requirements with him, it is advisable that you should not intervene too much. Just relax and let him do the work.
Internet and especially GOOGLE has provided you with too many options. But actually these options not just confuse you… they SPOIL you!!! You go far from your REALITY. The images shown may not exactly get replicated in your case. A mix and match from different images may not always work in your favor. So what you are left with is half-baked recipes…. Are you really willing to risk your money on something which may not really look like designer stuff…..??????
The money you spend on the designer’s consultancy fee is equivalent to what you would have actually either wasted in time spent in vain or materials wasted due to repetitive changes. So hiring a professional interior designer is worth every rupee.