Why Hire an Interior Decorator?? Why Not??
Hiring an Interior Decorator can be one of the most practical things you do in your home.
An Interior Decorator will work with you, the client, to solve decorating dilemmas and challenges to bring out the home’s potential and best features while creating a unique, innovative and livable space which reflects your individual taste, personality and style.
Using an Interior Decorator does not have to be costly, in fact using a decorator can stop costly mistakes. And in the long run, clients can end up saving money and time. In summary – You don’t need a big budget to hire a decorator or to have a beautiful home. The secret to creating a high end look without the price tag is to combine a few less expensive materials with one extravagant accent.
Most people have good taste, but are too busy, with little time, to source exactly what they would love for their home. They are limited to resources available to the public only. Using a decorator enables clients to have access to products not available to the general public, have one of a kind design and a custom look. Decorators have access to hundreds of choices in all areas of home décor which in turn offers the client unique and exclusive design. Decorators have the technical knowledge needed to bring about great design. It is extremely important for clients to be informed about the products they select with respect to care required or the ease of use .
With so much variety these days, the search for anything new can become very daunting and in the end the client can just “settle” for something as they are frustrated with the amount of “foot work” involved to select the perfect products. A decorator works in partnership with the client to offer innovative and desirable results suited to the client and to maximize the home’s potential. A decorator gives guidance and the services provided can offer little involvement or total involvement on the client’s part as desired.
A decorator has no emotional tie to the home; allowing for an objectivity when making decorating choices. A decorator meets with the client, gets to know the type of style they want; their likes and dislikes in home décor and their lifestyle, by asking detailed questions; and then responds to their needs by beginning to source the products to present. Usually there are several choices and finally the client along with the decorator will zero in on the look they want. The decorator continues to source the selections can arrange for trades people and do the overall project management of the redecorating or redesign required.
How do we create that perfect space?
There are many variables involved – the correct use of colour, textures, lighting along with space planning and creative furniture placement, in order to maximize rooms to their best potential.
Colour and lighting; whether natural or artificial can impact on how we feel in the space. By using cool or warm hues we create a feeling for the space. A variety of textures add interest and depth to the space. There is no right or wrong opinion about neutrals vs. colour; it’s all a matter of applying the colour in an appropriate manner.
Decorators are able to create functional yet fabulous designs, both being equally important. A decorator can lend that polished look, with attention to details, creative lighting, custom millwork and window treatments.
A decorator creates innovative designs, manipulating the scale of furnishings and prioritizing features for both function and style, especially in small spaces. A decorator can transform your space into the dream you have always envisioned. A decorator can take your ideas, make suggestions and in the end transform them into a perfect space.
An Interior Decorator can offer a full range of residential design options such as Color Consultations, Space Planning, Furniture Selection, Custom Draperies and Soft Furnishings, Flooring, Wall Coverings, Kitchen and Bath Planning, New home specifications and preparing the home for Resale, as well as Selection of Artwork and Accessories. A decorator can assist in the Refreshing of a room by Repurposing and Repositioning pieces to create a new look.
There is great deal of flexibility when working with an Interior Decorator. A decorator will work with you to develop a decorating plan and establish a realistic budget. Any project can be broken down into manageable pieces to be completed at a later date.
Ultimately an Interior Decorator’s job is to add the icing to the cake.
by jeannette wisby
Bronte Villager, Spring 2007