Have you ever considered hiring an interior decorator to help decorate your home? A lot of people may think it is easy to completely redecorate their home. But – once you actually start the process, you may realize it is a lot more work that you anticipated. There are so many design options available that you may become overwhelmed with all the decisions to be made:
- Do these two items go together?
- Is this sofa going to fit?
- What paint colour do I choose?
How do you know you are making the right choice? Today I’ll share with you three reasons why it is important to invest in hiring an interior decorator.
Help to Create a Budget and Plan
A decorator will work with you to create a reasonable budget and they will ensure that you stick to that budget. Decorators will be able to tell you where to purchase the furnishings that with fit within your budget. They are very knowledgeable about the quality of the products as well. In the end, this will save you time and effort. You will save on time spent researching numerous products and pricing.
Remember – Products vary in quality and cost. They range from low end to high end.
Interior decorators will be able to provide you with a design concept so you have an idea of what the end result will look like. Whether you are provided with a formal design proposal, moodboard, or a list of suggested furnishings, you will be provided with visual of a completed design.
Obtain Advice from a Trained Eye
A major advantage to hiring a professional decorator is that you are obtaining design advice from a trained professional. Decorators are able to tell you if you are doing something right or wrong within your space. A trained eye is able to provide solutions that you may not have thought of. It is always a great idea to obtain the advice of a professional as they are seeing the space for the first time and they will consider not just the functionality of the space, but the aesthetic as well.
Ask you interior decorator where they obtained their professional expertise.
Access to a Wide Availability of Resources
Interior decorators have access to many trusted resources in the design industry. This can save you time trying to find reliable contractors, painters, stagers, etc.
Remember – It is still important that you do your due diligence and follow up on references and obtain a few quotes to help you determine which trade is best suited to work with you on your design project.
Interior decorators may also have access to items and discounts that are not necessarily available to the general public. Ask your interior decorator about any discounts they offer.
How do I know if I need an interior decorator?
If you answer “yes” to any of the questions listed below, then you really should consider hiring an interior decorator to assist you with your home décor needs.
- Do you know nothing about home décor?
- Are you and your significant other having trouble agreeing on what to do?
- When you look at paint, are there so many choices that you have no idea where to start?
- Have you purchased pieces but aren’t sure how to make them work?
What’s cost of hiring and interior decorator?
Most interior decorators in the Ottawa area charge by the hour ranging from $85 – $100+ CDN per hour for their services. This will not include the cost of furniture or hiring trades, etc.
Some interior decorators, like me, charge flat-rate fees for initial consultations and/or design proposals. The advantage of flat-rate billing is the pricing is very clear and customers know exactly how much they will be spending. Do it yourself (DIY) projects can be frustrating, so before you make any major decisions, why not consult with an interior decorator who has years of experience to ensure you spend the time, effort and money.
Hiring an interior decorator is a smart decision if you are seeking professional help to spruce up your home.