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The Differences Between Interior Designers, Interior Decorators And Just Plain Old DIY

Author : Sandy Cosser

The cheapest of the options will almost always be DIY, unless you mess it up so badly that a professional has to save you. But it depends on the type of project. For example, decorating your home carries a lower risk than, say, installing a bath tub yourself. Most people settle for DIY home decorating solutions and some of the time it works but other times you end up making much less of the space than you could have with professional help. It’s not that you lack creativity or have no vision it’s just that professionals usually have a magic touch that turns an ordinary room into a space that inspires you, calms you or brings people together.

I have to admit that I have never been in someone’s home that they have decorated themselves and felt inspired by their use of the space. Sometimes it doesn’t even reflect their personality at all, and that is simply because we don’t all have a knack for decorating. I’ve always thought that the homes where people did bring in their own personality are better, even if their design taste is different to mine, the fact that they personalized the space makes it unique and memorable.

Now imagine taking that and not only making a space personal, but also getting the colours, fixtures, furniture, flooring, lighting and everything else to work together to make your vision so much clearer. A little professional style never hurt anybody. Granted, not many of us can afford an interior decorator to help choose the right things to go with our vision, much less an interior designer that recreates a whole space. But if you can afford it the end result will be worth the expert’s fee. You can’t really put a price on feeling inspired and relaxed in your home.

So there you have the first step to the home of your dreams: enough money. It seems disheartening to pay someone to tell you how to spend your money, but finding the right designer for you will make all of the difference. It’s good to be clear on your likes and dislikes when it comes to decorating so they have an idea of where to start. When you first meet with a designer or decorator and they seem over bearing and ignore your likes and dislikes, that’s an indication that they’re not the designer for you. From your side, you need to relinquish control; do not oversee everything like a hawk, but let the expert do their thing once you’ve established that they know (and will incorporate) what you want.

An interior designer from London talks about the initial reaction that one of his clients had to his idea of a black, gold and fuchsia lounge and TV room. They were very apprehensive, but once he got to work they loved it. This is because the designer takes the clients into account before starting. He says he looks at how they live, what they like, their inspirations, what they eat and what their hobbies are.

For businesses that receive clients interior design is invaluable. If you want clients to return, you have to create a space that suits the brand as this is the first thing they will associate with a place they’ve been. Think of your favourite restaurant and how the space makes you feel or how much more positive the energy can be in an inspiring, practical office space compared to a drab cubicle with off-white walls and old posters.

For people who are very busy interior designers make life a lot easier. If you’re not the richest family on the block, but you feel you just can’t get out of your design rut and need help, hiring an interior decorator for an hour or two can give you the direction and motivation you need to make your home a space you want to be in. Decorators can often get discounts on furniture. People who have a hard time staying on top of clutter can also look to a designer to create solutions and extra storage space while maximizing the free space.

Your home should be an extension of your personality, but also be a retreat from the rest of the world.

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