If you’ve invested a fair bit of money into your home and want to be able to showcase it at its best, you might want to invest in an Interior Decorator/Designer.  A professional decorator/designer can assist you in identifying your needs & key changes which can achieve the biggest difference in your space and give more “bang for your buck!”

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First, your Decorator/Designer will point you in the right direction to determine exactly what should be done.  Questions like… Should the wall between the kitchen & the living room be removed? Is converting the second bedroom into a larger ensuite a good idea? What kind of blinds do we need? Should we paint the trims the same color as the wall?  Without proper knowledge and advice these dilemmas can lead to costly mistakes if not given the right advice.

In today’s society most people should toss aside the idea that interior decorators/designers are only for the rich and famous.  In reality they save you a great deal of time and money!

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Let’s talk Savings…

It might sound strange that hiring someone to decorate your home would save you money since you have the additional fee of the designer, but hiring a designer/decorator can help you to avoid costly mistakes.  The most common mistake most clients make is hiring a designer/decorator only after they have already paid to have their home painted in a color that didn’t work out well for them.  It is important to remember that a Designer/Decorator experience and extensive product knowledge will not only help you save money but can increase the value of your home.  When selling your home it can help boost buyer appeal and set your home above the competition.  See Homestaging blog for the numbers.

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Home sale…

A decorator can potentially add a great deal to the aesthetic of your home, which in turn can increase showings and sales. This increased appeal can exponentially speed up the amount of time your home sits on the market before it is sold. The benefit here is two-fold, a faster turn-around time and more money in your pocket.

Another thing designers/decorators do is act as advocates for their clients and negotiate on their behalf with trades people, suppliers, and manufacturers to ensure that every purchase and installation meet with the clients satisfaction.

There is also significant money saving benefits of hiring a professional designer due to the discounts they receive. For instance a client may hire a designer to assist them with selecting new living room furniture. The designer will help the client determine the best use of space, what furniture items are required and their optimum dimensions and placement, help select the best options for materials etc, and for that service they may charge a few hundred dollars.  However, the “designer discount” professionals receive from most furniture stores will often save the client many times the cost of the design fee. Designer discounts can also apply to many other items such as, flooring, lighting, window coverings and accessories.

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Professional Advice…

A designer can give you a professional assessment of your situation, that will will lead to a solid plan of action.  For example, people often begin the process by selecting a paint color and then try to find flooring to coordinate with that paint color. However, with flooring there are a limited number of options available at any given time that will suit your needs.  Whereas, with paint, there are almost infinite options available to you, including custom color matching to help pull a space together. So finding the perfect paint color to work with your other choices will work better than the other way around.

The order of things in a design plan is key in determining what can be repurposed or should be edited.  This will not only effect the budget but help you to spend it more efficiently.   A designer offers an extra set of eyes, but these eyes are trained to see and notice things that you may not.

A professional Interior Decorator/Designer will develop a project plan that will best accomplish your personal goals and help you to work within a realistic budget.

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Liasion…

A designer/decorator will be able to build a stronger bridge between you and your architect or contractor early on and can head off design misses in your overall plan. This is crucial in managing time and money.   Also designers are trained to think about things we may overlook.  It’s so important that the lighting and furnishing needs are addressed before construction. If your living room sofa is floating in a the middle of the room you want to make sure you have the proper placement for floor outlets.

Professional decorators/designers can also assist when there is a difference of opinion between you and your significant other when it comes to what should be done. A professional can act as a neutral mediator and can help to negotiate the design solution that works for all parties. Over the years many clients who have worked with designers say that the designer not only saved them time and money, but also helped save their marriage!

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Budgeting and Planning…

A designer/decorator can keep you on budget and save you time and effort.  They know where to go for resources for everything related to your home. This will save you endless amounts of time researching products, brands and prices. A designer/decorator will have all this readily on hand, and should he or she not, will spend the time researching so that you don’t have to.

A professional Interior /Decorator/Designer understands concepts such as scale, proportion, balance, focal points and color theory, and can help to solve most clients decorating challenges. Their expertise include space planning, lighting design, finish selections and color coordination and industry knowledge ensures quality results in the implementation of a project. Decorators/Designers can help find solutions to solve challenges such as how to, make a small space more functional, create extra concealed storage, how to create additional seating when needed, and many other common design problems.

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Wide availability of resources.

There are things available to designers that are not available to the general public in terms of connections, resources and general merchandise. By culminating these resources designers can  help to make your space look more collected, unique and pulled together.

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In addition to vendor resources, designers have many home improvement industry contacts. They can save homeowners time and headaches trying to identify reliable, contractors, plumbers and electricians for their projects.”

A professional designer will not only guide you in what you have to get done but also HOW to get it done. Designers know all the best trades people, carpenter, work rooms, painters and installer that work in the design trade and can recommend reputable resources and suppliers that will make you will feel confident that your job is getting done properly. 

Designers also have access to many more customized options that may not be available in stores and can offer you a range of fabrics, rugs, furniture and many other items that are not easily accessible to the public.

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Visual story-teller

Designers can help to give you the “wow” factor you’ve been looking for. They are trained to think differently, spatially and to see an overall picture that clients often cannot. Remember Designers/Decorators think outside of the box all day long.  A designer has a trained eye that can automatically tell you if there is something wrong or right with a space.

Having that immediate consult is a major advantage when making aesthetic decisions.  This is the result of years of experience.They are able to integrate all the factors required to access the true potential of any space.  They take into consideration the look and feel of what the client wants to create, with the function of the space, durability of finishes, proper lighting, safety and other factors unique to each space.

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