ABC’s of Decorating: the letter I

Why should you use an interior designer?  That is the question for the letter “I”.  There are many good reasons and, in the interest of full disclosure, I am an interior designer so my answer may be a bit biased.  But I always have my client’s best interest at heart so I will try not to persuade you too much.  Here are my reasons:

  • Believe it or not, an interior designer (decorator, stager or anyone in the field) can save you money by helping you avoid costly mistakes.  For example, you may not be aware that the flooring you chose cannot stand up to the type of wear and tear your family will place on it or the fabric you purchased may be affected by the amount of sunlight coming through your windows or the “bargain” furniture you purchased is going to fall apart in a year.  An interior designer is aware of these things and can steer you in the right direction to avoid having to spend money down the road.
  • An interior designer has access to and knowledge of products you may not even be aware of.  In many instances they are able to pass on discounts or savings to you but, at the very least, they have access to trade-only items.
  • A designer can certainly assist you with paint colors, fabric and furniture styles.  But they are also trained in more important design areas such as scale, proportion and placement.  There is no right or wrong when it comes to colors (if it works for your family then it is right) but there is a right and wrong when it comes to furniture placement and scale.; make a mistake and the whole room feels wrong.
  • It is always a good idea to have a second or third opinion.  That could certainly come from your best friend or your sister but I would advise you to seek the opinion of an expert.  At the very least, let them take a look at your ideas and offer suggestions if necessary.

With today’s plethora of television shows telling us that we can decorate an entire room for $1000 or build furniture and make repairs ourselves it might seem like a good idea to forego seeking the advice of an interior designer.  But a couple of hours spent with an expert could save you time, money and heartache down the road.