|Interior Decorating Information|
Do You Need An Interior Designer?
All of us want our homes to be places of comfort and beauty. Some of us enjoy decorating and furnishing our homes and some of us don't. How do we decide if we need an interior designer or not?
Not everyone needs a designer. If you enjoy creating your own home and you are confident in what your are doing, it is possible that what you really need is a professional shopper. You know what you want, you just don't have the time or the expertise to find it. This is where the personal shopper comes in-to help you find a specific item or list of items. They know where the stores are and where the bargains are-and don't we all love a bargain? These hardworking folks can find you just the right table or those elusive accessories that give your home an individual look while you're at work earning money to pay for all of this style and elegance.
If you enjoy the shopping experience and just need an item or two (a new sofa, a club chair, or a table to put beside your recliner), you can find the help you need right at the furniture store. Better furniture stores usually have trained staff on hand to help you choose a style and a fabric. Take along pictures, fabric samples, anything you need to match the new piece. Above all, don't forget measurements. At the furniture store find a salesperson who is attuned to the look you are trying to achieve and with whom you feel comfortable. Don't hesitate to ask for a different salesperson if you feel that you are being pushed to buy something just because that is the flavor of the week. A good salesperson will work to help you find the exact look you are aiming for and you will be quite happy with your purchase.
However, a word of warning-if you are putty in the hands of an expert salesperson, or undecided what you want, or unsure of yourself, don't go this route. You will end up with a room that is never quite what you wanted.
So when do you absolutely need a design team? Here are 10 reasons to hire a professional:
1. You have a difficult room. If the room is oddly shaped, has too many focal points, or architectural details that are in the wrong places, you need professional help.
2. You have ideas, but don't know how to implement them or don't know where to start changing things.
3. You just don't have the time, energy, or the desire to do designing.
4. You need a major make-over, but you are on a budget. I know this sounds contradictory, but decorating mistakes are expensive, and a good designer will make sure they don't happen.
5. You have major work to be done, but it needs to be done in stages due to budget considerations or a growing family. A designer can set you up with a list of things to do and buy which is prioritized, and on a time-line.
6. You think you know what you want, but are insecure about whether or not your ideas will work.
7. You want to update a room without throwing everything out and starting over. This is a challenge , but it can be done. It generally requires quite a high level of skill. If you don't have a talent for this, get someone who does.
8. You have a piece or pieces of furniture, paintings, and accessories which don't seem to fit your rooms or style, but which you can't eliminate because they are family heirlooms or simply because you can't afford to replace them. After all, you may not want to get rid of great-grandpa's desk even if it is Victorian and you like contemporary.
9. You are trying to achieve a specific style or period such as French Country, Scandinavian,18th century, 50's Retro, etc.
10. You are unsure about color combinations, proportions, mixing patterns, composition and styles.
If you fall into any of these categories, or if you simply want a professional touch, an interior designer is probably the solution to your decorating problems. Your home is too important to your happiness and lifestyle not to have the comfort you desire. If you don't love decorating or you have a decorating challenge, then hire an expert and use your time and energy for things you really enjoy.
Content for this article has been contributed by ON THE GO 4 U, Design Consultant, Suzanne Copenhaver. Indra A Books, author of this and many other lifestyle articles, is the owner and founder of ON THE GO 4 U, Personal Shoppers & Concierge Service in the Washington DC metropolitan area. The company's creed is to provide its clients with the ultimate life management experience.
In addition to its services, ON THE GO 4 U also publishes a monthly e-zine and conducts workshops on wardrobe, entertaining and decorating. For more information about the author and ON THE GO 4 U, please visit http://www.onthego4u.net
© 2005 Indra A Books for ON THE GO 4 U. All rights reserved.
This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at https://news.google.com/news
Looking Back: Mrs. Lee Grim stages interior decorating clinic at library - International Falls Journal
Buying a Bakers Rack
Bakers racks are a perfect enhancement to any kitchen, whether for residential or commercial use. Having been around for many years, this decorative item adds a touch of charm as well as convenience and efficiency.
The Advantages of Wall Wine Racks
Wall wine racks make it easy to store wine in tight spaces. Many wall wine racks are hanging wine racks.
How to Create a Positive Environment in Your Home With Vastu
Our homes, carefully oriented, have the power to give us comfort and security and to be one of our best investments. We spend a great deal of time and money to accomplish this.
A Look at Flower Bulbs for Sale
When people decide to grow flowers, they have many choices. They can buy potted flowers and replant them.
Decorating with Authentic Zebra Decor
We all take a certain pride in the interior of our homes. We all try to create a beautiful extention of our personalities.
A Look at Plantation Shutters
When potential buyers are looking at a home, many upgrades get their attention. Floor tile, fireplace, and tile backsplash are some popular additions to a home.
Types of Home Air Purifiers
Room Air Purifiers Room air purifiers replaced tabletop units in the 1990s as the leading type of home air purifier. Tabletop units proved to be mostly ineffective, because of the inadequate volume of air being moved through the unit.
Candle Holders Add Flair To Your Home Decor!
Candle holders are an essential accessory for candles. The first candle holders, made of clay, date back as far as fourth century BC Egypt.
Thomas Chippendale and His Legendary Chairs
Chairs crafted by Thomas Chippendale were dazzling examples of quality furniture in their day. Today, they remain extraordinary examples of antique furniture.
Make Simple Curtains and Valance for any Window
Making a quick set of curtains and a valance is something that you can do even if you don't have much sewing experience. It's just a matter of thinking through the process and calculating for fabric needed and knowing how to use a sewing machine.
Area Rugs Will Add That Special Look And Feel To Your Home
Decorating with area rugs is one of the easiest ways to update, revitalize and beautify your home. Rugs can add dramatic color and design to every room; create a focal point or define areas; add warmth to the look and feel of tiles, stone, or concrete; protect hardwood floors or wall-to-wall carpeting; and tie elements of a room together.
Rustic Log Furniture, How to Find Quality Furniture and a Trust Worthy Seller
The great thing about looking for a retailer or manufacturer of rustic log furniture is there are plenty of sellers out there these days, especially with the age of the world wide web. Since the birth of the internet everyone and there brother seem to have tried to start making and selling all types of rustic furniture online, but what I am sure that they found out is that making log furniture the right way is a hard task to achieve.
Crafty Country Decorating Style Ideas
If you've ever seen Frank's decorations on TLC's Trading Spaces, then you know all about the country style of design. From stenciled drawings to wooden cows to ruffled curtains, country design has all the frills you might expect from our dear friend, Frank.
The Magic of Color
Deciding what colors to use when decorating your house can be a real challenge. Do you want a soothing atmosphere, vibrant or warm and cozy? The choice does not have to be complicated if you understand the workings of the theory of color.
Measuring Space - How Much Room Do You Really Need?
When planning your home décor, it is vitally important to understand your space needs. Do you have enough room to open any doors? Can you walk from one side of the room to the other without climbing over the furniture? Here are some rules to keep in mind when you plan your room update:1.
A Look at Faux Wood Blinds
For those who want the warmth of wood, but are concerned with wood damage, faux-wood blinds may b e the answer. They are made of artificial materials but are designed to look just like real wood blinds.
Seeking Balance in Your Home Decor
In our homes, as in other parts of our lives, we are happier when we live with balance and harmony. Just like the rest of our lives, balance in the rooms of our homes is sometimes hard to create.
The German Grandfather Clock Tradition
We expect a lot from our clocks. We expect them to be breathtakingly beautiful.
Where to Buy Wholesale Picnic Baskets
Perhaps you are a vendor who would like to begin offering picnic baskets at your deli, grocery store, hardware store, gift shop, or other retail outlet. You might be wondering where you can get wholesale picnic baskets.
Black and White Themed Teen Bedroom Decorating Ideas
When we found out we were having twins, our teenage daughter volunteered to move into a smaller bedroom so that the twins could have the bigger one. It was definitely time to come up with a new bedroom theme! We also didn't have much space to work with or a lot of money to spend.
|home | site map | Nautical Decor|