Most of us would put redecorating a house, or building and decorating a new home in the “too hard” basket. Some even put doing one room there, or finding accessories there. But there are times this task has to be undertaken and so where do you start?
Because a lot of us are excellent at avoiding hard tasks and coming up with a million excuses why we shouldn’t do something “I’m too busy”, “I don’t know where to begin”, “I don’t know what I like”, and fifty million other excuses, we leave what we can’t deal with and find other things to do, until it gets to a point where we can avoid it no longer, and we have to address the issue. By this time it has become a huge task and we have a very short time to achieve a massive amount of work and we are stressed to the max!!!
Well let me tell you, there is a way to make this a simple and enjoyable process. Look for and engage someone who loves doing this. How easy is that? I wouldn’t attempt to do my own tax return, or draw plans for a new home, or book my world travel plans, I would look for an expert in this field and leave it up to them. Sounds simple really, but when it comes to doing it we have all the reasons not to do it.
So how do we find someone?
- Well you can talk to people who have already had some work done, and ask them about how the process went for them. You will very quickly get a sense of how a person works from others experiences. However, if your friend is easy going and can’t make a decision, remember they will have brought those habits to their engagement with their designer. Similarly if your friend is critical of everything in life, this is how they would have occurred during the process. So look at the end result, and you will quickly discover if this is someone you could work with.
- Go onto the internet and have a look at the kind of work someone puts up there and if you see a theme running through their images, think about if this is the look you want. Chances are if all the schemes look the same, your home will look like this too. So if you want someone who listens to and incorporates what you are wanting to achieve, perhaps choose someone with a variety of different “looks”.
And why use a designer?
- Often a designer will have access to products, materials and fabrics you would not have the time or energy to discover. If you think the only place to buy fabrics, for example, is an already established retail outlet store, you are seriously missing out on a huge range of fabrics. The fabric houses are constantly bringing out new ranges and your designer will have access and knowledge of all of these. Also with products and materials, a good designer will keep themselves updated on the latest products available. You could end up with cutting edge design, which you could never achieve by yourself, and who wouldn’t want that?
- Don’t think because you don’t have a huge budget you can’t afford an Interior Designer. This is exactly the time you should be looking for one. An Interior Designer can save you some very costly and horrific mistakes. As long as you communicate what your budget is at the beginning, you will be able to achieve what you want. Or a good designer will tell you if your expectations are unrealistic and can often guide you in achieving what you want to within your budget. Sometimes we don’t want to hear this, but hey, better to be told up front and avoid disastrous results, than charge ahead and be disappointed.
- A designer will get discounts and special prices you won’t have access to as a retail customer. Who amongst us doesn’t like a bargain? They will pass these prices on to their clients, which results in a saving for you.
- Also a designer will have trades and services they know and trust to do your work. They will get competitive quotes for you which saves you having to spend your valuable time and energy sourcing these. Then when you get a quote, you don’t have to try and figure out if you are comparing apples with apples. Sometimes getting quotes from trades can be like reading a technical manual, and most of us are not familiar with the content and quality of these documents, but your designer will be familiar with these and can help you get the best deal.
So really, it’s a no brainer. A good Interior Designer will in the long run save you time, energy and money, and you will be left with a home you are happy to live in and share with friends and family, and with a lot less stress and aggravation during the process.