Seven Ways to Work with a Decorator on a Budget

jill-4.jpgMost anyone who enjoys decorating their home would enjoy working with interior decorator in their own home.  Years back, only the rich and famous worked with interior designers.  Nowadays, just about anyone can, especially with the addition of Interior Redesign.

Here seven ways you can work with a decorator on a budget:

7.  Go to a local design center.  Let’s say you’re in the market for a new sofa, flooring, counter-top….  Go and talk to the in store designer.  Some will visit your home, some won’t, but they will  give you some free advice.

6.  Search the Internet.  It may take some time to find what you’re looking for, but it’s out there. Budget decorating tips. Decorating rules

5.  Find an interior designer, decorator or redesigner who is happy to do in-home consultations and charges by the hour.  I find most design consultations take 1-2 hours.  You can get a lot of good information and ideas in a consultation. Hopefully, ideas that you’ll be able to do yourself.

When they arrive, give the designer a tour of your home, pointing out the things that you love and the things that you don’t.

Be prepared for the consultation.  Look through books and magazines and flag pictures that you love.  Whether it’s the color on the walls, the sofa, the accessories … or even if you don’t know why you like it.  Flag it!  This will give your designer a quick understanding of how you would like your home/room to look.

Share your wants and needs (in designer terms, that’s your style and function).  “I want a warm and comfortable room”  “I need to comfortablly seat 8 people in this room”.  “I don’t like _______”….

4.  Hire an Interior Redesigner to do an Interior Redesign in one or all of the rooms in your home.   I find, it typically takes 2-3 hours to redesign one room.  Most Interior Redesigners offer multiple room discounts.  In just a few hours you’ve got a fresh new look for for less than you’d think.

3. Get a paint color consultation.  Paint is one of the most cost effective and biggest changes you can make to a room.  Especially, if you do the painting yourself.  The hard part is selecting the right color, so hire professional and get the job done right.  On average, a color consultation takes 1-2 hours.

2. If you’re on a really tight budget, some designers will offer an electronic consultation. You send a photo or two of the room/area in question.  Give a brief description of the problem and or goal. The designer will email their suggestions.   This kind of consultation typically in about half the cost of an in-home consultation.  Most to do not advertise this type of service, you’ll have to ask.

1. If you’re really really on a tight budget, or just have a simple question, take advantage of blogs like this one.  On this website, click on the tag called “Decorating Dilemma“, enter your question and wait for some free advise.

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