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If you are like most people, you have probably scanned the pages of magazines and marveled at how beautiful some rooms are, wishing your home looked that way. In truth, it can and for a reasonable cost if you do the work yourself. However, when it comes to interior decorating, it might be that a professionals touch is needed or perhaps you can do some of the work while the designer does some.
To determine if you need to hire a professional decorator for your project, you need to consider the amount of time, creativity, and patience you have to offer the project. To help you decide if a professional is right for you, listed are some general guidelines:
These are all important questions to ask yourself in helping decide whether to use a professional decorator or do the work yourself. The other side of the equation is to ask some questions about doing it on your own.
- Do you lack the time needed to coordinate and do the work?
- Do you feel a bit overwhelmed with decision-making and work?
- Are you concerned about making decision on space planning, layout, and lighting?
- Are you willing to manage the challenges that are a part of any remodeling or decorating project?
- Are you confident that you have the creativity and ability to end up with a clean, professional look?
- Are you good at seeing the vision of the finished project with all the accessories?
- Do you feel that you can come up with a good color and design scheme?
- Can you be honest with yourself to determine if you have the good taste required to make the right decisions?
- Are you able to coordinate multi things to make it all come together?
- Are you educated about textures, furniture, fabrics, flooring, and lighting? If not, do you have the time and interest to become educated?
- Do you know how to bargain for the best prices?
- Do you feel that you can handle mid-projec changes when you discover that the wallpaper or fabric you wanted is no longer available?
The key is patience and not to loose sight of your vision. You can visit most major home improvement stores such as Home Depot or Lowes where free weekend classes are offered. If you do not know how to lay ceramic tile, you can take a class and learn. As mentioned, another option is to do some of the work yourself and use the services of a designer to help in choosing color and texture.
- Do you love decorating?
- Are you good at coordinating colors?
- Do you have the time available to get involved in a project?
- Are you patient and focused, being able to see the big picture?
- Do you have the ability and resources available to do research on various products?
- Can you manage a budget for your project?
- Do you have the skills and tools needed? For instance, if you plan to install crown molding, do you have a nail gun? If you are going to lay tile, do you have a tile cutter and do you know how to measure and grout?