You are finally ready to give your home a well-deserved makeover, but can’t seem to find the inspiration and motivation to move the project forward. You think know what you like and don’t like when it comes to color, furniture and accessories. You may even have a mental image of your dream interior, but no idea how to execute it. You’re stuck and don’t know where to turn. If you can relate, it may be time to seek professional help. Remember, a designer or decorator can tailor their services to suit your particular needs. It can mean anything from a one-time consultation, shopping assistance with access to ‘trade only’ sources or undertaking a full-blown remodel.
1. You are still holding onto furniture pieces you had in college. Be brutally honest. Do these furnishings hold sentimental value or have you simply become complacent? It’s high time you toss the stuff that no longer fits your evolved tastes and lifestyle. And let’s face it, your particleboard media center was never that attractive. While a designer won’t force you to get rid of things you truly love, they will provide the impetus you need to let go of furnishings that have seen better days.
2. You are far too busy. Whether you’re advancing your career, raising a family or taking on volunteer projects, spare time is a precious commodity. And, if you’ve ever tried, you know it takes time to come up with a design plan and see it to fruition. Hiring a decorator is a huge time saver—especially if you know the direction you want to take.
3. You have a limited budget. This sounds contradictory, but you can get professional design assistance even if you are short on funds. If you don’t have the money for new furniture, an interior redesigner is the person to call. They specialize in rearranging the furnishings you already have to give your home a fresh look. What if you have set aside money for new furniture, but don’t have enough to hire a decorator? Many retailers offer free design consultations and some provide discounts on furnishings you purchase based on their recommendations. Check with stores like Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware and Ethan Allen for specific details.
4. You and your partner have opposing decorating styles. Your partner loves the great outdoors and feels right at home surrounded by nature-inspired furnishings and colors. You, however, are a minimalist who gravitates toward urban spaces that employ clean lines and modern furniture. Think of your designer as part artistic visionary and part relationship counselor. A good designer can clear the air by suggesting a compromise that will satisfy both parties.
5. You are putting your home on the market to sell quickly and get a good return on your investment. According to the National Association of Realtors, potential buyers are more inclined to express interest in and pay more for a home that has been styled with the help of a professional home stager. Home stagers are trained to make a residence attractive to the greatest number of potential buyers. Not only will your home stand out from the crowd, it will sell faster and possibly fetch top dollar.