If your home needs a décor update but you feel that professional interior designers are only for the elite rich, then you’ll be pleased to know that there are some practical steps you can take to fit a decorator into almost any budget. As a matter of fact, you might even end up saving yourself money in the long run by hiring a decorator and avoiding costly decorating faux pas. If you are lacking style, you can hire a decorator. Here’s how:
Do Your Homework
Decorators generally charge on a per-hour basis. Therefore, the more work you can do on your own, the better it is on your pocket book. Before you meet with a decorator for even a consultation, you need to do your homework. Compile a collection of fabric samples, paint swatches, and magazine clippings that speak for your personal tastes. Don’t worry about sorting through it all to make it cohesive. The important part is that you are able to express your likes to your decorator, so that your decorator can spend his or her time putting your design together (rather than trying to ascertain what you want).
Set a Budget
Determine how much you are able to spend on a decorator’s services, and then stick to your budget. Be up front about your budget when you first interview decorators and you will be able to weed out those who won’t be able to meet your needs. Also, you may be surprised to find that some decorators will offer guidance in regards to trimming your costs (they may be able to suggest less expensive materials, for example).
Consider Hiring a Student Decorator
Call local educational institutions that offer design courses and ask to be put in touch with student services. Design students are always looking for opportunities that will allow them to build their portfolios, so you may be able to get student work for a deep discount – or even for free!
Execute the Decorator’s Plan Yourself
If you are up to a little bit of handiwork, and/or are able to hire a handyman on the cheap, then you may be able to get away with paying a decorator for just the design itself. An interior design is a drawing (or digital rendering) of the space to be decorated, along with colors, furniture, layout, and all the trimmings. You can use a decorator’s design as a template for completing the space by yourself in order to save a lot of money.
As you can see, there are a lot of ways you can cut the costs of hiring a decorator in order to afford a decorator’s services. Keep in mind that the more resourceful you are, and the more legwork you are willing to do, the more likely it is that you will be able to fit an interior decorator into your budget.
About the Author: Jone Climes loves to decorate and is starting her own interior decorating service. She loves looking for contemporary sectional sofas and other pieces of furniture for all rooms of the home. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you aren’t sure what to do with your space.