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Use these pro tips to learn how to work with an interior decorator and get the best results for your home!

Many people wait until they’re getting ready to list their home before calling in a pro to help them turn a pretty space into a stunning one… and that’s sad. It’s simple, and more affordable than you may think, to give your home that professional touch, and also make it fully show off your style!

And high impact changes don’t always require a major renovation.

Decorators can help you rethink how you’re using space, highlight your home’s best features—and work around those you don’t love. Plus, they’ll help bring your style, interests, and details out in ways that dial up the joy you feel at home every day.

When should you consider consulting with an interior decorator?

Interior decorators help you reimagine and implement steps to change the look and feel of your home, except any structural adjustments (so, if you ultimately need to move load-bearing walls or expand your living room, you’ll likely need an interior designer, and also a contractor).

If any of these sound familiar, consider consulting with an interior decorator:

  • You love your house, but need help turning it into the pearl you know it can be.
  • You think you need a renovation, but the cost and backlog of supplies and providers has put the idea on hold.
  • You were thinking about moving so you could upgrade your surroundings, but between the due diligence fees, increased home prices and limited available homes, that’s just not in the cards.

How to work with an interior decorator:  the “DO’s”

  • DO be open: share your ideas, a packed Pinterest board, and/or magazine or catalog pages; this will help your decorator begin to get a feel for the spaces and details you long for.
  • DO tidy up: pulling your house together before the consultation—maybe just to the same degree you’d do if a good friend were heading over—will help your decorator see your surfaces, how furniture is arranged and how you’re using space now.
  • DO be clear and specific, especially about your timeline, budget, and things you don’t like. Your decorator will ask you plenty of questions, but communication is two-way. Be sure to specify any needs and expectations you have right from the start. For example, if you have company coming next month, be sure to let your decorator know about it (or anything else that may affect timing or use of space!).
  • DO pick a decorator you feel good about. Conversation should be easy; he or she should listen to you—and demonstrate they understand you and your style.
  • DO trust their advice, and not just for the decorating plan. Your interior decorator can be your go-to person for referrals to those who can implement changes. They’ll know painters, carpet or window-treatment firms, handymen, etc. They’ve sourced the best outlets and resources, tested colors and styles in multitudes of spaces, and worked with many clients and many tradespeople. Their insights are a time-and-money saving treasure trove! 

…and the “DON’TS”

  • DON’T get stuck: picking out a favorite detail can be helpful, but getting attached to too many specific elements, colors or features is likely to reduce your satisfaction in the end. Creating the interior that uniquely reflects your family’s style is most likely to happen when you allow your decorator to create, vs. copy.
  • DON’T do a massive overhaul or rearrange. Your decorator will be able to be a better problem-solver if they can bring their creativity to how you and your family actually live and use your spaces.

And most of all, our top tip for how to work with your interior decorator: DO get excited!

The transformations that you can achieve through a change of room colors, décor and furniture arrangement are truly remarkable.

We’d love to put our home decorating talents to work for you, and help you create a space that makes every day your favorite day at home! Just give us a call.

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