Should You? DIY Or Hire a Designer For Your Interior Design Challenge

So, you decide to redecorate your home, what is the next step:

“DIY or engage a professional designer?”

Well, first you have to ask yourself a few questions:

Do you have any knowledge? Have you been studying the TV programs on HGTV and others? . Have you been buying decorating books by the dozen? Do you have the time? Are you game? If you answer NO to any or all of the above then perhaps you should hire an interior designer? However, if you answered YES and you have the time, why not use that opportunity?

Don’t be afraid, there are countless Web sites available to help you out.  Take the challenge. You can always re-paint, and return accents, and some places exchange furniture.

Hiring a professional interior designer will prevent from having to pay “unexpected costs” like; the wrong color, the unsuitable piece of furniture, the “no-style” decorations and/or the out of place accents. But, it will not stop the fee you are going to pay the designer, and these can be costly. Can you afford to pay out the cost of a designer at an estimated $35-$100+ per hour. Yes, then you will have to inform the decorator what colors you like, show them your home –  so they can get a good idea of your style, go over some pictures (the decorator should have brought along some samples or catalogs) of designs and styles. The designer should ask personal questions related to; children, anyone with disabilities, hobbies, favorite colors, entertainment preferences, favorite music, cultural background etc. The designer will use the information gathered in your first meeting to put up together some ideas for the next meeting.

The Next Meeting:  That’s when he (or she) will show you plans, sketches, wallpaper samples, color samples, fabric samples, (a color board) and so on.

However, Stop!     Yes, You can do this yourself! Just ask yourself all the above questions and make notes of your answers, visit Home stores and gather samples of paint/stain you like, go to fabric places and get swatches of fabric, yes, you can mix together – stripes, plaids, checks, floral, be bold (most of the stores have qualified assistants that will help you) – get catalogs and cut out furniture you like and accent pieces, drapes or other window treatments and paste them on a poster board. Hang this from your wall and leave it there for at least 3-5 days, look at it at different times of the day (the colors of paint, fabric etc., will change varying on the light). What you don’t like, replace with another. If you make your color board up first – the chance of any mistakes are going to be limited.

You can never do too much planning when it comes to decorating and/or DIY. You need to make sure you know what colors you want to use, window treatments, furniture, stain on the wood and even cabinets. Once you have these together, the accents will be easier for you to choose.

So You Can Save Money – and have fun.

Things You Need to Know When Hiring an Interior Designer

Everyone deserves to love the home they live in. Sadly, a lot of people are unhappy with the space they have created for themselves, and often are not sure why. This is where an Interior Designer plays a valuable role, as liaison between you and your home.

After you have made the decision to hire a Designer, finding the right one may seem like a daunting task. Start by asking asking your friends or relatives if they have someone to recommend. If you have seen a room or home with a design that you really liked, find out who the designer was. Searching online is also a good place to start. Most designers have a web site where you can instantly see their previous work and get a feel for how they design. The local ASID chapter can help facilitate this. Start out with 2 or 3 choices and schedule consultations. This is a good time to view the portfolios and most importantly, see if it “feels” like a good fit. By this I mean, use your intuition. You could potentially be working with this person for an extended period of time, while it’s not necessary that you become friends, you still want to be heard when it comes to expressing your thoughts and desires for creating a better space.

Some questions to ask the Designer during this process are:
o Describe your design style.
o Are you open to my ideas and wishes during the creative process?
o What aspect of design is of most importance to you (i.e. lighting, color scheme etc.)
o How do you structure your fee?
o Do you have a list of previous clients that I can talk to?
o Most Designers won’t give away too many ideas during this part of the process, but it wouldn’t hurt to ask for an impromptu idea or two to see if you’re on the same page.
o Your instincts can play a big role at this stage, so be sure to listen to them!

When you have made your decision, you should receive a contract with the scope of work, timeline and fees involved. Be sure to read it thoroughly and don’t be afraid to ask questions if there is something you don’t quite understand. This is the time to work out any concerns and to ask questions. If the Designer is honest and has integrity, she/he will be very forthcoming with her/his answers.

Just remember that this should be a fun process! With the right prep work beforehand, you and your Interior Designer can have a productive and creative relationship.

Kitchen Interior Design – Should You Buy New Appliances When Remodeling Your Kitchen?

This is a fact: your kitchen interior design plays a big part in determining your overall home design’s effectiveness. Often times, your kitchen is one of the largest, and certainly most used rooms in your home. Without a good style for this area, your home design will not work.

One of the big questions most people are faced with when determining whether or not to remodel their kitchen interior design is whether they should purchase new appliances. Here are some guidelines to help you determining whether these steps are really necessary for you.

First of all, always decide on and complete your kitchen d├ęcor design or theme before deciding whether or not to purchase new appliances. This way, you can look at and evaluate whether or not your kitchen’s appliances match the overall theme.

If not, then you should probably purchase new ones. If your current kitchen appliances already match the theme and still function properly, there really is no reason to purchase new appliances for your kitchen interior design.

If you do decide to change your kitchen appliances, and are on a limited budget, it is probably a good idea to do so one at a time. If you aren’t able to afford the whole project, then changing your appliances one at a time and waiting until you can afford the next change will be a tremendous benefit to your wallet while at the same time allowing you to move forward with your new kitchen interior design without breaking the bank.

If you have decided to change the kitchen appliances, remember to pick them out according to your new kitchen interior design theme. A good suggestion when shopping to bring along a photo of the new kitchen interior design so that you can compare it to your potential appliances and determine whether or not it will match the overall kitchen. If not, then you’d best move on.

When shopping, try to avoid looking for new appliances at your traditional department or retail store. Often times, you can locate much cheaper items at discount or outlet stores, and especially the internet.

You can usually find much cheaper prices on the web than you could ever find offline. Also, on the internet there generally is a much wider range of options available to you.

When you are shopping at the local department stores, you are somewhat limited in selection, depending on what the store carries. However, the internet literally offers thousands of different sites that retail these new appliances, at the click of a button. Follow these tips, and you will achieve the kitchen interior design you want and at the price that you can afford.