How To Select An Interior Decorator
Thinking of hiring an interior decorator for your home interior decorating project? Before you do, use the tips below to help ensure that you get exactly what you want.
First, you should know the difference between a decorator and a designer…
An interior decorator is someone who has an eye and expertise in dealing with the aesthetics of home decor such as color, paint, fabrics, furnishings, lighting, and other materials.
While there are many decorators with years of experience, and they may be extremely creative, no professional certification is required for this designation.
An interior designer is someone who has a formal education in the field, and is qualified to perform general drafting and basic remodeling in addition to decorating. They can also read architectural blueprints and have a grasp of structural concepts. In 18 states, they must pass a strict exam and be licensed.
Most interior designers belong to professional organizations such as the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), the International Society of Interior Designers (ISID), or the Institute of Business Designers (IBD).
However, as you search for decorating services, don't automatically assume that an interior designer is the way to go. Many interior decorators are capable of doing much of the work of a designer and some designers will be less talented than some decorators.
But, I will say that if your decorating/design vision will involve structural changes to your home, it is best to seek out a qualified interior designer.
Tips For Hiring An Interior Decorator Or Designer
Whether you elect to hire an interior decorator or interior designer, use the following suggestions to help select the right person for the job:
Of course, here at Home Decorating Made Easy you'll find lots of information and ideas to tackle just about any home interior decorating project on your own.
I recommend that you use this site to decorate the areas you feel most comfortable doing yourself. Then, if you feel the need to hire an interior decorator, have them focus on the areas where you could use specific expertise. And always take advantage of the FREE decorating advice offered by retailers.
Finally, if you want to just go into the open market and hire an interior decorator or designer of your choice, then watch this video for tips that can keep you from getting frustrated with the process.
I hope this information on selecting an interior decorator or interior designer has been helpful.
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