Interior decorators and designers as we know them today barely existed before the 20th century. Before that it was taken for granted that you decorated your home yourself (“diy interior design”), unless you were Marilyn Monroe or someone with similar status!
Old habits die hard. Some people still think you need to live in a palace to hire a decorator, or are fearful of the cost (whether real or perceived). For others it’s not so much a question of money, but of ceding control and having the concern that the results might not reflect their tastes. Some dive into the collaborative process without hesitation, while others have confidence in their tastes and skill and prefer to decorate their homes themselves.
Which camp do you fall into? Here are some things to think about to help you decide…..
ADVANTAGES OF DIY
No One Knows Your Home Like You!
Decorating your home yourself can save you money versus paying someone else to get the job done, the results will TRULY reflect your personal taste and you’ll take FULL credit for your creativeness! Whether the DIY route will work for you or not will depend upon your strengths! If you know what you like and what you can’t stand then you’ll love everything you choose! You can try doing this project in stages, that way it is conveniently based off of the funds available and you won’t have the hassle of trying to explain your likes/dislikes to a stranger.
DISADVANTAGES OF DIY
Now there are some of us who may not be confident enough to take on such a big project and that’s perfectly fine! You may have a plethora of ideas in your head of what you want a certain room to look like, however, once at your local home goods store, you can’t seem to get the vibe right. The DIY route won’t necessarily save you money either. Decorating can be extremely time-consuming. What’s your time worth? Will that outlay of time justify the fees you’ll be saving? If you make a mistake and something has to be redone, will you forfeit your savings? These are all things to think about when considering interior design. Ask yourself “Do I have the ability to visualize” or “Am I a creative type of person?” If the answer to either of these questions is NO then you may seriously want to consider another pair of eyes and hands to help you out!
The Best of Both Worlds!
If you like the idea of working with a decorator or an interior designer, but not the cost or loss of participation, there are alternative working arrangements you could consider. Hire a decorator by the hour to help you plan the layout and the furniture, fabric and color selections, then execute the plan yourself or design the project yourself but hire a pro on an hourly basis to hold your hand through the selection process, or to offer a verdict on items you’re considering. Whether you master the art of interior design, or you need a little help from someone who specializes in that department, there has never been a better time to Beycome!
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