With the rise of so many decorating and DIY shows, homeowners have a plethora of information on making the most of their home’s appearance and style. But it can also be confusing when there are so many choices in colors, sizes, styles, finishes, etc. You might find a great sale on a sofa you love; then you pick up some lamps at a garage sale. Your uncle gives you a piece of artwork you loved as a child. And you find some nice tables at a thrift store. Sounds good, right? Each piece, on its own, is really good quality and attractive.
But something is just not working right! That sofa which looked fine in the showroom is suddenly overwhelming in your living room. Those tables do not go well with your other wood pieces and the lamps just don’t fit the style of your home at all. And Uncle’s piece of art is lounging in the garage. As for paint color, well white is safe isn’t it? Boring! What can you do to salvage all the things you have bought and that somehow did not hit the mark?
Don’t worry, this situation is not unique and is easily fixed.Call an interior decorator who specializes in decorating on a budget. And don’t be scared that a professional is going to cost you lots of money. In the long run, an interior decorator can save you money by showing you how to repurpose things you have and even pulling pieces from other rooms or your garage. She/he will come to your home and analyze what you have, what you want to achieve and your design personality. Sometimes, simply arranging the furniture in a different configuration can make all the difference. She may suggest painting a piece of furniture. Unless it is some valuable antique, painting is not going to hurt the value of most wood pieces. With her trained eye, she may edit your display cases or bookshelves, give you a new outlook with different window treatments and spice up your color palette. With candles, colorful throw pillows,mirors,live plants and some art on those blank white walls (which probably will not remain white; there are too many great colors available to go that route)your room will start to feel more pulled together. The decorator may have inexpensive finds in her stockroom or she may suggest shopping for some pieces, either together or on her own with your input.
Most decorators charge by the hour but with their expertise and knowledge, a lot can be accomplished in a few hours or several days, depending on the size of the job. So you will probably get to keep the things you bought and will see them in a brand new light. And lighting is another important element in design. Your decorator can advise you on ambient vs. task lighting and even create pieces that are uniquely yours.
Let go of the fear of working with an interior designer/decorator. You would call a plumber or an electrician if your house needed them and this is no different. When you look around your newly decorated place that looks like it is ready for a magazine shoot, but still says “Welcome” you will be glad you called.