I love helping clients upgrade their homes to create a luxurious and comfortable place to come home to after a long day. But I totally understand the look on their faces when I mention the word “remodel.” It often evokes thoughts of cost overruns and lengthy delays, not to mention having to move out of their homes or live in a construction site.
That’s why I also love to suggest redecorating as a way to completely transform how their home feels, flows and shows, without having to experience the stress and expense of a remodel. In this article, I explain how interior decorating can be the perfect solution to creating a new look and fresh start for your home.
What’s the Difference Between Decorating and Remodeling?
Some of my clients have never given much thought to the difference between remodeling and redecorating. They don’t realize they don’t have to knock down walls to have the home of their dreams. So let me explain how this can be accomplished.
To remodel means “to change the structure or form of something.” It could involve adding a built-in closet to a bedroom, changing the location of a door, or knocking down a wall between the kitchen and the dining room to create an open space plan. Remodeling involves changing the functionality as well as the design of a room. This type of work may require a permit from the local building authority.
I’m mentioning renovation because some people confuse it with remodeling, although it’s a bit different. To renovate means to “restore to a good state of repair.” This might entail changing the sink in the bathroom or repairing a funky wood floor. Like a remodel, a renovation will update your space, but it will do so by changing the room’s look, not its purpose. Think of a renovation as a repair or an update.
If you want to change the current look of your home, hiring an interior decorator might just be the perfect solution for you. Decorating can include purchasing new furniture or other home décor items, repainting the walls and ceilings, hanging new curtains, or changing a room’s layout by moving sofas, lighting, and rugs around. Of the three services, interior decorating or redecorating is the least disruptive and most economical way to proceed.
Maybe it’s time to hire an interior decorator!
What Does an Interior Decorator Do?
Interior decorators don’t make architectural changes to a space. They help determine its look and feel by selecting and placing furniture and other decorative elements such as paint, textiles, window treatments, lighting and flooring. An interior decorator’s job is to determine what clients are trying to achieve with their project without remodeling, and to work within their budget to bring their vision to life.
An Interior Decorator Can Save You Money
While an interior decorator’s fees might at first seem intimidating, think about the value you will get compared to the amount of money you will spend. A good decorator will save you money in the long run if the job is done right from the start, helping you avoid costly mistakes and make decisions that can increase the value of your home.
An interior decorator can help you stay within your budget while making sure your project stays on schedule. She can choose the materials that are a good investment, know where to find the best discounts, and understand when to cut corners and when it makes sense to spend a little extra.
An Interior Decorator Can Save You Time
Every design project, even small ones, is more time-consuming than you might think. If you’re a busy professional or a parent, managing a design project can be stressful, and take up too many hours in a day.
An interior decorator will spare you the time and headache of trying to manage the project yourself. She will also narrow down the overwhelming choices among hundreds of items, from furniture, art and accessories to colors, fabrics and finishes, making it easier for you to make quick and efficient decisions.
An Interior Decorator Has Contacts and Sources
Many interior decorators have connections with other industry professionals, such as custom furniture makers and millworkers. They also have long-standing relationships with sources and vendors, many of whom carry products that are not available to the general public. They also collaborate with furniture companies or workshops that make window treatments and other accessories.
You’re Hiring an Expert and an Advocate
Your interior decorator represents you, which means prioritizing your needs and desires, as well as your timeline and budget. Your designer is your advocate, working alongside other professionals on the project to make sure that the final outcome is exactly the one you want. A decorator will inspect all items after delivery to make sure they are up to industry standards, and if something arrives damaged or doesn’t function properly, is responsible for its return or exchange, which could be a burden if you tried to do it yourself.
How Interior Decorating Can Change Your Home’s Look and Feel
A good interior design plan can accomplish as much as a remodel. Here are 5 of my favorite ways to transform a space quickly and easily, creating an entirely refreshed look, feel and flow.
Use paint or wallpaper: A new coat of paint or well-chosen wallpaper can change a room’s look and feel. Colors and patterns can influence your mood, and be an excellent fix for a refreshing change.
Rearrange your lighting: I never underestimate how much good lighting can do to brighten up a room. Swapping harsh overhead bulbs with low-level lamps, getting dimmers to create mood lighting, adding a dramatic pendant to make a statement, are all quick ways to achieve an easy upgrade.
Add new artwork: You can instantly change the feel of a room by switching its artwork. Get rid of old posters in favor of something original, or use paintings to highlight a new and improved color scheme. I’m a big fan of grouping pieces with different sizes and colors to create an intriguing vignette.
Add texture with throw pillows: Texture adds depth and visual interest to a room. All it takes are some interesting throw pillows, a leather-and-wood decorative accessory or an area rug with a deep pile to give a room a much-needed facelift.
Throw in a biophilic element: By incorporating the natural world, such as greenery, water, natural light, wood, stone or bamboo, into your home, you can create an internal environment that reduces stress and fosters creativity and cognitive function. Even textiles with organic patterns such as leaves will instantly bring a feeling of calm and tranquility to a room.
Tired of coming home to the same old same old? Give me a call. I’d love to help you transform your space with a fabulous decorating make-over. Get what you want without having to move out or break open the piggy bank!