How to redesign your home
You've decided to redecorate?
You’ve bought a new house, you’re waiting for a child, or you simply feel that you need some changes in your life. Whatever might be the reasons, you decided to redecorate the place you live in to make it your own. After a few attempts to design it by yourself, you choose to turn to a professional interior designer, thinking the process would then be easier. However, you realise that choosing the right one is not that simple. Here are a few tricks to help you.
After a few attempts to design it by yourself, you choose to turn to a professional interior designer, thinking the process would then be easier. However, you realise that choosing the right one is not that simple. Here are a few tricks to help you.
Fact: the process of renovating one’s house is complicated.
Another fact: It doesn't have to be.
The first step you should take before contacting any specialists is simply to take a look at your place and to analyse your needs. Make a list of the furniture you want to replace or modify.
Ask yourself WHY you want to redecorate this specific room; know what you want, but also what you don't want. Sure, creating an open space with the kitchen and dining room would be great, but you don't want to lose storage space.
And yes, this $100 000 wooden table is wonderful, but I doubt it would last long with your two-year-old. To summarise, write down your needs and desires to know what should be done, and keep it in mind during the process.
This crucial step will also allow you to know if you really need to work with an interior designer or if the work that needs to be done could be done by someone else (a friend, a colour consultant, a painter or even yourself).
However, if you do decide to work with an interior designer, they’re going to review your needs with you, so having them already listed will save you precious time.
You need to know what you're after - go nuts online
Once you’ve determined the nature of your needs, examine the different possibilities and modifications that could be brought to your room. Try to find inspiration online and in magazines. Websites such as Pinterest, houseandgarden, getdecorating and we heart it and home decoration TV shows will be your best friends at that time.
Time to look for a professional interior designer
After gathering a few inspiring pictures, you can start looking for the interior designer who will take your project in charge. The key to realise this step efficiently is to look at different designers portfolio and to talk to the people who’ve worked with them.
Another great thing to do is to ask for submissions of a possible design for your room and to choose from those. Trying to find a designer who really works towards his client's needs whether than to embellish his own portfolio will allow you to make sure that your wishes are truly going to be respected.
The following step, once having reached out to a specific interior designer to collaborate with them, is to tell them what you want as well as how much you're willing (and able) to pay for it. The designer is qualified to tell you if your budget is realistic and if not, what could be done with it. Be sure to clearly state from the beginning of the process the amount of money that you want to invest in the project in order to avoid any bad surprise.
In the end, as in any relationship, the key to a great collaboration with your interior designer is communication. Don't retain yourself from asking questions, trying new things and make it clear when you don't like something. After all, you are the one who's going to live in this space.
To know more about home decoration and interior designers, I recommend:
HOMEPORTFOLIO. Choosing An Interior Designer - How To Choose An Interior Designer, http://www.homeportfolio.com/how-to/how-to-select-an-interior-designer,
DECORILLA. How To Find An Interior Designer That’s Right For You, https://www.decorilla.com/online-decorating/how-to-find-an-interior-designer/
- Alex Hirsch