Decorating a home can be an arduous task as there are so many things to be taken care of. What should be the color of the walls? What color furniture would be appropriate? What décor style should be chosen? What should be the theme of the children’s room; and what kind of furniture should be chosen for them? What kind of accessories should be picked up for the living room? These questions might not always be simple to answer. In fact, you might even end up feeling boggled, unless you can spare a lot of time for decorating your home.Therefore, many of us prefer to take the services of an interior decorator to accomplish the task of home decoration. However, this might not be as simple a task, as choosing an interior decorator carries a few technical aspects, which must be taken care of.
Factors To Consider While Choosing An Interior Decorator
Know Your Needs
The primary step towards searching an interior decorator should always be analyzing your own requirements along with the method of working. This is important since, the interior decorator is first going to have a hearty chat with you to learn about you and your family, and then would he finally make a plan for decorating your house. Until and unless you are sure about your own requirements, you would not be able to guide him properly. Therefore, have the answers to certain question ready before meeting a decorator.
These questions could be, for instance: Would you like to be around as the decoration goes on, or would like to see the house only after the work is completed?; Would you like to have style options provided to you or you have some idea of your own in your mind?; Would you like to provide the required raw materials yourself? How would you choose the decoration style? Would you like to see the images or visit an actual site before zeroing in on anything?; Would you be alright, if the decorator uses his own approach while working on your house?; How soon do you want the work to be complete? Is there a set deadline in your mind? etc.
The Scope Of Your Project
Next you should be able to define the scope of the decoration work. This too is an important consideration while making the choice of an interior decorator. If the work is not too expanded and there is just a part of the house to be decorated or only a few things to be done, then you could go in for a new decorator. However, make sure that the new and the old work are in synchrony so that the old things don’t look out of place.
In case you are looking forward to the decoration or redecoration of the whole home, then you should probably approach an experienced decorator. He/she would know how to make the best out of available framework and create the best out of it. On the other hand, it is not a completely bad idea to take the services of a new decorator and pay a lower price, but you might have to pay the price of his/her lack of practical knowledge at the completion of the work. Also, set the financial scope of the work before the work starts so that your decorator can consider it while decorating your home.
Verify The Documents
As you shortlist the decorators’ names, make sure to check their qualifications. Though many people tend to ignore it, it is important to see that the decorator you hire has a valid degree in interior design. This would not only certify to you the fact that the decorator is well learned, but would also keep the legal aspects clear in case there happen to be any problems in the later run.
Note The Experience
At the same time, take a note of the experience that they have. Just like many other fields of learning, experience and practice is a major credential for determining the quality of work that is produced by an interior decorator. Through the various projects that a decorator has taken up, he/she would have explored the nuances of this work practically. Therefore, it would be an added incentive that you would get if you allow an experienced decorator to decorate or redecorate your home.
Hold An Interview
Eventually, you must conduct an interview with the shortlisted decorators. After having considered the above mentioned points, you can talk to the various interior decorators in your city or town and screen them based on the above listed points. This would later be followed by interviewing the shortlisted decorators face to face, to learn about their style of working better.
Some of the points that you may verify with the decorators are: their educational status and experience in the field; the number and the specializations of the members in their staff; some images and site visits for getting an idea of their work styles; the standard span of their budget; the standard time they take for completing work; the charges they demand;are they comfortable working on smaller projects; their network of technicians and sub-contractors; do they allow the owners to provide their own inputs?; do they have any references to support their quotation, etc.
Ultimately, you should find out about the proposed budget of the interior decorator, whose services you are planning to seek. The decorator should provide you a rough estimate of all the changes that he/she proposes to make in your home and should let you have a clear image of how much you are going to pay for each component of the decoration project.
In this way, you would even be able to skip the less important parts of the project and bring the cost of the project into your set budget. Some of the standard charges that the decorators demand other than the material and labor costs are the design fee, hourly rate, cost plus method charges, mixed method charges etc. Finally, after verifying all these aspects and asking all the questions that have been listed above, you can finalize on the name of an interior decorator for your home. In the end of the process, you are sure to feel that it was a difficult task; however, the choice you make eventually would not leave you disappointed and you would have your house designed as per your expectations!