To help eliminate the frustrations of deciding whether to tackle a home improvement project by yourself, or hire a professional home interior designer, I’ve created a list of questions to ask yourself that will assist you with making a decision.
Improving your home by redesigning the look and feel of several rooms all at once takes forethought and planning to achieve the desired results that you have in your mind. Although you might have a creative flair for using color in your home, and your friends and family have told you that your decorating and design talents are exceptional, how do you really know if you want to take on the project by yourself?
Here are ten questions to assist you in the process. After you have finished jotting down your answers, you just might have made your decision (especially if you answered no to more than one-third of the questions).
1. When looking at your calendar, do you have large blocks of time available every week for your interior design project tasks?
2. Is it easy and natural for you to place a paint sample next to a fabric swatch and imagine how the colors and materials will look in the room you want to decorate?
3. When you think about re-doing three rooms in your home, do the required tasks feel overwhelming to you considering that you’ll have to do everything by yourself?
4. Have you already purchased paint and accessories for one of the rooms, but now you’re not sure about the colors you’ve chosen?
5. Did you find inspiration for redesigning one or more of the rooms in your home from a picture in a magazine, but now you’re not sure if you like the style, whether retro, eco-friendly, minimalist, traditional or contemporary?
6. Are you the sole person making all the color and design decisions, or do you live with someone who totally disagrees with the changes you’re about to make?
7. Do your plans include more than decorating with paints and fabrics?
8. To achieve your desired goals for improving your home, will it be necessary to knock down walls, and relocate water sources and electrical components?
9. Do you have money available now because you were thinking of buying a new home, but have recently decided to stay in your current home rather than moving to another home and starting all over?
10. Do you live in an historic part of town and you’d like to have the inside of your home reflect the area where you live, but you don’t have a clue where to start?
Interior designers may make interior design look easy but it is an extremely time and energy consuming job if you can’t give a positive answer to all these questions you may want to think about booking your first free consultation!