With so much inspiration available on TV, in magazines, and online these days, you may develop the confidence to pull a space together yourself. You may have an eye for design, a knack for putting together a killer colour palette or maybe creativity just comes naturally to you. Regardless of what you may be capable of creatively, an interior decorator is still a huge added value to any decorating project.
The most obvious added value is time. A professional interior decorator would take control of your project and take a lot of the work off your plate. In an era where we’re the busiest we’ve ever been, where most households consists of two working parents, and we’re all about maximizing productivity, we realize that our time is best spent doing what we’re good at and hiring out the parts that someone else can do better and/or quicker. Skip all of the long research! A qualified decorator will quickly know where to find the most comfortable couch in Montreal, where to find local custom lighting shops and how to fit the right pieces for your space. Of course you will save time by not having to actually figure out how and where to purchase the pieces you require to fill your space, but don’t overlook the countless hours spent on placing the orders, coordinating the deliveries, and dealing with damaged or defective product.
Decorators may not always be perfect since we’re also learning as we go, but we’ve completed enough decor projects to know the steps to take to avoid common mistakes. Professional decorators with enough projects under their belts have developed a process that they follow to ensure that the project runs as smoothly as possible from start to finish. Dimensioning a room and placing all of the furniture pieces on a floor plan sounds like a no-brainer, but it’s a critical step that most homeowners skip when decorating on their own. Winging the most fundamental part of decorating a room which is space planning can be a very costly mistake. Our processes determine everything from how we get through the conceptual work to how we strategically place our orders and track deliveries to make sure everything arrives on time and so much more.
Of course, there are also the more obvious design mistakes that you would avoid by hiring the right decorator. Small and common mistakes can include choosing the wrong paint colours, hanging your artwork or window coverings incorrectly or not being able to pull together the overall flow. Larger and more costly mistakes tend to come with product or installations that can’t be returned. We’ve seen it happen again and again and we’re usually called in when the damage is done to try to come up with solutions for working around a piece that simply isn’t right for the room. These mistakes include ordering a custom sofa that doesn’t fit, selecting the wrong fabric, fullness or design of custom window coverings, or not catching the pink undertone in an expensive stone accent wall until it’s installed.
It’s rare that a decor project ends at purchasing furniture. There’s always a need for qualified trades to complete installations like painting, electrical work, wallpaper, drapery installations, custom finishes or furniture. A decorator has all of those essential contacts and can skillfully coordinate them to complete their portion of the work in the correct order at the right time. With such a small design community in Montreal, trust that your designer will maintain key relationships with the suppliers that they work with. This means that if and when you run into an issue that may require a few strings to be pulled, your decorator will be right there to do everything that they can to make sure that the issue will be resolved with little to no impact to your project in terms or timing, budget, or aesthetic.
Last but not least, a decorator will make sure the space you end up with is beautiful and functional for your needs. A common misconception that comes with hiring a decorator is that you will have to submit your aesthetic to a designer’s tastes but that’s far from the truth. It is of course always suggested to hire a decor professional that designs spaces that you love but a good decorator will start the process with listening to your needs and how you’d like your home to feel. From there it should be a collaboration that meshes your ideas with theirs. If they can push you outside of your comfort zone to wow you with the best results, that’s totally something they will do!
So take the leap and give a couple of your favourite designers a call to see how they can help you! Then, just sit back and enjoy the process that ends with you enjoying your new home with your favourite glass of bubbly!