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Hired Help: How to Know When You Need an Interior Decorator

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Some people have a hard time asking for help, a difficult time turning over the reins of control to another person’s hand. While this is part of human nature, sometimes it’s not only okay to ask for help, it’s necessary. This is particularly true when it comes to home decorating. Home decorating can be a do-it-yourself project, but hiring a contractor can take it into a whole new realm, making your DIY seem DOA. Here are five ways to tell that you may benefit from some professional help.

You don’t have the time: Home decorating is all about details and details take time. If you work forty hours a week, have young children, or are bogged down with prior commitments, chances are you won’t have the time to finish what you’ve started, or even get started. In this case, hiring an interior decorator is the best solution. Hiring outside help frees you from the stress of having too many balls in the air, allows things to get done in a timely manner, and – as you won’t feel the need to be in several different places at once – doesn’t force you to be an advocate of human cloning.

You want to do something, but you aren’t sure what: If you’ve ever spent a day and a half painting your bedroom wall yellow only to decide weeks later that you would really like it blue, pick up the phone and call an interior decorator. One of the hardest parts, if not the hardest part, of interior decorating is knowing exactly what you want to do. If you’re indecisive or unsure of the look you are going for, solicit the opinion of a professional before you begin. This will not only save you time and money, but it will also save you endless amounts of frustration.

You don’t know where to find the materials you want:  Hardware stores, craft stores, and home décor stores might provide you with everything you – and your walls – could ever want. But, if they don’t, you might find yourself without anywhere else to look. This is an ample time to call an interior decorator. Not only will they know where to get the materials you seek, but they may also have access to top of the line materials for a lower price. Just like hospital workers know where to find the best medical equipment, interior decorators know where to find the pearls of their business.

You don’t have any experience:  If your experience decorating is limited to a cake you decorated for your spouse’s 35th birthday, the benefits you receive from hiring an interior decorator could be boundless. To begin, hiring someone with experience will help give you a room that doesn’t look like it was decorated by a novice. This isn’t to say that the decorator will take over and you will have no say in what is done: an interior decorator’s job is to refine the ideas and designs of the home owner. Working with a decorator can also help you, as the future decorator of your house, learn from a pro and tap into creativity you just might not have known you had.  

You want your house to knock peoples' socks off: Part of interior decorating is being creative and creativity, as many of us know, has no limit. Even rooms laden in simplicity can be filled with innovation and originality and there are no better people to accomplish this feat than interior decorators. These people are trained and paid to be inventive and they know how to take your room to a level that previously existed only in your imagination. Simply hire an interior decorator to make the room of your dreams… then just tell everyone else you did it yourself.

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