Creating a pleasing interior for your home takes a practiced eye and lots of experience. Unfortunately, choosing an interior decorator can be slightly more challenging than deciding on the best carpenter or architect. The reason for this is that there are generally no licensing requirements needed before you can call yourself an interior decorator and as such the market may have become littered with second rate providers. However, there are still things you can pay attention to in order to go about finding a suitable interior decorator who can work within the parameters of your creative vision.
When you’re interviewing potential decorators for your next interior decoration job, you can ask to check their credentials and previous work. Some won’t have official credentials, as the job of interior decorating requires more artistic flair than being book smart, but it’s a good place to start. What you are really after is their level of experience and a design concept that is symbiotic to your own. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder so the more interior decorators you interview the better. What one considers beautiful you may consider hideous, so always check their portfolio of previous work to make sure their skills are in line with your artistic vision.
You want an interior decorator with creative flair but you also don’t want to give them complete free reign. Work out everything that you want included in the design. Be as specific as you can as the more details you give the decorator to work with the more to your liking the design will be.
Of course, with modern technology it is easier for the modern decorator to create a mockup your design ideas on a computer. With just the dimensions of the room to work with it’s often just a matter of moments for them to produce a fairly accurate mockup of your new lounge room or kitchen, which can then be tweaked and modified until it looks exactly how you want it to.
Keep in mind that you are hiring the interior decorator for their expertise and creativity. Once they have all the input you can possibly give them, it’s time to give them a certain amount of artistic license and a degree of latitude. As the job progresses you may find that you or the decorator have new ideas so be sure to keep an open mind and the communication channels wide open.