The other night I was asked to address a group of Businesswomen and introduce them to my business. I had 3 minutes. Rather than tell them all about Inside Out Colour and Design, which they could read on the flyer I handed out or going onto my website, I thought I’d give them some information so if ever they needed a Decorator or Colour Consultant they would be forearmed. I thought I’d share the information here too.
An Interior Decorator looks at the aesthetics of a space and will advise on lighting, furniture and its placement, flooring materials, upholstery fabrics, style of window dressings and accessories.
A Colour Consultant will specify colours for all surfaces, inside and out, including paint, flooring, benchtops, tiles, pavers, guttering….. in fact, anything that’s coloured.
Many furniture and paint stores now have Interior Decorators and Colour Consultants who can give in-store or on-site consultations. These consultants usually only advise on the items from the store with which they are affiliated and their cost is then refundable on purchases made at that store.
Some independent Interior Decorators have retail outlets whilst others, like me, work from home. They can be found in the yellow pages, local paper or word of mouth. You should be able to view the decorator’s portfolio and they should be a member of the DIA which has a dispute resolution service should it be required.
A Decorator or Colour Consultant can save you money by avoiding costly mistakes. We are not as close to the emotion of the job as the owner is, so we can honestly advise what is best for your space rather than copying what others have in or on their home. What works in one home won’t necessarily work in another.
Over the years, Decorators build an extensive black book of suppliers and tradespeople, which saves the client many hours of run around time.
Some decorators have a signature look and are hired to create that look. Others are prepared to “channel” you putting your taste and personality into every room.
Once you’ve found your decorator, explain your needs clearly. Before your initial meeting, prepare an inspirations folder including pictures, colours or items which appeal to you. This will assist to convey your personal taste. The other aspect to consider is, can you work with this person? It can be a very personal thing so you must be able to get on with and like the decorator as well as feel she/he is attuned to your requests.
Prepare a realistic budget. One of the early questions to arise will be how much do you want to spend. It’s no point showing fabrics at $300 per metre if the entire budget for the living room curtains is $1200.
Interior Decorators and Colour Consultants should be engaged as early as possible. This will assist with the overall plan, making decisions easier and earlier. We can assist with renovations, building a new home or just updating a room.
It’s your space and must reflect you.