Decorating a home is a complex and time-consuming process
and the relationship between the client and Interior Decorator
is a critical component to whether you achieve the final result
that you're looking for. Sometimes, this relationship can go
off the rails so it's helpful to know when it's not a
good idea to hire a professional to help you with your decorating
You're confident in your own ability to decorate
An industry survey found that only 15% of adults have the
ability to visualize colours and patterns in an empty room. If
you're one of those lucky 15% who knows exactly what they want
their space to look like and enjoy the agony and the ecstasy
of searching for the right fabric and piece of furniture, liaising
with the trades and managing the project from start to finish,
then go for it!
As with any profession, accredited interior decorators have
an expertise that clients pay for because they do not have the
knowledge and expertise themselves. This is the value-for-money
factor that is expressed with any service that's purchased. If
you have the confidence in your own ability to decorate, then
you won't see a positive value for your money, and this will
lead to problems in the client-decorator relationship.
The trust factor
Trust plays a huge role in the relationship: the client needs
to be able to feel confident that the decorator knows what he/she
is doing in order to provide the authority to the decorator to
manage the project. If you are not comfortable with the idea
of relinquishing these responsibilities, then perhaps you should
reconsider hiring a professional. Second-guessing, micro-managing
and hyper-stressing have a negative impact on the relationship
and consequently, the final outcome.
The best results are achieved from a mutually respectful partnership.
The client must trust the decorator to fulfill his/her obligations
based on their expertise. The decorator must trust the client
to be open and honest when it comes to communicating likes and
dislikes, desired outcomes and that a final decision is final.
TV design shows are not real life
If you think that a major decorating or renovation project can
be finished in a weekend or even in a month and that the budgets
on TV are achievable, then you are setting yourself up for a
major disappointment. In addition, your expectations have a huge
impact on how well the project goes. Depending on the availability
of fabrics and a myriad of other purchases, and the schedules
of installers and trades, the length of time to finish a project
can stretch out to many months. Realistic expectations regarding
objectives, budget and timing need to be established from the
start and agreed to by both the client and the decorator.
Working with a professional Interior Decorator can be a positive,
fulfilling experience. It's a partnership that is formed to create
your own personal space, so knowing when not to enter that partnership
is just as important as knowing when you should.