How to Choose a Good Decorator

An interior decorator is responsible for creating and executing aesthetic design plans for interior spaces. Their duties vary from job to job, depending on the project, and may include things like selecting a color scheme, shopping for furniture and home d�cor objects, arranging for the completion of home decorating projects, advising on fixtures and designing window treatments. If you are interested in hiring an interior decorator, then it is important that you find 1 that is best suited to you and your needs. Follow these steps for how to choose a good decorator.


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    Get a feel for your own personal style. Choosing a decorator is easier when you know what kind of effect you want to accomplish through your interior d�cor, and when you can explain it to your decorator. Take notes, make a list of what you like and don't like and put together a collection of pictures that you can show your decorator after exploring different styles using these methods:
    • Tour model homes. Model homes are generally decorated by local interior decorating professionals, who use the homes as a showcase of their taste, ability and industry know-how. Touring model homes allows you the opportunity to see what the local talent has to offer, and also clues you in regarding current decorating trends.
    • Look through home d�cor magazines. You can find myriad decorating aesthetics, products and techniques by leafing through industry magazines. Create a scrapbook of magazine clippings that speak for your personal tastes.
    • Watch home design television shows. Home design shows are a great resource for decorating styles and industry trends. Moreover, you may be able to identify 1 or a number of specific television decorators that you can reference to your own decorator when trying to communicate your style.
    • The Internet is full of websites that cater specifically to those looking for decorating ideas.
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    Develop a budget. Before you meet with an interior decorator, you should know exactly what you want to accomplish, in what spaces, and how much you are able to spend. You will want to choose a decorator who can work with your budget.
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    Interview several decorators. Find decorators through online directories, or ask around for referrals in order to compose a list of decorators you want to interview, then schedule meetings with those decorators.
    • Personal aesthetic. Ask decorators to describe their ideal design aesthetic, and assess which you might make a good match with. Any good decorator should be able to decorate in a wide variety of styles, but it is a good idea to consider choosing a decorator whose personal tastes are in line with your own.
    • Portfolios. Every decorator has a portfolio of past projects, and looking through these examples of a decorator's work will give you a good idea of that decorator's personal style and versatility.
    • Project length. Describe what you want to accomplish and ask how long it will take each decorator to complete the project. This is an especially important tip if you must have your decorating done within strict time constraints.
    • Management style. Ask how the decorator plans tasks, i.e. what type of work they would contract out, how often they will be checking in with you and what kind of checks and balances system they have in place to ensure the work you hired them to do is completed in a satisfactory manner.
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    Check references. The best way to gauge the quality of an interior decorator is to ask people who have used the decorator's services. Any reputable professional will be able to give you a contacts sheet of verifiable references. Call every reference, and be sure to ask about the following:
    • Results. Choose a decorator whose references guarantee that the desired aesthetic appeal was accomplished by the decorator, and within budget and time frames.
    • Work ethic. It is important to find out if the decorator was self-motivated and action-oriented, or if the client had to provoke the decorator to stay on task. Additionally, a good decorator should always be on time, and should make it a point to be thoroughly knowledgeable about the industry.
    • Personality. You want to ensure that the interior decorator you choose expresses personality traits that are easy for you to work with, such as receptiveness, attention to detail, active listening, openness to ideas and input, good communication and accessibility.

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