I’ve been in the design business for thirteen years and the most common thing that comes up with clients is their lack of confidence with decorating. Design can be quite easy if approached correctly. We all have an innate ability to decorate because we all know what we like and don’t like. The issue that most people face comes with editing.

I recently started working with a new client Mrs. W several weeks ago, and before I even had a chance to get her design plan together she had already started grabbing random samples, numerous cabinet brochures, appliances and picking sinks for her upcoming kitchen remodel. This is mistake number one. Many clients I see jump the gun and don’t honor the process. Mrs. W was no different. She had hired me to put together a kitchen layout, that she planned to work towards in about six months. But like most clients, the excitement took over and she started running all over town like an ecstatic three year old going to disneyland looking for kitchen “stuff”. The problem with this method is that nothing correlates with one another, and these mistakes cost you money.

Here are just a few things that Mrs. W selected. (shown above) On their own these items are lovely and beautiful but together they just don’t make sense. The colors and styles are all over the spectrum and the question should be what do they relate to?… At this point nothing. Designer to the rescue!

In order to gain confidence in your decorating decisions you need a plan. What is the style going to be? What colors do you prefer? Do the undertones and textures work harmoniously? Are the styles congruent? Do not leave the house until you know the answers to these questions. Otherwise, you’ll be running all over town grabbing every brochure and product you can get your hands on throwing away valuable time and money.

Remodeling is fun. You get to choose things that you want and you can build a space around your specific needs and desires. But do it wrong and the results will be less than fun and filled with regret…not something you want when you just spent thousands of dollars of your hard earned money.  Even if you are an astute DIYer if you feel there is trouble in the waters ahead, bring in a consultant to show you the way. A few hundred dollars invested in the beginning can help  save you thousands in the long run and a long line of regret. Take advantage of the available resources in your area. Designers, lighting specialists, cabinet designers, color experts, plumbing, finishes…and the list goes on. You will be happier in the end when the finished product is exactly what you envisioned and then some!

Need help with your next decorating project? Want your home to be stylish and bring you ultimate happiness?  Call my office today to book a phone consultation that will change the way you live and think about your home. Contact me @ info@gatesinteriordesign.com or call us @ 615-750-2763.

 

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