With so many different designs, decorating styles, and ideas in magazines, on TV, and online, it makes sense that creating the perfect look and feel for your home can seem overwhelming. The good news is you don’t have to tackle the project on your own. An experienced designer will review your ideas, help you budget, and ultimately present you with a cohesive design concept.
Read on to find out why hiring an expert designer is one of the best choices you can make when preparing to renovate or redecorate.
Sometimes knowing where to start can be the hardest part for a homeowner. When a professional designer walks into a room, they can offer ways to make the best use of space. This includes understanding how rooms should be laid out to maximize the area, as well as knowing which pieces should be omitted, repurposed, or replaced.
More than likely you already have a certain feeling or look you hope to achieve when you decide you’re ready for a change. A designer will bring together your ideas to determine not only what you want but what you need, taking both functionality and aesthetics into consideration.
The most successful design projects should include precise and detailed information for finished products. Having clear directions, specifications, and measurements early on ensures you get the most accurate timing and pricing. Therefore, whether you’re just changing up your paint color and room accents or thinking about a full reno, a designer can bring fresh eyes and expertise to your project and get it done right on budget and in a timely manner.
Lilly Wells is a freelance writer
Ask a Designer
Q: My husband and I purchased our home because we fell in love with the oversized sunroom, but now that we’re in it, we’re not sure how to create the cottage feel we envisioned.
A: Southern California allows us to bring in a little piece of summer all year long. There are lots of ways to achieve the look and feel, some pricier than others, but here are a few you can start with.
Add crisp, white slipcovers to couches or chairs. Not only will you achieve a casual, comfortable, and inviting look, you’ll be able to launder them with ease when they’re not looking their brightest. Layering white slipcovers with lots of feather-filled toss pillows in prints, checks, and stripes will add color and personality to a neutral backdrop.
Apply shiplap to your walls to add texture and fresh matte paint for a comfortable but sophisticated look.
Consider hand-painted surfaces and weathered finishes for tables. Look for pieces in greys, blues, and even a pop of red for something unexpected. Wicker tables, chairs, and baskets can also add an element of charm to a cottage room.
To ground your room, opt for a sisal rug large enough to go under your upholstered pieces. Remember that the size of the rug defines the size of the room. A too-small rug will make your space appear smaller than it actually is.
Lighting and Accessories
Twig light fixtures bring the outdoors in. Look for vintage decorative vessels in china or tin and fill with greenery and fresh blooms. Throw in some candles and you’ll have a cozy retreat you can enjoy all year long.