Once upon a time your home looked great. You have heavily ornamented wallpapers on your walls, impressive Oriental carpets and old-fashioned (but not so worthy) furniture. And you live in the 21st century. You feel the need of a change.
This is just a possible scenario. Whatever your reasons, when you decide to redecorate your home, you should ask yourself a simple, but essential question: "DIY or hire a professional designer?"
If you are a busy businessman (or woman), you probably do not even consider do-it-yourself as an alternative. Sure you've already got the yellow pages in your hands or you are already browsing the web looking for that perfect interior design firm to redecorate your home. But if you are not so busy, why should you hire an interior designer? You have all that free time, why not do something useful out of it? Because, if you are not experiences with interior design, if you have no skill whatever, your attempt might end up in a redecorating disaster. You'll need someone to help you get organized and tell you approximately how much everything is going to cost.
Of course, interior designers cost too. But hiring a professional interior designer from the start will prevent from having to pay unexpected costs like: the wrong color, the unsuitable piece of furniture, the "no-style" decorations and the out of place accents. In the modern competitive society, you might as well get lucky and find a decorator that offers a first consultation free of charge. Now, that's a price worth paying!
How do you know whether the interior designer will do the job right or not? Well, that's quite simple; the first (and free) consultation will be elucidatory – after you clarify to your decorator what colors you like, show him or her your home and the actual decorations, go together over some pictures (the decorator should have bought along some decoration samples or catalogs ) of residences and styles; the professional interior designer should be able to identify your style. If the designer will not ask any personal questions related to hobbies, favorite colors, entertainment preferences, preferred movie stars, favorite music, cultural background or others of the kind, you should move to the next. A curios designer is a good designer. And a good designer will never try to impose his (her) style on you! A curious designer will use the information gathered in this first meeting to put up together some ideas for the next meeting. That's when he (or she) will show you plans, sketches, wallpaper samples, color samples, fabric samples and so on. Then you choose what you like, point out what you dislike and let your designer do the rest.
Consider an interior designer as your temporary employee and understand that you are allowed and should point out his or her mistakes. After all it's your house that needs a perfect interior design, so do not be afraid to impure your taste when necessary!