You would think decorating and designing your home would be easy (many thanks to Pinterest), but once you actually start the process, you may realize that it's a lot more work than meets the eye. With so many different styles and options, how does one ever decide on furniture, artwork, paint colors and decor? Interior design is no easy task — and it's really not for everyone. Let's dig deep into the world of interior design and see if it could be worth it for you.
Simply put, an interior designer decorates your home and makes efficient use of the space provided. Interior decorators, on the other hand, just decorate. They add artwork, furniture and accents to make your home "you," but they aren't concerned with the use or function of the space. A designer often decorates, but a decorator never designs. An interior designer may conduct one or more of the following:
The cost of hiring an interior designer varies greatly. Most charge per hour, with the current market rate between $50 and $200 per hour. You would pay this in addition to the cost of furniture, accessories, artwork, etc. Some interior designers charge their clients by "marking up" the decor they choose. For example, you may agree to pay a 15 percent markup fee to your interior designer on all goods purchased.
This is a question only you can answer. If living in a well-designed and well-decorated home is a top priority of yours, it may be worth it to hire a professional. We suggest starting with one room and going from there. Another idea is to have the main rooms professionally decorated and then decorate the other rooms yourself, using the professional ones as a guideline. But of course, the main question on whether or not it's worth it is whether or not you can afford it.
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