But, it’s worth the investment. You’ll end up with a higher quality product, often saving money and avoiding re-dos and change orders.

There’s a common misconception people have about working with an interior designer. That misconception is the time it takes to complete their project. HGTV, for instance, while offering many great ideas, leads one to believe that projects can be done in a week or two. Instant gratification should not be expected.

What advice do I have for those who want to re-decorate within a budget? I suggest prioritizing a list of your money wisely, to get the most out of your “to-do list”

What if my project just needs a consultation with a designer? No problem, in fact it’s a good place to start.

What does an interior designer do? An interior designer is professionally trained to create a functional and quality interior environment. Qualified through education, experience and examination, a professional can identify, research and creatively resolve issues that lead to a healthy, safe and comfortable physical space.

What is the difference between an interior designer and an interior decorator? Interior designers are professionally trained in space planning. In 18 states, they must pass a strict exam and be licensed. While both are concerned with aesthetics, style and mood, designers have comprehensive training and command skills. A decorator works only with surface decoration, paint, fabric and other materials. Because no license is required, upholsterers, house painters and other tradespeople also claim the name “Decorator”.

How do Interior Designers charge for their services? Designers work with a variety of fee structures and, as with other professions, base their fees on variables such as complexity of the project, time involved and geographical location.

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