There are many online decorating services available today and it can be hugely helpful to people who want the advice of an expert but don’t want to burst their budget. That said, it doesn’t work for everyone – and it can be a disaster. These four tips will help you make the most of an online decorator.
1. Be willing to do some groundwork
When it comes to giving information to your online decorator, more is better. Take quizzes to learn about your personal style, read through magazines or websites to find items that appeal to you, and be willing to do measurements, take photos, and communicate regularly with your decorator. Remember that they’ll never set foot in your home, so it’s up to you to do a lot of the work.
2. Understand what to look for in a decorator
As you look through various online portfolios, you want to find someone who has numerous examples of rooms or homes that are in exactly your style – right? Wrong! What you’re looking for is someone who’s flexible, versatile, and can offer their clients exactly what their clients want. If you find someone who seems to have very similar products for different clients, then they’re not providing what the client wants – they’re simply decorating in their own style.
3. Don’t worry about hurting your designer’s feelings
Some people have a hard time speaking up. They worry that if their designer suggests something they don’t like, that it’s rude to tell them. It’s not! Remember that you are a customer and the designer is providing a service. They’re doing their best to match what they can find with what you like and they’ll actually appreciate you telling them if you don’t like an idea – it helps them further narrow down what you’re looking for.
4. Remember the difference between renovation and redecorating
A virtual interior decorator is best used when you have a bedroom that you want to outfit with new draperies, bedspreads, and art, or a living room that needs new furniture – it’s not meant for major renovations. If you find that you’re looking to change flooring, repaint rooms, or install new plumbing fixtures, then you’re going to want a local contractor who can work with you in-person.
Half Price Drapes is always here to help you measure windows, find the perfect sheer curtains, velvet draperies, or anything in between. Reach out to us today and let us put our passion to work for you!