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Success A D ay W i t h
Considering a designer or decorator for a project?
Here are the skills designers put to the test to ensure
a project comes to life on time, on budget and
T E X T BY E S T R E LL I TA S . S I B I L A
Interior designers specialize in the planning of the interior elements of
a building’s design. In addition to the aesthetics of a space, an interior
designer creates a space that is functional, efficient, safe and enhances
the quality of working and living environments.
An interior decorator works only with surface decoration like paint,
fabric, furnishings, lighting and other materials. Because no license is
required, upholsterers, housepainters and other tradespeople can claim
the name “decorator” — so understanding the difference in skillsets will
help assess the best fit for your job.
The best type of designers can look at a space and implement a
multifunctional design that’s as flexible as your changing needs.
Understanding client needs, lifestyle and wishes will help prioritize
important decisions along the way and keep the focus on form, function
and financial feasibility.
Inches matter, so get your measuring tape ready and sharpen up your
math skills because design isn’t just about aesthetics and the color
wheel, it’s all a numbers game. Get acquainted with linear feet and
square feet and learn to measure accurately.
A great designer will know where to go to score the best-quality
products at your pricepoint. Working the design beat earns designers
connections, credibility and discounts that can be passed along to you.
A great designer will analyze information, evaluate products and always
help negotiate a better deal.
Communication is key in any relationship, and particularly so when working
with a designer. Luckily, the aesthetics, style and mood are communicated in
words, plans and pictures. Asking plenty of questions upfront and reviewing
renderings and models of the end product will ensure that your mental
image matches reality once the project is complete.