If you've just moved into a new home or want to redecorate your house to give it a fresh look, hiring an interior decorator can make your life easier. A professional designer will help give your house a personalized touch and make it a place you love to come home to.
You may think that you can't afford to hire an interior designer, but there are several ways that you can fit the services into your tight relocation or redecorating budget. Although you may not be able to have every room professionally designed, you should be able to give at least a few spaces the decor of your dreams.
After narrowing down the list of possible interior designers, it's important to communicate with them how much you have to spend on the decorating project. If they aren't able to work within your budget, you'll know before investing too much time and effort. They'll also let you know if your decorating desires are realistic given the amount of money you want to spend.
Here are some additional tips for hiring an interior decorator on a budget.
Reuse Items You Already Own
Just because you're moving cross country doesn't mean that you can't keep some of your beloved furniture and decor items. In fact, taking them along with you in a moving truck, trailer, or relocation cube may be more affordable than buying all new items.
When you get to your new location, tell your decorator what you already own so that they can work them into their design plans. They can then purchase items that coordinate with existing pieces, rather than purchasing everything brand new.
If you're just redecorating your current home, the designer can update the pieces with paint or other decor items to breathe new life into them. A professional decorator can also help you repurpose old pieces into things you didn't expect, such as transforming a stack of vintage suitcases into a side table.
Work with a Design College
One way to obtain the help of an interior decorator at a reduced cost is by hiring a student or intern from a local arts-based college. Ask for a decorator that is at the end of their program and who already has some real-world interior design experience.
As one option, you can hire a professional decorator to do the main spaces in your home, such as a master bedroom and kitchen, and the intern or student to handle the rest.