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Interior Design and Decorating

Updated on January 8, 2012

Interior Design

A sustainable kitchen designed by an interior designer.
A sustainable kitchen designed by an interior designer. | Source

New and existing homeowners look to periodically enhance their home design plans with new elements and sometimes structural changes. And of course design styles, colors, features and accessories, and taking in the feel of the neighborhood's novice style or vintage character, sets the stage for numerous design directions. Those who know what they want, know how to pull everything together. But for those stuck in design mayhem, local interior designers can step in.

Interior designers offer consultant and design planning services, they orchestrate total makeovers of single rooms to whole-house transformations. And when a homeowner is looking to sell, interior designers help them stage their home with attractive, well-placed furniture and décor that appeals to potential homebuyers.

Interior Design

Planning the design of a home may be easy for some people who know exactly what they want and who have the eye and the insight to execute their ideas in their home design. For others, interior decorating is nothing short of challenging – coordinating fabrics and styles, incorporating old with new, and making the house feel like home, is sometimes easier said than done.

Finding an interior designer is not as challenging as tackling the job yourself. Contact an interior designer with extensive experience as an independent agent and who has an impressive portfolio of past projects. One outstanding characteristic of the right interior designer for the job is the ability to listen and decipher from your words, personal presentation and existing home elements, your particular style and preferences.

Another characteristic to appreciate of an interior designer is her creative ability to infuse her own eye for design with the homeowner's vision to raise the bar on the quality of the final product. When it comes to designing a space for someone else, versatility and openmindedness shows through an interior designer's work.

Home Staging

In the face of an impending move, a homeowner has much to think about, strategize for and of course, pack. But if the house has yet to be sold and interest in the property is steadily declining, call in an interior designer to stage the house. Home staging helps soon-to-be new homeowners see themselves, and their future life, in a home they are considering buying. And since people are so different – some having creative insight to immediately see a home's potential, and others who can't see past the stuff – home staging renders the place as neutral, and yet stylish, as possible.


Shopping for furniture pieces transitions the design ideas to a tangible reality. Furniture stores display furniture set up as rooms to help clients get an idea of how the arrangements work in a home setting. The availability of different styles of furniture in the store is made possible by its large inventory – so if the right pieces aren't on display inquire about a furniture catalog, select the furniture pieces of your choice, and the store will have them delivered. And if it doesn't feel right, don't be afraid to shop around. After all, it is your home, and it is you, your family and your guests who will enjoy its interior spaces.


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    • Naima Manal profile imageAUTHOR

      Naima Manal 

      6 years ago from NY

      KoffeeKlatch Gals, that is so true. It is a very rewarding experience when an enthusiastic interior designer collaborates with a client who needs help decorating with colors, textures and styles. Thank you very much!

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      Susan Hazelton 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      It seems some people were born to decorate and some weren't. If you were born without a decorator gene it makes sense to find someone who has it. Great advice. Up and useful.


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