What expertise does an interior decorator/designer have?
What is the difference between interior decorating and redesign?
How long does a redesign makeover take?
What is home staging?
How much do home staging services typically cost?
What is a consultation fee?
Why do interior decorators/designers charge a consultation fee?
What do I get in the initial consultation?
Should I hire a professional interior decorator?
What if all I need are ideas? Can an interior decorator still help me?
Is there anything I should do before I hire a decorator?


   

Q.       What expertise does an interior decorator/designer have?

A.        Interior designers/decorators can help you by providing unique solutions to space planning issues and assisting with the selection of and placement furnishings, art, accessories and more. A decorator can help you put your creative stamp on your home through many areas of specialization, including:

  • Colors and how they relate to one another.

  • Patterns and how they relate to one another.

  • Human perception of space, depth, and texture.

  • Compatibility of furniture styles.

  • Effective space utilization.

  • Specialized painting techniques, window treatments, and much more!


Q.        What is the difference between interior decorating and redesign?

A.        Both interior decorating and redesign are ways to revitalize your space. 

Redesign, often considered the most affordable type of décor service, is a specialized concept of placement. This approach involves arranging and blending existing furnishings, artwork, and accessories in the best way imaginable to transform a room.

Interior decorating creates an entirely new look for the space and involves the purchase of new elements such as furniture, artwork, decorative accessories, window treatments, rugs, lighting, paint, etc.


Q.        How long does a redesign makeover take?

A.        In most cases, approximately 5-6 hours, depending on the size of the room.   


Q.        What is home staging?

A.        Home staging is the art of marketing a home to prospective buyers so that it appears hospitable and "liveable."

Staging entails depersonalizing the space, removing clutter, rearranging furniture and accessories, and showcasing the best features of the home so that it appeals to buyers.


Q.        How much do home staging services typically cost?

A.        Home staging costs only a fraction of a percentage of your  home’s current value. 

Most services range from $1500 and up.  Considering the return on investment following home staging, the profits outweigh the initial costs.


Q.        What is a consultation fee?

A.        A consultation fee covers a designer's initial evaluation service. 

In the consultation, a designer provides assessment and advisement to the client. This fee, typically an hourly charge, covers the consultant’s time and professional recommendations, drawing samples and design scenarios that are used to accomplish the project.


Q.        Why do interior decorators/designers charge a consultation fee?

A.        A designer truly has two key things to sell you: time and talent. 

Every client and every project is important to us, but there are only so many hours in a day. The initial time that we spend together should function solely for your benefit and to your advantage.  Through the process of actively listening, learning, and understanding your needs and desires, an appropriate recommendation will be made to help you achieve your project objectives.  A consultation can also help you avoid costly mistakes by having a professional opinion prior to making any design changes.


Q.         What do I get in the initial consultation?

A.         You can expect the following from your initial consultation:

  • An onsite visit accompanied with a survey and discussion of your design goals for the space.

  • Answers to your questions.

  • A rough concept and ideas, options, and strategies based upon the information you provide.

  • If you desire, we will make plans to implement the next step in the design process.


Q.        Should I hire a professional interior decorator?

A.        Yes!  People make many costly mistakes when it comes to deciding how their rooms should look. By hiring a professional, you can save time and money by receiving (at minimum) professional tips and ideas through an initial consultation.


Q.        What if all I need are ideas? Can an interior decorator still help me?

A.        Yes! Even if all you need are ideas, So Chic can certainly help you.

Our consultations, a la carte services, and even DIY (Design-It-Yourself Option) all allow you to get the ideas that you want without committing to direct labor costs.


Q.        Is there anything I should do before I hire a decorator?

A.        Yes, we highly encourage that you do the following before hiring a decorator:

  • Set a target budget for your project.

  • Decide what you want to keep and remove from your home.

  • Consult various interior design magazines to get ideas and help define your personal decorating style.

    Taking these steps will make it easier for you as you move along the design process!