When it comes to design and decoration, we often look at these 2 and think that they are the same thing. This is however, not really the case. There are certainly crossovers which can be seen in both, but certain aspects of both fields make them completely unique. This starts to become evident when you look at an in them in any kind of real depth, and what it is that each does for our living spaces.
Designers are instinctively aware of the psychology of space, that is, what we do with the spaces around us. They have practical knowledge of aspects of the home, from the point of view of the human element. Their Job is to make sense of the flow which comes with living in a space. Decorators are more intuitive about certain items and placement of things like furniture or accent pieces which make the home not just practical to use, but that also look good. They understand style and architecture, as well as color and the use thereof.
The first and most important part of a designers job, is to know what we use the spaces around us for. It doesn’t matter the size, they are experts at knowing what needs to happen inside a space because of the psychological and practical knowledge they work with on a daily basis. The psychology of the space refers to how we as users interact with the space, meaning that a designer needs to understand the complex relationships between people and space. A designer is the reason that we don’t have all of our bedrooms upstairs and a single bathroom downstairs. Designers also use space in a different way, that is, to put a particular item in a set spot, like placement of the sink in a kitchen or a doorway in an otherwise open plan design. A good designer will try as much as possible to get into the thought processes of a client, and to create a functional home or work space from the client’s vision.
More fashionable than psychological, decorators want to make a room the best it can be. While an interior designer works to intelligently craft your space, decorators furnish it with what looks good. The one translates client needs into practical solutions, while the other is more concerned with beauty than practicality. A specific frame for a painting, or the right shade of wood for your furniture, these things are the province of a decorator. This is not to say that what they do is less important! Aesthetic beauty is still a vital part of how we view and enjoy our homes. Decorators essentially specialize in color matching and knowledge of what works where. They know how to accentuate a particular piece of furniture, or how to show off a room to best advantage. If you’re looking to transform a space from ordinary to extraordinary, you’ll call a decorator.
La la Land is America’s second biggest city, meaning that there are plenty of professionals to pick from. From the rich and famous dotted around Beverly Hills and Hollywood, to the intricate designs of a home-based production studio, there will be someone in the phonebook who can get you what you need.Be ready to take some time out of your day to choose who it is you really want to work with. It’s important to find the right decorator or designer, which isn’t always easy.
Start by browsing through the portfolios of potentials to get an idea of both what you want, and what’s out there. The scope of your project is also going to define who you choose. Do you need to remodel your kitchen, or do you need an entirely new style for your home? It’s always better to find a designer who specializes in what you need. You won’t hire someone with a history of designing office spaces to come in and do your bathroom! Decorators will also have a portfolio, so do the same if a splash of color is what you need. Remember, decorators are all about beauty, so look for one who shares your artistic vision.
Checking out different professionals also gives you a chance to consider your budget. Whether you want a simple touch-up or a full home re-vamp, there’s no getting away from it! At the end of the day, it’s about tailoring your search to the kind of work you need done. The more specific, the better! While most professionals worth their salt will be able to help you, finding someone who caters to your particular needs is the difference between a nice space and an amazing one.
If you remember, designers create flow and function in a space, whereas decorators focus on flair and fashion. You can expect a decorator to be able to choose a particular piece of furniture or a set of furniture which will complete a space. A designer on the other hand, will give you a top-to-bottom space solution to enhance and simplify your life. There are also generalists, who are capable of both. For example, these professionals know how to create a warm and inviting space that is also functional, combining the best of both worlds.
The average country-wide cost for an interior designer sints in the region of $50.00 to $200.00 per hour, but this is just for their services and not for anything that they may have bought. Los Angeles designers are likely to charge a 30% mark up on anything they’ve purchased because they often get them at a reduced cost. If your chosen designer is involved in every aspect of the process, you can expect the cost in Los Angeles to be somewhere closer to $75.00 to $1500.00, depending on the project’s scope. There is a chance that you will get charged per square foot, and L.A based designers charge and average of $6.00. To do the math for you, for a 6000 square foot property (Which is on average the largest single family home size in L.A), you’re looking at $96,000.00.
In the United States, to become a certified interior designer you have to pass 3 tests set by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ). In order to qualify for these tests you need to have a minimum of 2 years with certified postsecondary programs, plus a similar amount of time working under an experienced designer. What does this mean for you? Your money is getting you a bona fide professional.
You might think that there isn’t a real difference between a qualified designer or decorator and someone who simply gained their experience in the field. While it is true that practical experience does count for something, the value of the qualification can’t be understated. The psychology behind interior design for instance, isn’t something which can be simply “picked up”, and passion for something doesn’t guarantee professionalism. Furthermore, the experience of working under an established professional ensures that the designer you choose has the know-how to make the best of your project.
How can you tell the difference? Well, the law prevents you from calling yourself a certified designer or decorator without these qualifications.
First things first, back to budget. Many designers have a minimum amount that they’re willing to work with, so ensure that you find out what this is. While searching through portfolios you may find designers who do similar types of work for more competitive prices, so don’t forget to do your homework!
You may not know this, but once the designer has planned your creation, they will also purchase the items needed to complete it. You should choose a designer who offers post-design support; someone who’s willing to be available to consult for more than a mere month or two. The last thing you want is to hire a professional and find yourself making all the tough decisions long after they’re gone! Budget is also a concern, as unless you have the cash to get it all done to a tight deadline, you risk breaking the bank in buying all the bells and whistles in one go.
Once you’ve got budget worries out of the way, you can focus on picking on picking the perfect person to create your new space. Don’t forget, that not all designers and decorators are the same, they have their own personal passions and specialities, and it’s worth finding someone who is as excited about your vision as you are.
Follow these tips and if all goes well, you’ll have found the ideal artist to make your dream space a reality!