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Even when you are working with professionals on your interior home renovation — interior decorators and contractors, in particular — getting to know what is happening in their heads during the process can make your remodelling project much easier. When you know what they need from you, your home renovation will be a much smoother project. When it comes to interior design, what you do can be just as important as what you don’t do, and to be completely honest, sometimes a homeowner’s instinct can have a a negative impact on the project.
So, how do you know if you’re helping or hurting your renovation? Here are some don’ts that will help simplify your interior design project.
Don’t wait to make important decisions
When you begin a project with your interior decorator, you want everything to come together as quickly and efficiently as possible, so the best thing to do is to make sure you have made every single decision before the work begins. Don’t worry, your interior decorator will make sure you don’t forget anything. It is rarely the situations that come up on the job that cause delays. Usually, the issues are related to decisions about paint, trim and finishings. They may seem small when you look at each piece separately, but one delay in something “small” can and will push back every other aspect of the remodel.
Don’t be a distraction
We know it sounds a bit harsh, but every minute you spend talking to your contractor or decorator while they are supposed to be working on your home is another minute lost. Before you pick up the phone or stop your contractor from picking up that paintbrush, ask yourself this question: “Is this important and will it have an impact on the job?” If you have already made your decisions, as we recommended above, everything should already be running fairly smoothly. If you have an important question, call and leave a message for your decorator, who is overseeing the project, to get back to you when it is convenient. Otherwise, let them contact you to keep you updated.
Don’t change your mind (too much)
We know that changing your mind is inevitable, but remember, every time you change your mind you lose time. Your interior decorator will have to cancel an order, place a new order and wait for the supplies to arrive. So even if the change may seem minor, there are always added costs, even it is only the time spent discussing and waiting for the change. Your interior decorator will make sure that everyone working on the job is informed about the change so that no one is working on the old plan. The last thing you’d want to see is the old paint colour going up on the walls when a new on is on its way. Changing your mind is ok, if it is minor and only happens once or twice, but be aware of the potential to disrupt and delay the project.
Don’t ignore your existing style
You may be admiring that ultra-modern living room in your latest home design magazine, but is it a style your home can pull off? Work with your interior decorator to establish a style that will not look out of place with the rest of your home. That’s not to say that you can’t work a modern look into your Victorian home, but there is a right way to incorporate new style elements and your decorator will help guide you in how to do it. There are not hard and fast rules — your home can most certainly evolve with the times — but make sure you truly understand your style and have your decorator help show you how you can create the look you want without disrupting the existing style of your space.
Don’t work without a plan
Before you start calling in the contractors — or worse, tearing things out yourself — make sure you have worked with an interior decorator to establish a good plan that will give you the aesthetic you want. Your decorator will create a detailed floor plan that puts every element on paper. This way, they can easily catch any problems before they are built. You may be able to create a functional space or a beautiful space without a plan, but if you want to combine these two characteristics, you will want to hire a decorator. They are the the experts in design and you will not regret your decision to invest in working with a professional when everything comes together with little stress on your day-to-day life.