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This article discusses the benefits and drawbacks to doing a home decorating project yourself vs. hiring a professional designer.
When you choose to decorate your home, you have the option of doing it yourself or hiring a professional. There are many things to consider when making this decision, but the most important factors are your budget, skills and style.
With a variety of resources now available, such as books, magazines and websites, many people choose to design their own spaces. Before you decide to do the same, consider what the project is and what skills you have.
For simple projects like choosing color schemes and room arrangements, you can probably manage on your own. If you need help with color schemes, Better Homes and Gardens recommends using an artist's color wheel to figure out complementing colors.
If you're thinking about more complex projects that involve flooring or lighting, consider whether or not you have the time and skills to do the job. You may think doing it yourself can save some money on labor costs, but if the job isn't done properly, you may end up spending more money on repairs or wasted materials. There is also a chance that projects will take longer, which may be inconvenient depending on the scale of the project.
When deciding on a professional, you may want to hire either an interior decorator or an interior designer. Although these titles are used interchangeably, there are differences. According to Schools of Interior Design, interior designers must have formal training and pass an exam administered by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification, while interior decorators aren't required to have any formal training. When choosing either an interior decorator or an interior designer, find someone who understands your sense of style.
If you're hiring a contractor or a specialist to work on your home, they should provide proof of a license, references and photographs of previous work. You may also want to contact the Better Business Bureau (BBB) to check if there have been any complaints and how serious the complaints are. Make sure you approve the materials that are being used for the project.
You may also want to review with your contractor or specialist what the budget and the deadlines are. Regardless of what type of a professional you decide to hire, clearly explain what your style is and what your expectations are so there isn't any confusion.
These are few tips to consider when deciding on doing it yourself or hiring a professional.
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