Some people think that interior decorating is choosing out a new couch for their living room. Others will think of curtains, drapes, and perhaps some overstuffed pillows. Others will think of painting the walls a new, fashionable shade to match their mood and decor. Every one of these things are things that interior decorators can help you with to bring the whole feel of your home together. He or she will be able to take what is a boring space and transform it into something that is not only functional, but transform it into a room that shows your true personality.

If you have checked out the Internet or the phone pages for your area, you probably have seen that there are several interior decorators listed. So which one should you choose? Some questions you should ask first are how the decorator will design your home, given that there are rambunctious children and pets about. If it is important for your home to be decorated with environmentally safe materials, will he or she be able to accommodate this? Ask if there are any colors that you certainly want to work with and what their style is, and then see if it matches up to your style and vision for your home.

It is important that, when interviewing interior decorators, to keep in mind that room should be updated to appear beautiful and elegant, but it should also still be functional and livable. Some functional yet fashionable choices that good interior decorators will make for any room of your home are carts and shelving that can hold up a lamp, candles, pictures, and other items and can be easily moved around the room; or chests that can also double as a sort of storage unit, a seating area, or even as a table should the need arise.

Some other considerations to make and questions to ask the interior decorator before hiring them are:

  • How did you come to be an interior decorator?
  • What sort of courses or education do you have supporting this trade? What school?
  • How long have you been doing interior decorating (what is your experience)?
  • If you had free reign and could make a room up to anything you would like it to be, what would it look like?

These questions will help you discover whether they are qualified for the job, whether they are passionate about the job, and what their sense of style is like.

When you have found an interior decorator you are exciting to work with, begin drawing up your plans together! Be sure to have a set budget so that both the decorator and you know exactly what you are working with. Make sure that this budget is firm and will not change during the course of the project - even if it is to add in some new leather sofas.