Decorating and designing your home can be difficult without the help of a professional. So, we asked DC-based interior designer SkipSroka for his tips to doing it right.
Ask Your Interior Designer Lots of Questions
"What is it you want to accomplish? What is your priority? How long will you live here? While they are answering these questions I am forming thoughts, based on what I am hearing, to suggest paths for creating different solutions. I will need to make measured plans of the space to insure all is in scale, but in that first meeting discussing concepts and needs is most important. Also if they have pulled pictures of rooms they love is a big help. If they can’t find pictures of rooms they love, then rooms they hate and why is another way to start."
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Don't Fall Into Obvious Mistakes
"Buying something quickly, getting it and realizing the scale is wrong because they were looking for a quick, microwave mentality fix is the most common mistake I've seen. I find that one of the most important values I bring to their homes is an understanding of scale, who actually manufacturers the products (and what level of quality they are) they see on websites, and how to integrate lighting and interior architectural backgrounds so everything looks perfect."
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Lean on Evergreen Pieces
"People often think about something they just saw in a magazine rather than thinking through what is their interior architecture and existing art and furnishings. Crafting a solution that creates a line of timeless beauty with the architecture, that will stand on its own, is always the best outcome. So ignore “the latest idea” and go with creating something that fits. Getting carried away with a new idea that doesn’t relate to what’s there only creates a bigger problem. There are no bad selections, only bad combinations."
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