Interior decorators have long been renowned for their habit of gracing the homes of the rich and the famous, choosing textiles to add contrasting reflections and making a room appear more majestic. While this is one of the benefits of being rich and famous, it is not always what interior decorating is all about.
Many interior design companies focus on one of two specialities, one of them being commercial interior design. This includes:
- Designing stores so that the window displays attract optimum attention, making sure that the isles are wide enough and that the general outlay of the store creates a flow and increases sales.
- Office layout that promotes a working space conducive to productivity taking into consideration traffic flow, light sources and distractions such as noises.
- Space organisation has become important in work places with being able to access it and also have it out of the way. Interior decorators are able to optimise the working space making employees more efficient.
The other avenue that interior decorators go is that of residential design. Their involvement can be right in the construction stages with the architect, planning the interior spaces in terms of furniture and fittings. In fact interior design is an essential part of constructing compact apartments, for example, they need to allow enough space for cupboard doors to open when there is a bed in the room or space in the kitchen for a rubbish bin as well as a fridge.
Home improvement tips
There has until recently been a big focus on large residential projects from construction to full scale decorating. The shift has been in the direction of smaller projects paying special attention to space saving and de-cluttering. Some of the ways that interior decorators can overcome challenges in your home include:
- Creating larger surface areas in the kitchen as well as storage space using walls.
- Adding the illusion of space to smaller kitchen where counter tops have been maximised.
- Ensuring that there is room for all appliances including washing machines and dish washers.
- Planning open plan areas to add cosiness with the use of room dividers.
- Products that complement the current furniture.
- Accessories such as pot plants, paintings or other wall features.
- Colour is an incredible way to create an illusion or to add a specific atmosphere.
Your biggest asset
Using interior decorators in your office of course adds a true monetary value to your business as productivity is increased and production time is reduced. In your home, a decorator will add a touch of style that is classy, unique but that which can easily fit in with the tastes of a prospective buyer. Knowing that your home has something that no other has gives you the confidence to stick to your asking price. Making sure that your home is not just well presented but also functional goes a long way towards making a good impression.