The various components of a successful interior decoration scheme are like the gears of a Swiss clock moving in a mysterious, meticulously choreographed dance; an unfathomably complex mechanism yet one that produces a final product so clear and easy to appreciate. While the end result of a beautifully considered and executed home interior design gets its fair share of attention and praise (as it should) all the work that goes into planning it, into determining just how those gears and wheels will work together, often goes overlooked.
The Many Hours That Go Into Successful Home Interior Design
Interior decoration is often thought of as being leisurely strolls through exotic markets and long afternoons deciding between various sumptuous fabrics. While there is certainly an element of glamour involved in interior decoration there are also many hours of painstaking work that go into being able to select the right vase from that exotic market or the right sumptuous fabric to fulfil the client’s need. In fact, successful home interior design and decoration involves countless hours of:
- Searching for inspiration: Sometimes a brilliant idea simply comes to you. Other times you have to search for it like a diamond on a beach. There’s no telling how and when a truly inspired idea may take root so a dedicated interior decorator needs to keep herself immersed in the work and open to that lightbulb moment, whenever it comes.
- Studying the latest trends: The most successful interior decorators never rest on their laurels. They’re constantly searching through magazines, books and websites to stay up on emerging trends and to expand and refine their design vocabulary. There are no shortcuts to knowledge and certainly no substitute for the experience gained from putting that knowledge to work.
- Creating presentations: When the decorator shows up at a Burlington or Hamilton home with her fabric swatches, furniture recommendations and ideas about colours and textures it’s the result of time and effort that went into determining exactly which colours, textures and fabrics would go with what furniture and which accessories to fulfil the client’s vision.
- Networking: Experienced interior decorators know that they’re only as good as the network they build around them. Not all suppliers are created equal and knowing which ones have the inside track on emerging trends and the most exciting craftspeople can only come about by attending trade shows, exchanging phone numbers and keeping your eyes and ears open.
- Building trust: The relationship between the interior decorator and the client is one that relies heavily on trust and trust is one of those things that is rarely granted; it has to be earned. Decorators invest a lot of time and effort into cultivating their client relationships and then work just as hard making sure that the trust the client has extended to them is justified.
Creativity, including home interior design and decoration, is not an event, it’s a process. Sometimes a long arduous process that takes place out of the spotlight and is dependent on the level of drive, determination and commitment the decorator brings to her craft. The next time you find yourself wondering what the decorator might be doing at any given time there’s a pretty dependable answer: she’s working, hard.
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