- Why is a decorator beneficial?
- The number of decisions in a typical project can be overwhelming. A decorator knows which decisions to handle first, so that the project can be handled in manageable steps. It is easier to match paint to a fabric than it is to find a fabric to match paint. By sequencing the purchases strategically, a well-integrated scheme can be achieved.
- Choosing colours. Oftentimes, a colour looks different on a small sample of paint than it does in a finished room. A decorator is able to 'see' what the colour will look like in the finished room and is able to explain this to the client. This, in itself, helps avoid costly repainting of rooms in order to get the right colour.
- What is the role of a decorator?
- The main purpose of the decorator is to discover the wishes of the client. Many times, the client has a general idea of what he or she wants, but does not know how to achieve it, or how to explain it to a contractor. The decorator helps to translate the clients' thoughts into a finished room. The decorator works with contractors constantly, and knows how to speak their 'language.'
- Are decorators expensive?
- In the overall redecorating or remodeling budget, the portion that is spent on a decorator is very small. Time and time again, it is shown that the overall cost of a project, when a decorator is involved, is less than the overall cost of a project when a decorator is not involved. The cost of the decorator is less than the cost of mistakes.
- Will the decorator listen to me?
- This, unfortunately, depends on the decorator. If a decorator has a store front and an inventory, many of these items will 'find' their way into the client's home, even if the items don't fit into the desired scheme very well. Your Special Place has chosen not to open a store and has chosen to work with a variety of suppliers, specifically for this reason. Your Special Place has no Pre-arranged solutions for rooms. Everything is custom created from listening to the client and using what the client already has.
- Will the decorator rush me?
- Some do. This is not the case with Your Special Place. We will work at the pace that is most comfortable for the client.
- Do I have to use certain contractors?
- No, you are open to use any contractors you wish. However, your Special Place has many contacts and can recommend contractors who perform quality work.
- Do I have to purchase items from the Decorator?
- No! Your Special Place has no store front or any inventory that must be moved. If the Client has sources for items, the client is free to purchase anything he or she desires. On the other hand, with the quantity of purchases Your Special Place makes, significant discounts are oftentimes available from many different suppliers.
- Can the decorator work with what I already have?
- Yes, in fact, in several instances, clients have not purchased a single item. Your Special Place was able to go in and simply re-arrange what the clients already had. This is a very cost effective way of freshening up an existing room.
- Should I remodel, or should I buy a new home?
- Since a decorator has been involved in so many projects, a decorator can see if what the client wants is possible with a remodel job. Sometimes it is, sometimes it isn´t. A decorator can help bring focus to this process.
- Your website indicates that you serve the Greater Houston Area. Are you also open to travel to other areas?
- Yes. In fact, Your Special Place has helped with projects in Hawaii, Alabama, Illinois, and Florida.
- What are some common myths of decorating?
- Dark colours will make a room look smaller
- This is simply not true. In fact, many times, it will make the room appear larger.
- Ceilings must be white
- White ceilings can look like a sheet that has been placed on top of the room.
- Coloured ceilings can help bring together a more integrated look.
- In some cases, black ceilings can be very effective for disguising imperfections, especially in commercial applications.
- The colour can be fixed with a few more coats of paint
- The proper preparation, possibly with a tinted base coat, must be applied in order for the finished colour to be accurate.
- Wood, such as paneling or molding, should never be painted.
- Oftentimes, painting stained wood elements in a room can update the room with very little expense.
- The same wall colour needs to be used throughout the house
- This is why decorators are needed. Many different colours can be used, as long as the colours flow together. This has to do with the intensity of the colours, or perhaps with a dominant fabric or wallpaper pattern that creates a colour palette for adjoining rooms. This causes the house to become a symphony of well-integrated colours.