Do You Need to Hire an Interior Designer?

This is a question we get a lot. Do you actually need to hire an interior designer? Well, of course not. In this day and age there are so many online resources you can find if you need help decorating your home. There are also so many ways to get ideas for your interior design, whether it’s looking at magazines, online websites, or going into the local Ikea and looking at the rooms they create filled with their own products.

Anyone can design their own space if they are willing to take the time, though we can’t make any guarantee regarding the results. How nicely your space comes out will be directly linked to the money and time invested, as well as how good your own eye is when it comes to design. Some people think they have great taste, but they really don’t have a great design sense, and while they may like the space they create, others won’t be impressed.

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The safest bet if you’re looking to create a beautiful space is to hire an interior designer. The difference between you and a designer is that they do this for a living. They’ve taken courses, studied, and worked in the field for years.

If you are hiring an interior designer, you’ll have to pay them. While this can be difficult if you have a low budget for your project, it may be well worth it. Designers can often get a trade discount on items you would have to pay full price for. They’ll also likely have a good understanding of where it’s worth it to spend more on certain items, and where money can be saved. For instance, Ikea is great for some items, but others will degrade and fall apart and will need to be replaced within a few years.

An interior designer can also be a huge time saver. They know how to work with all the people that could be involved in your design project, from tradespeople to representatives at stores and delivery people. Trying to manage all this yourself can take up a lot of time, and can become stressful if you’re trying to organize deliveries at the same time and check up on the status of an item you ordered.

Another more cost effective option if you want to save money is to hire a virtual interior design service. These are online services where you will pay a lower rate to work with someone over the internet. You can provide them with pictures or video of your space, and they’ll come back with a cohesive design and lists of products to order. This has its upsides in that is fairly cheap and fast. The downside is that this is only useful for decorating your space, and as the interior designer won’t actually be entering your space, they won’t be able to be as thorough and the final design might not be as impressive as it otherwise could be.


4 Great Interior Design Tips for your Airbnb!

Today’s blog post is about the importance of decorating! I have four tips from a professional Airbnb decorating team.

Airbnb just announced their Airbnb Plus program and one of the things that they’re really highlighting is the design, the aesthetic, and the comfort for guests. These are four tips that everyone should be doing, that are really easy to follow.

The first tip is to paint your room a neutral color. You may have a very vibrant personality, and you may want your space to be reflective of you, but it may not be broadly applicable for a lot of your guests.

For example, I’m sitting here in the place that I bought in Jackson Hole and around me is bright pink wallpaper. Behind me is a lime green kitchen and the kitchen cabinet behind me has a paint sample in the corner of the wall. The person that painted this did it themselves, and obviously loved it! I personally don’t love it but I also don’t think it’s broadly acceptable for a short-term rental and so I’m actually doing exactly what I’m proposing that you do — I’m gonna decorate with neutral colors and in order to spice it up a little bit and show some of my personality, I’m gonna use accents such as throw pillows and throws over the couches that bring out some color and a little bit more vibrancy. I recommend you do the same!

The second tip is to mix and match different genres, different textures, different fabrics, and different colors. Don’t do what we did in the 1950s or 60s and walk into a department store and take the entire set of furniture where everything matches, it doesn’t really work in today’s eclectic lifestyle (see eclectic decor). You can have a very modern home and have a vintage fan, or you can have a very cottage rustic home and have a very modern clock. Just try and make things interesting and reflective of your personality, don’t try and take things off the shelf that all look the same, just mix it up a little bit!

Number three is lighting. This is really important, and lighting is a very personal detail. A lot of people don’t like overhead lighting, a lot of people prefer floor lamps and table lamps and that’s really cool but that doesn’t mean that all of your guests feel similarly. Make sure that you have enough lighting and if it’s too much lighting for you when you stay there then just install a dimmer, that way you can have really bright lighting for your guests that want it, and dimmable lighting for those that don’t want it and when you’re there you don’t have to use it at. If you want, you can keep it super dim. The two areas of focus that I think are critically important are the kitchen, so when people are prepping dinner and so on there’s enough light and they can see, and then the second area is in the bathroom. Pay close attention to the lighting in the kitchen and in the bathroom.

The fourth tip is to just use your location for inspiration. Recognize that people are traveling all over the world and they probably want to stay in a place that is you know reminiscent of where you are. What I mean by that is if you’re at the beach, don’t make the place look like a Swiss ski chalet, and likewise if you’re in a rain forest embrace that people want to be in the area that they’ve selected and just use that for inspiration. Don’t go overboard, so, for instance, I’m here in Wyoming and I’m not gonna have antlers and all these deerskins on the walls. You don’t want to make a mockery of it but you do want to touch base as to where they are. In my own mind what I’m creating here is modern mountain sort of lifestyle. I’m not gonna have any antlers or anything like that, but I am gonna have reclaimed wood and I am going to have colors that are reminiscent of Wyoming. I’m gonna have throws, and accent pieces that also highlight this.

I hope this gave you some great ideas for decorating your space, whether you’re living it full time, renting it out, or using it as an Airbnb location! If you think you need professional help from a montreal interior designer to handle your space, that is also an option rather than doing it yourself!

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