So, you want to do it yourself. You've been watching HGTV and DIY for months and you feel confident you can act as your own interior decorator and produce beautiful results. Maybe you are right. Then again, maybe not.
There is more to interior design than just choosing furniture, picking paint colors, and sprinkling in some decorative art. Dozens of elements must be considered and managed, considerations of what amount of space you are working with, how do you want each room to function, does your home need to be low maintenance or can it be high maintenance and still fit your lifestyle and time constraints, how can you achieve your design goals and still stay within budget? These are only the beginning questions you must answer before you take on the task of designing the interior of your living space.
You have a general idea what you want your home to look like, sort of. Well, what style is it? American Traditional, Shaker, Art Deco, Industrial, Indian, Art Nouveau, Southwestern, Japanese, Shabby Chic, Spanish, Arts & Craft, Medieval, Arabian, Traditional, Chinese, Tuscan, Minimalist, Modern, English Country, Moroccan, Victorian, French, Rustic, Vintage, French Country, Gothic, Scandinavian Country, Scandinavian Modern, Zen or maybe some combination of these. Yes, it can be confusing, even overwhelming to someone who has not been trained to recognize particular styles and understand what pieces go with and compliment other pieces. Get it right and you have a stunningly beautiful home. Get it wrong and you have a hot mess, a mishmash of conflicting styles.
Ever watched a professional athlete do something spectacular, or a top chef cook something amazing, or a gymnast go through a sequence of difficult moves? These highly skilled people make the difficult look easy. So easy in fact that it seems like you and I could do it. But, if you've ever tried to do what those skilled people do flawlessly you realize for people untrained in those fields it is not only difficult, it is near impossible to duplicate what they do. There is a reason a professional interior designer can take your living space and transform it into something spectacular. And it is not by guesswork or randomly fitting pieces together.
It may all look like just a matter of style but interior design is a professional occupation populated by highly trained individuals who have honed their craft through education, experience, innovation, and a healthy recognition of styles, accents, function, and sensibilities, and you will find after your living space has been transformed into something that truly defines who you are, the beneficiary of all these capabilities, pleasingly, is YOU.
LaTrice Gentry-Brooks of Chiffon Interiors received her interior design degree from Sam Houston State University. She is an Allied Member of ASID and actively serves on several committees. LaTrice has a passion for helping others and has volunteered as a youth mentor for over 10 years. Her love for design and desire to help others led her into the design field.