In today’s hectic world it’s not uncommon that getting around to decorating sometimes falls to the bottom of the “to do” list. Decorating takes time and energy. Sometimes it feels like just too much work to take on. Help might be the answer. So, if you’re struggling with defining and executing your interior design vision, here are 9 indicators that it may be time for you to ask an Interior Designer to assist you.
1. When you moved in, you accepted the previous owner’s paint colors that don’t quite go with your things, yet you’re reluctant to make a decision on new paint colors.
2. The rooms in your home don’t flow…the living room is red and Tuscan. The library is 1920’s Craftsman in navy and green. The kitchen all white and slick modern. The family room is mid-century modern with teak wood. Oh my! It’s like you’re at a museum and each room is from a different decorating era.
3. There is no artwork on your walls because….you just don’t own any!
4. You’re 35 and you don’t have a proper bed and headboard. Your mattresses are on the floor, and frankly, it’s getting harder and harder on your knees to get out of bed.
5. You have totally bare windows in every room of your house…and/or your neighbors are making snarky remarks at the neighborhood holiday party about the “wink, wink” need for shades.
6. The pillows on your sofa all came with the sofa…years ago.
7. You have a few “costly mistakes” around your house, probably ordered from a catalog company, and they are likely too big, too small, or too tall for your space.
8. You and your partner can’t agree on anything, decorating-wise.
9. You need a wider reach than the same old stores and catalogs like Pottery Barn, Frontgate, West Elm, Serena and Lily, Crate and Barrel, Wisteria, Ballard, CB2, Rejuvenation, and Restoration Hardware.
It all sounds pretty bleak and time consuming – doesn’t it? Rest assured, in the larger scheme of things, the time that you spend decorating will pale in comparison to the time that your decorating results will last and the enjoyment that you will receive from them. So, all is not lost. To inspire you to reach for a beautiful coherent design for your home, here are some photos of period rooms from museums we have visited during our travels. They illustrate how some elements of design are timeless, no matter the era or style.
First, two photos I took at the Nordic Museum in Stockholm, Sweden…land of Ikea and mid-century modern. The photos show a 1974 living room in Sweden. (Gee, some of these design elements are still pretty popular.) The second photo has a caption detailing the design elements for this 1970’s interior (thankfully in English on the bottom).
Next, some Art Deco rooms at the Musee D’Orsay in Paris France:
And some period French interiors (from the Louis XVI period) at the Louvre in Paris, France:
And finally, a dining room from the summer palace of Catherine the Great outside Saint Petersburg, Russia.
We’ve completed our quick review of the 9 telltale signs that it’s time for you think about calling an Interior Designer and put your decorating project onto the front burner (with a little inspiration thrown in to keep you motivated).
So let me ask you, isn’t it time for you to get that decorating project that’s been on your list for a while done and get it done right? If you are struggling with any of these issues, give me a call. I can help!
Barbara Phillips, interior designer and owner of Center Stage Interior Designs, has delivered impeccable window treatments and design services to both residential and commercial clients in Massachusetts since 2001.