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How a designer can help you improve the look of your home


I see many homes in my day to day work life, and although many are large, not many captivate the attention the way a home that has been professionally decorated can. Any size home can deliver WOW with the help of a professional designer or decorator. A designer can easily create an ambience that speaks to us and makes us feel comfy and at peace. If you have the budget to buy all new furniture and accessory pieces, a professional designer will bring their knowledge and expertise to the table to benefit your selection and decision-making process in a positive way to reflect your lifestyle.     

But, let’s be real, not many of us have that kind of budget. This property is an estate home that’s priced out of reach for many people, but it has many design elements that any home can mimic.  Among those, the designer made almost 8,000 square feet feel cozy, can you believe it? He did it by using a consistent theme throughout.  The designer had the luxury of free rein with the house, and taking it from scratch he went to town and created this stunning show home.  Because the design and execution were all done at same time, the designer was able to take the same black, white and gold theme and artistically run it through the entire house.  Even with huge, expansive rooms the designer made the decor smartly flow, he utilized space in a beneficial way and created intimacy and warmth. Overall it is elegant and the finishes are high-end, but it’s the coziness that makes it practical for today’s family. And although it might not seem so, he had a budget and he stuck to it!  Unfortunately many homes that are done by non-professionals do not reflect the abundance of style and good taste that’s on display here.  Keep in mind that just because a home is big it doesn’t mean it’s beautiful.  Unfortunately many people choose to decorate one room at a time, and with that approach there is no cohesiveness, no unity.  The end result looks piecemeal.  Remember those choppy rooms from the 70’s with the hallway carpet one colour and each room another colour? There was no flow, whereas this estate home reflects a flow and uniformity for a smooth transition from room to room. It actually feels better, although you may not understand why it does.

However, I realize not everyone has this type of house or the budget for decorating an estate home. I’ve learned from my own experience that hiring a professional designer is beneficial for any pocketbook.  When hiring a designer he or she will ask you the intention for your space and to describe your basic style.  They interpret your answers with their knowledge and expertise to show you how to solve your style dilemmas, space issues and how to achieve a polished, finished look.  I have noticed many people have started on their own however it feels incomplete, or it’s missing that je ne sais quoi.  A professional will bring you something that you wouldn’t have given a second thought on the store shelf, but they know how it works in combination with what you have and BAM, it’s perfect!   They will bring you a storyboard to show you how colors and textures can offset or complement each other. Visiting the home they will gauge the lighting and suggest paint colours that complement the tones present in your existing furnishings or finishes.  A designer will provide you with an amazing variety of color combinations that you would have overlooked.  But with their method of presentation, now those colours speak to you. 


If nothing else you can hire a designer for a two hour consultation to help you achieve your desires and plans.  But keep in mind that decorating is not staging!  Staging is done quickly with a property’s sale in mind, whereas decorating is done with passion and lifestyle in mind.  Although you’ve “finished” (I say that tongue in cheek, as decorating is fluid, always changing, in my opinion) you could still find a new, perfect piece that grabs your attention several months or years later.  So decorating cannot all happen in a one week period like staging does.  You can drastically change, or simply refresh the feel of your room with different accessories, colors and textures as they come in to fashion.  A designer may just suggest an adjustment to your furniture into a new seating arrangement, or take the piece from the spare bedroom and use it smartly in the family room.  Sometimes it just takes some accent pillows and a throw to make the entire room appear newer and more stylish.

So what do you do if you have a home that needs a lot of work and you want to spend a little to give it a facelift? Don’t focus on just one room.  Instead focus on the lighting, the floors, the doors, the walls and the halls throughout the home.  If you have a 50 – 60 year old bungalow like I do, updating in those areas will give you the biggest bang for your buck. I removed the rounded old trim replacing it with something more modern, I added custom doors and new hardware, I added crown moulding and painted contemporary colors on walls and replaced the lighting. What a difference!  So don’t give yourself just a brand new living room and leave the rest of your home stuck in another era.  Let your professional designer help you select a good trim that works for you and present artistic ideas for what can be done to the doors.  They’ll advise on unique paint color schemes…there are over one hundred shades of white alone.  And they’ll show you samples of lighting that will blow your mind.  It is these important personal details where a designer’s eye will be money well spent.  And if you’re considering renovations like removing walls…you would be a fool to do it without a designer. Their consultation is worth every penny.  

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Toronto Real Estate Board - IDX Last Updated: 3/22/2019 9:07:24 AM