Redesigning Home Interiors
Thinking about redecorating
a room in your home? Not sure where to start? Why not try the
concept of interior arrangement.
arrangement is a unique concept in the interior design industry
which has grown in popularity over the last several years. An
interior arranger utilizes the homeowner's existing furnishings,
art and accessories to transform a room into one that could be
on the cover of a magazine yet leaves them with money in their
The process begins with a consultation between the homeowner and
interior arranger to gather information about the homeowner, their
family and their vision for the living space. The challenge for
the interior arranger is to provide the homeowner with a picturesque
room that is still comfortable enough for the family to live in
every day and not incur a lengthy, messy renovation job.
When the day of the room redesign begins, the interior arranger
arrives and homeowners usually head off to work or take the day
off to play. Everything in the room will be carefully removed
and placed in a staging area. This allows the arranger to have
a clean "palette" to work with.
Once the room is emptied, the shape, size and architectural features
of the room are studied and a focal point is selected. The arranger
then "shops" through the home, looking in basements, closets,
cupboards, garages and other spaces to discover forgotten treasures
that can be used in the "new" room. Of special interest are items
which will bring texture and color to a room, like collectibles
and heirlooms. Once rescued from their hiding places, these items
are also brought to the staging area. Next, the room transformation
The largest pieces of furniture are returned to the room first.
It is important that these pieces accentuate the architectural
features of the room. The remaining pieces of furniture, art and
accessories are returned one by one, paying particular attention
to how these pieces relate to their new surroundings. Creating
impact, balance and harmony in a room may include an intimate
conversation area, a corner vignette or a cozy reading nook.
A homeowner may ask, "How do I know if hiring an interior arranger
is right for me?" Start by considering the following points:
· Are you tired of the look in your home?
· Do the rooms of your home reflect your personality?
· Are you comfortable in the rooms in your home?
· Are you proud of your home's appearance?
· Are you feeling like you need to replace your furniture?
· Have you seen enough magazines and catalogs but cannot decide
how to proceed?
If you find yourself feeling uncertain, talk with an interior
arrangement designer. Together you can discuss ways to change
the rooms within your home to meet your decorating goals and/or
The benefit of hiring an arranger is that you will have a totally
new and functional look created just for you in a matter of hours.
Interior arrangement is a very affordable alternative, often costing
less than a new piece of furniture and, since your arranger will
creatively place your existing pieces, it will reflect your style
Depending on your decorating goals, you may also find yourself
utilizing some other services offered by an interior arranger
· Real estate preparation---spruce up your home before it goes
on the market so it sells faster and for top dollar.
· Move-in arrangements---after the movers leave, an arranger sets
up your new home allowing you to enjoy it immediately.
· In-home consultations---colors, fabrics, flooring, window treatments,
furniture selections; perfect prior to moving into a home or during
· Shopping services---after a room redesign, it may be necessary
to make a few additional purchases to finish the room; this shopping
can be done for you, or your arranger can point you in the right
direction and let you do the shopping.
Decorating is a process that is never completely finished. You
may change a room or even your entire home for the seasons. As
your family changes (a new baby, a child going off to college,
or your mother-in-law moving in) it might be a good time to call
an interior arranger. An interior arranger's expertise should
include incorporating collectibles and new purchases in the future
no matter how large or small.
Regardless of the changes you make, keep in mind that a room should
be a reflection of who you are, not the designer. You can end
up with a magazine-cover look, a bargain price and peace of mind
that you will not have to give up your favorite things. What could
be more exciting?