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Interior Design Consultations

Planning to redecorate an interior space can get very overwhelming very fast. The design professionals at ED’s Paint & Decorating can help you stay afloat when creating a plan for your home. From space planning to furniture placement and color selection, we can provide the perfect amount of assistance you need for any interior project, especially your window treatment design.

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What is Space Planning?

When an interior designer says they offer space planning services, what exactly do they mean? Space planning is an intricate part of interior design in which your designer makes a detailed plan for your space depending on how it will be used. If you’ve earmarked a room for entertaining guests, a design consultant will make sure the room is set up for easy flow of traffic. On the flip side, if a space is meant for intimate time spent with close family, your interior designer will make sure the furnishings and window treatments are oriented toward a focal point for easier flow of conversation.

Interior design is so much more than choosing pieces of furniture and decorative accents. Proper planning will also ensure lighting is utilized in the most effective places with adequate brightness. Your design consultant will also help you decide which window treatments would be best for the use of a space. You may love drapes but it may not be the best choice for a high-traffic area, and your interior designer will help you with that decision.

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Designer vs. Decorator

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The terms designer and decorator are often used interchangeably but the professions are quite different. An interior decorator will help you choose accents and other pieces for a space that has already been designed. Becoming an interior designer requires a more specialized skill set. In addition to planning a space based on its intended use, an interior designer also knows where to place furnishings and other items in a room to make it not only aesthetically pleasing, but also functional. During a design consultation you will answer questions regarding how long you plan to live in your home and if you have any plans for children or pets in the near future.

If you don’t plan to move for several years, we’ll suggest using more high-end fabrics and furnishings than we would if you were planning to sell soon. The same applies to adding children to pets to your family. You’ll appreciate having more sturdy pieces and textiles when you want little ones or four-legged friends running around.

Creating Your Ideal Interior Sanctuary

So your space is planned, you’ve discussed what colors and fabrics are must-haves or absolute nots, what’s next? Home decorating doesn’t have to be complicated, especially when you’re working with a professional. The final component is to fine tune the area of your home that’s being decorated. If you’re going for a cozy aesthetic, we’ll help you choose warm, deep tones, and the correct window treatments - perhaps a layered look using delicate sheer fabric paired with a nubby tweed drapery panel.

Do you need a space to feel more airy and open? We’re here for that, too. Window treatments are a much more significant part of a space than most people give them credit for. An abundance of natural light is an excellent way to open up a room. Sheer shadings hung at least six inches above the window frame are an ideal choice. You’ll also want to stick with lighter shades of any preferred colors as dark hues can make a space feel more closed in. 

Your interior consulting session will also include questions about your desired functionality for your window treatments. If you have vast expanses of glass or sliding glass doors, Skyline® Gliding Window Panels or vertical blinds are always the best way to go. Drapery in luxe fabrics, like silk or velvet are better reserved for more formal areas. Since heavier fabrics tend to be more difficult to clean you want them in an area where they won’t be exposed to a lot of dirt or fingerprints. In a room where you want an organic vibe with diffused light, Provenance® Woven Wood Shades are never a poor choice.

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As a community fixture since 1980, ED’s Paint & Decorating continues to put our customers first every day. In addition to interior design consultations, we offer the full line of Hunter Douglas window treatment products, flooring, and more. Contact us today to schedule your consultation and begin your interior design journey with ED’s Paint & Decorating. We’re conveniently located in Lexington, SC, and are happy to serve Columbia, Chapin, Irmo, and West Columbia.

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