People are often confused about the difference between interior design and interior decorating. The two work hand in hand. Design is about the concept of a space. It will define the room itself, its architectural features, the placement of the furniture and fixtures, the lighting. Decorating will define the colors, the finishes, the fabrics and furnishings, and the accessories. Both are important in make a room come to life. So the issue is not Interior Design vs Interior Decorating, rather it is Interior Design AND Interior Decorating. For a project to be made complete one needs an Interior Designer who amongst her many responsibilities includes Interior Decoration.
Karen begins every project by assessing the design of the space. What already exists and is it both a good design and appropriate for the current or new use of that space? Does anything need to be changed or are the bones already in place? A trained eye and years of experience make this process simple. Then she evaluates the decorating needs. If the room already has furnishings, do they work together and for the client’s needs? What does the client want to accomplish? Every project begins with a grocery list of wants and needs. All of this will help Karen and the client to establish the goals and budget for the project.
From historical, period style to today’s updated looks, the resources to fill the specific client desires can be selected from a wide spectrum of manufacturers and vendors. Karen has a broad range of products and services to serve those needs. Each project is different. This is not cookie cutter work. It is important to have a wide variety of sources to meet the demands and preferences of all my clients. Karen also understands that clients can get frustrated with too many choices. One of my key roles is to narrow the selections and find the right products for the client without them having to search or study all that is available. With the end result in mind, I can show them the very best choices for their project and their budget.
If you are looking for an interior design and decorating professional who is an accomplished leader in the field, who is easy to work with, who listens to her client’s needs, and who creates environments that her clients love, please give her a call today.
Karen Hartley is an Interior Designer with over 25 years of professional experience! Karen can be reached at 770-459-9096 or via email here. If you are looking for a West of Atlanta Interior Designer then call today and learn how she can help you fulfill your dreams!