Common Myths about Hiring an Interior Decorator

Why are people sometimes hesitant about hiring decorators? In a world where “surprise” remodeling shows on television dominate the visibility of interior decorating, it’s understandable that a few misconceptions about interior decorators have formed. But in reality, whether you’re moving into a new home or updating the house you’ve lived in for the past 20 years, hiring a decorator has many advantages from saving time and money to eliminating unnecessary stress.

The following is a list of common misconceptions about working with a decorator.

Myth: Interior decorators are too expensive.

This is one of the most common assumptions people have about interior decorators– and it keeps many from seeking out the help of a designer in the first place.

Truth: Decorating doesn’t have to break the bank.

Our decorators are committed to finding and creating options that maximize our clients’ resources, style, and budget. As one of our decorating clients, Abbi, stated, “PJ & Company knew I was on a tight budget but was open and very creative at working with me to find things that met my taste and fit into my budget.”

In the long run, hiring a designer can be more budget-friendly than taking on the project yourself. An expert can help you avoid costly mistakes and can suggest design options that will ultimately increase your home’s value for when it comes time to sell.

Myth: The decorator’s style differs from my own, so the design won’t reflect my taste.

People often equate hiring an interior decorator with the loss of creative control. In fact, it’s just the opposite.

Truth: The design process is collaborative.

Instead of infusing his or her own style into a client’s space, a decorator listens to what the client wants and then transforms that vision into a design that is cohesive, forward-thinking, and functional for the client.

We believe communication is essential, which is why we make sure to establish a partnership with our clients every step of the way. The most important part of the process is understanding our clients’ needs, lifestyle, and budget so we can provide them with a decor that they will love.

Myth: I don’t need an interior decorator because I can do everything myself.

While this is an option, there are benefits to hiring an interior decorator.

Truth: Interior decorators can make the decorating process cheaper and stress-free.

A professional can maximize your budget and schedule by utilizing resources only available to interior decorators. For example, our designers have access to showrooms not open to the public and receive discounts that can then be passed on to the client. Our company provides access to reliable vendors and contractors, and manages the project from design to construction so that the decor update or renovation can be a stress-free process for our clients.

While there are many misconceptions surrounding designers, their skills and expertise debunk the myths. At PJ & Company Staging and Interior Decorating, we pride ourselves on making the decorating process pleasant and easy for our clients. Whether it’s a consultation to select the right paint color or fabric for a room, complete decorating renovations, kitchen and bath cabinet and countertop selections, choosing the best coordinating backsplash, lighting, flooring, or furniture and accessory selections/arrangements, we collaborate with you to fulfill your personal goals and make you happy every step of the way.

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Modest Home Updates to Wow Buyers and Boost Value

When selling a home in today’s market, it’s important to consider all the options to help make it stand out and appear move-in ready to selective buyers. Which improvements require the least time, effort and expense but will significantly boost your home’s perceived value? To help prioritize, we put together the following list of modest staging solutions/upgrades that will get your property noticed and cost less than the first price reduction that buyers would expect for dated kitchens and baths.

Dining room staged by PJ & Company Staging and Interior Decorating

Freshen Walls With Neutral Color

Our go-to instant fix to brighten and hide dated and damaged walls is neutral paint. It’s amazing to see how a dark red or purple room can be completely transformed with a coat of soft “greige” (a combination of taupe and grey) paint that increases the perceived size of the space, doesn’t distract from the room’s features and acts as the perfect backdrop to modern furnishings and décor.

Kitchen staged by PJ & Company Staging and Interior Decorating

Re-paint Kitchen and Bath Cabinets

To instantly boost a tired kitchen or bath without a costly investment, start by repainting dated and dark cabinets and vanities with bright white paint. Complete the look by pairing with modern hardware – handles, drawer pulls or knobs for added style.

Bathroom staged by PJ & Company Staging and Interior Decorating

Replace Kitchen & Bath Lighting and Countertops

Lighting is an important design element that can affect the mood of a room more than any other accessory. Adding updated lighting in modern designs and on-trend mixed finishes such as brushed nickel, chrome or soft gold tones will add warmth and sophisticated style. It can also be used to draw attention to certain features in the room such as a beautiful new marble or quartz countertop (as shown in photo above), appliances or high ceilings.

Highlight Key Features

For large windows with attractive molding, remove heavier window treatments or simply frame with floor to ceiling neutral drapes. Remove worn carpeting and expose and polish hardwood flooring. Re-stain stairway steps and railings by painting risers or updating spindles. Enhance a beautiful stone fireplace with molding, mantle or screen.

Living Room staged by PJ & Company Staging and Interior Decorating

Finishing Touches

Once you’ve invested in cosmetic fixes, be sure to remove dated furniture and accents and replace with more modern style that complement the room (as pictured in living room above). Minimal wall art, vignettes and throw pillows with subtle pops of color and pattern will add depth and warmth so that buyers can emotionally connect and envision living in the home.

Exterior & Curb Appeal

It’s just as important to update the outside of your home to welcome buyers inside. Remodeling magazine’s “Cost vs. Value” report continues to list replacing entry and garage doors, siding and windows as upgrades that provide the greatest return on investment. However, sprucing up the landscaping, making necessary basic repairs, a fresh coat of paint for the front door and some seasonal potted flowers will go a long way to make a great first impression.

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Using Neutral “Greige” With Spring Colors to Catch a Buyer’s Eye

When preparing your home for sale the overall goal is to present each room to feel fresh, inviting and neutral enough to enhance key features and appeal to a wide range of buyers. That doesn’t have to translate, however, to bland and boring. One of the most versatile color trends for staging is “greige,” a sophisticated pale gray hue with beige undertones.

Check out some of the ways we’ve used this perfect foundation color which adds depth and subtle contrast when paired with pops of bright, beautiful spring hues and stylish accents. And contact us at 203-640-3762 to learn how we can make marketing your home to sell an enjoyable process.

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Re-Energize Your Space With Trending Colors That Boost The Spirit

We recently discussed springtime styling tips to wow home buyers, and with the anticipation of warm spring and summer months building, it’s also time to say goodbye to winter decor. An easy way to keep your home seasonally up-to-date is to introduce colors that inspire energy and tranquility.

 It’s no secret that color affects both the atmosphere of a room and overall mood of those inhabiting it. When focusing on re-energizing a space, some of the best colors to incorporate are shades of purple, blue, and green. 

Image Credits: Arhaus / Link to their natural reclaimed kitchen and dining room furnishings.

Purple in the Dining Room

Purple is most commonly associated with:

  • Luxury
  • Creativity
  • Vitality

Pantone’s Color of the Year, Ultraviolet, is a great accent color to incorporate into a dining space, to bring forth a chic and modern feel when entertaining family and friends.

Image Credits: Arhaus / Link to their handcrafted bedroom furnishing sets.

Blue in the Bedroom

Blue is most commonly associated with:

  • Relaxation
  • Meditation
  • Inner calm

The bedroom should be a space that invokes tranquility and relaxation. Bedding, curtains, or even a patterned accent wall with different shades of blue, are just a few ways to tie hues of this color into the space.

Image Credits: Arhaus / Link to their neutral colored living room furnishings.

Green in the Family Room

 Green is most commonly associated with:

  • Safety
  • Harmony/Calming
  • Nature

Instilling a sense of nature and harmony, green is a great color to incorporate into the family room. Green hues can be brought in through rugs, accent furnishings, and fresh leafy plants, all organized around a neutral colored sectional with green accent pillows. Or, use a lime green couch as pictured above for a more stylish use of the color.

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Styled and Staged for Universal Appeal

When it comes to presenting a home for sale, setting the stage to appeal to a variety of potential buyers, no matter what their style, is key. While it’s a given that most young buyers are attracted to move-in ready homes featuring the latest appliances and fixtures, when shopping online, those features are secondary to the overall look and feel of the home. Most important are photos that showcase a clean-lined, neutral backdrop styled with accents that pop and shine to engage the average buyer in any demographic. Ultimately, by using simple styling and strategic arrangements that enhance a property’s key features, buyers can emotionally connect and therefore make the home more memorable.

Living Room Staged by PJ & Company Staging and Interior Decorating

For this custom-built contemporary home featuring cream, taupe, and brown paint colors along with light wood floors throughout, we paired tone on tone accessories in soft beige and cream along with pops of gold and silver accents to enhance the unique architectural details.

Dining Room Staged by PJ & Company Staging and Interior Decorating

For this elegant dining room framed with marble columns and a dark brown marble flooring inlay, we used a deep mahogany dining table styled with neutral greys and sparkling silver accents to really “wow” buyers looking to entertain guests in the space.

Master Bedroom Staged by PJ & Company Staging and Interior Decorating

This master bedroom features gorgeous custom details such as crown molding and built-in window seats with cabinets that are desirable to buyers looking for comfort and style. Our staging team showcased those features by creating an inviting, spa-like setting without being overstated. The simple, crisp white bedding, graphic grey area rugs, beige chairs and soothing blue, green and silver accents maximize the universal appeal of the space.

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