Portland area interior designer talks color choices

Portland area interior designer talks color choices

What are some of the most common requests or complaints you hear about "before" rooms?

"The most common thing I hear is, 'I've tried to do this myself, and I don't like the way it turned out. I need someone with a trained eye to come in.'

"It will save them money in the long run. I also hear from people who say it's just time for updating. They've had [a room] the same way for the last 10 years and they want to make it look fresher.

"I think a lot of people think hiring a designer's going to be extremely expensive, but they often charge by the hour and you can get a lot done in a couple of hours. My hourly rate is $95 with a two-hour minimum to start a project.

How do you determine what colors and designs are right for a space?

"There are a lot of things that go into that decision. It depends on the amount and type of lighting, what other color palate is in the room, what the purpose of the room is and what kind of overall feel the people want.

"I do everything from flooring all the way up to window treatments. Painting consultation is actually the cheapest way to make the biggest impact.

"I'm a member of the International Association of Color Consultants. It's a school - a training process you go through to become certified as a color consultant. There's a lot of science behind the application of color and how it affects human psychology.

"I'm also a graduate of feng shui school and a feng shui practitioner."

What are some good ways to update your home if you're planning to put it on the market?

"In terms of color, keep it in a relatively neutral color palate or a contemporary color palate. Make sure to clear out a lot of personal photos. Keep it a really simple style.

"Living in a home and staging a home are two completely different animals. Have your real estate agent or a professional stager come through the house, because this is what they're trained to do.

"They'll have the eye of someone who's looking for a home and will see what kinds of things may distract."


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