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FAQ’s

What is the difference between an Interior Decorator and an Interior Designer?

Occasionally, the term interior decorator and interior designer are used interchangeably. However, there is a clear distinction between the two terms.

* An interior decorator is a person who deals with finishes, surfaces, furniture, wall coverings, etc. A person working as an interior decorator may work at a variety of venues, from a design showroom to a remodeling retail store.
* An interior designer is a specialized field and requires a certain educational qualification, work experience and licensing. An interior designer creates space for the inside of a commercial office building, designs the lighting for a restaurant, selects the furnishings of a home, etc. and deals with issues of safety like accessibility and building codes.

Why do I need an interior designer?

An interior designer serves as a guide for all questions, queries and opinions with respect to anything interiors and design. Right from colour selection or furniture layout to help in planning and completing a complicated remodel or new construction project, an interior designer knows it all. A professional interior designer will contribute in terms of knowledge, expertise, experience, information, etc. from past projects. Working with an interior designer will enable seamless and efficient project completion, and help prevent making costly mistakes.

Why should I pay for a designer when some retail and builder supply stores offer “free design assistance?”

A few retail establishments do offer ‘free’ advice and assistance, but mind you, nothing is free. The employees working as consultants may give you biased information based on their obligation and allegance to their employer. It is also better to always have a specialized consultant in a particular field.

When do I need an interior designer?

The best place to start with an interior designer is at the very beginning, in the first stage of design. As with any process, a good plan in place is the best route to success. Ellipsoid Constructions can take a project from the initial point of information gathering throughout conception, development, construction, purchasing and installation of the project, all the way to completion.

Can my current furniture be incorporated into the new design plan?

Yes, to a certain point. We strive to utilize as much of your current furniture into the new design plan. You’ve spent a lifetime accumulating things that make you happy and we find that your current furniture is a good starting point for a more cohesive design plan. However, more often than not, some pieces just can’t be used. If the current furniture is of poor quality, too worn, out-dated or just not in keeping with the new design plan, we cannot use them.

What style of decor does Ellipsoid specialize in?

We specialize in a wide variety of design genres based on the preference and need of our clients. We interpret the personalities and decor tastes of our clients into living spaces that are refined, modern, luxurious, exotic and comfortable. Being well-versed in the gamut of decorating styles, we like mixing them up, making our overall designs aesthetic and unique.

What should I have at our first meeting for my project?

Here is a small list of what you could bring to our first meeting:

* Collect clippings from magazines and photos of items and decors that appeal to you. Or the link to your Pinterest Boards of your ideas.
* Think about colors, styles and effects you like. Should it be formal or casual, traditional or contemporary?
* Know what you want to accomplish, what the room or house should do for you when it’s finished.
* Know your objective and lifestyle needs.
* Establish a time frame in which you would like to work.
* Have a budget in mind and be honest about it with your designer. Having a ball park figure is a good start.

Can Ellipsoid help me pick paint colors, and nothing else?

Yes, we can! We believe that wall color (and lighting) is one of the most important aspects of a beautiful space; however, picking paint colors is a difficult task, more than many would like to admit. During the paint selection process, a designer from our team will arrive at your home for an intense paint selection session that lasts for 1-2 hours. At the end of the meeting, you will have a list of all of the paint colors, sheen and surfaces that we think would look great in your home. We work with all the major paint brands, so you can either hire a painter to perform the actual painting, or roll up your sleeves and do it yourself.

Do I have to make purchases through Ellipsoid?

Not necessarily. You are welcome to make any purchases on your own. Most clients do purchase through Ellipsoid, because of the discount we pass along.

How long will our project take?

The time period it takes to complete a project varies.  A typical kitchen remodel may take approximately 3 months to design and build. A living room remodel may take a month to design, and 2 months to receive and install all product and furniture. A bathroom remodel may take only a month from start to finish for the process. A custom home design from start to finish may take 3 months to layout and plan.