What is an Interior Stylist… And How Do I Work With One?
Expert advice on why you might need an interior stylist to help you create your new home
The interior designer is closer to an architect, in that they have had formal training and are usually registered with their professional body.
An interior stylist is less likely to be registered, and also less likely to be able to do major renovation works. This is the person who will help you make more ‘soft’ interior choices, as well as update an existing space.
“I love the saying that goes ‘designers are scientists and stylists are magicians’,” explains Tan.
She says that if you are lost over decisions like what colours to choose, what size rugs or art to buy or aren’t sure which decor items to purchase and where to place them, then you need an interior stylist.
According to Tan, budget is probably the main thing you need to consider when working with an interior stylist.
“Most people do not realise that this is important for styling and only budget for renovation works and furniture.
“On average, you need to set aside at least 5 to 15 per cent of your renovation budget for this, depending on the brands you are purchasing,” explains Tan.
As with any major decision about your home, you need to do your research and take time to find the right person who gels with you and your style.
“Style, chemistry and most importantly communication” should guide you in selecting who to hire says Tan.