How Online Shopping Could Affect Your Home’s Aesthetics

Arlene Best Interiors |

Out with the old, in with the new is not just an adage, it is a reality. This is why it comes as no surprise that people want to continually upgrade the interiors of their home or offices. While doing so, people try to get the best deal that’s both convenient and cheap. This need for convenience led to home decor products being sold online.

In tandem with the trend of shopping for everything online, shopping for sofas, upholstery, wallpaper and even the kitchen sink has moved to the online medium. This has made the interior decor product shopping experience much more comfortable as you can sit at home and browse through the thousands of website selling home decor. You can leisurely look for a product, find it, buy it, and have it shipped to your doorstep.

While the comfort of shopping from your home is unparalleled, as an interior decorator, online shopping feels like it has taken away the ability to sample what you want to buy. When you look at the photos of a carpet or sofa, for example, the colors you see online are not always the colors of the actual pieces when it comes to the fabric in particular. The patterns you see in those photos are not always what you receive when you’ve opened up the packaging.

I believe that if you’re buying a piece of furniture like a sofa or chair, you should be able to sit in it before you order it. You need to check the depth of the seat and ensure that it’s right for you. Gauge the firmness of the seat or the construction of the piece. When you buy a piece of furniture online, all these aspects are a mystery until it lands on your doorstep.

As an interior decorator, I have to see and feel items that I am working with for my client. A sofa is a large ticket item, and I want to know if it fits my client and is comfortable. I need to know that the rug sample I purchase online is the shade of blue I see and it goes with the drapes that I have purchased.

If you are purchasing items that are hard-case goods, the risk of online shopping is not as high as when colors, textures and build play a significant role in the use of a product. The mystery of what I am going to receive versus what I saw when I purchased online is one of the major problems I have with shopping online.

As a decorator, I work with a lot of different manufacturers and stores. While shopping for larger ticket items with my clients, I am present with them for moral and professional advice. This way my client can see, feel and compare which pieces are right for them and their home. They can see how the colors of fabric, paint, carpeting, etc. all come together so that they can feel what is being delivered to their home and know that it is right for their space and is cohesive.

Online stores can offer you lower rates because they are not paying high rents for space and display purposes. While I agree that shopping online can save you time and sometimes money, it isn’t always the best idea. If you are purchasing smaller items like accessories for your home, online purchases can be fun and easy. However, if you are looking to buy larger, more expensive items, most clients want to feel and touch them, and I still think this is very important. There is nothing I like more than to go shopping with my clients, so, let’s go and find you the best home decor available.

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