Imagine a beautiful home nestled on a quiet street lined with oak trees. The interior of the home is elegant and traditionally decorated in creams and whites. In a small hallway between the kitchen and living room is a door, no different from every other door in the home. What is behind it? A closet, the stairs to the basement? You open it and see jet-black enamel walls, a simple mirror and eclectic selection of artwork. The simple sink glows in the corner and the small space is radiating with light. A half-bathroom, or powder room, appears seemingly out of nowhere yet gives the guest a small taste of the homeowner’s personality. Sophisticated. Artistic. Bold.
Design Centers are typically large buildings full of showrooms or stalls for home design product vendors to display their goods. Wallcoverings, fabric, custom furniture — almost everything you need to decorate your home can be found at a Design Center. Access to these specialized shopping centers has traditionally been exclusive “to-the-trade”. However, more Design Centers are welcoming the public.
This is due in part to the changes brought about by the internet and expanding access to information formerly held by professionals. In addition, consumers now expect to find just about anything (both information and products) online. Buyers who are educating themselves online are demanding access to previously guarded trade secrets, and to showrooms where they can see products first-hand. However, a smart consumer also knows when hiring an expert is the best choice.