There is no doubt that the internet is bringing the world closer than we can imagine, and this is also the case when it comes to styling your home.
Whether you’re styling your home to sell or styling it up to stay put, hiring a virtual stylist and doing some DIY self-styling online can be a great way to get some insight and focus on the look you’re trying to achieve.
What is virtual styling?
Virtual styling, or eStyling as it is also known, is a new concept which brings the skills of a stylist to the home via the web.
It allows people in rural areas, or those who aren’t logistically able to meet with a stylist, a one on one consultation via Skype, Facebook, Phone or Email in their home. Some virtual styling can be done with the homeowner implementing ideas under the stylist’s direction, whilst for larger jobs the relationship may be completed largely via video conferencing, combined with one or two site visits to install furniture and props.
The stylist can collaborate virtually with suppliers and tradespeople, giving advice based on imagery and video supplied by the homeowner. The beauty of virtual styling is that it is highly flexible and a stylist can be hired on an hourly rate to give as much or as little advice as is required, without a call out fee.
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The main advantage of virtual styling is that you can communicate with a stylist without requiring an on site consultation, which can often come with a hefty price tag.
This is perfect for those in rural areas, or those who are time or money poor.
Easy to access
At a minimum, all you need is working internet, a camera and email address. For for a more thorough job, Skype or FaceTime and floor plans with measurements.
How does virtual styling work
A virtual stylist can draw up online mood boards to capture a look and feel for the client using an online scrapbooking app like Pinterest. They can act as a consultant and personal shopper to help the client achieve the right price on their sale, or a home with a designer look.
Virtual stylists can also provide advice on paint colours, wall hangings and fixtures and direct how to make maximum use of space.
They often work with large and small retail stores who sell fixtures and interior items and online sites like eBay and Etsy, which are accessible to more people across the country and even the globe.
The perfect gift
If a friend of family member has moved house or is looking for a new look you could consider gifting them a session with a virtual stylist. The perfect Christmas gift for those looking for a little inspiration.
Whether it’s just for a quick chat to solve a colour scheme problem, to full renovation assistance, many virtual assistants can assist, and are a great way to focus on what look you’re going for, and what you like and don’t like.
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Your interiors personal shopper
Have you ever considered indulging in the services of a personal shopper just to find the right dress? It’s a small task but you still go to an expert to get it right.
Even if you’re not embarking on a large styling job or renovation, stylists are always up with current design trends and can often buy at wholesale prices, so they can save you time and money in hunting down that unique lamp our piece of furniture.
When you look at what you might save, what do you have to lose?