DESIGNS ON YOUR INTERIORS
Interior designer Monique Sartor from Sartorial Interiors says putting together an interior design plan like the one pictured (above), takes time and money.
“People often don’t understand how much time it will take,” she says. “Then they spend weekend after weekend looking for stuff and they get really confused and make dodgy decisions.”
If you’re considering getting some professional design help, she says expect to pay between $80 to $150 per hour, depending on your budget. In return, you’ll have someone to guide you through the process while being able to choose from fabrics and furniture only accessible to people in the trade. But be realistic about what your budget will buy. “I had a client who wanted a completely new living room, including the modular sofa, side tables, lighting, everything,” Monique says. “She said her budget was $6000 but that barely covered the cost of the sofa. I don’t think she had spent much time looking at what was on the market for that money.”
While there are economies to be made on, say, a cheaper rug in favour of a more expensive lounge, Monique says there are some things that are worth the spend.
“The price of window treatments is a real shock for some. If you are going to get quality tracking that will last, you do get what you pay for,” she says. “A client spent $3000 on curtains for sliding doors. She thought it was expensive at the time but now she’s raving about them.”