Why you need an in­te­rior de­signer

Lesotho Times - - Property -

WHEN most peo­ple think about hir­ing an in­te­rior de­signer, they are of­ten con­cerned with pay­ing high fees that are way out of their bud­get. How­ever, work­ing with an in­te­rior de­signer is within ev­ery­one’s reach.

This is ac­cord­ing to Erina van der Merwe from Liv­ing Di­vani, who says the process of de­vel­op­ing a bud­get should be a partnership be­tween the de­signer and the client.

She says as the client, you should be hon­est about your bud­get so that the de­signer can as­sess your needs cor­rectly. An in­te­rior de­signer can help you de­ter­mine where to spend and where to save — pri­ori­tise ex­penses while creat­ing an in­te­rior that is within your bud­get.

If you’re con­cerned about your bud­get, don’t be be­cause Erina says not ev­ery­thing has to be com­pleted at once. She says the de­signer can de­velop a long-range plan, start­ing with the rooms you feel need at­ten­tion first. From there, the de­signer can de­ter­mine a time line for the next project.

When work­ing with a cred­i­ble de­signer who has a well-planned scheme, this could help you avoid costly er­rors and make pur­chases wisely.

INI­TIAL BRIEF­ING The in­te­rior de­signer’s aim is to es­tab­lish ex­actly what has to be done and what ser­vices you would like to have.

The de­sign and dec­o­ra­tion of your house should re­flect your needs and per­son­al­ity and at the end, you should be happy and com­fort­able says Erina.

She says they can guide and in­tro­duce you to the new­est dé­cor trends and ideas to get the best for the least money spent.

Sur­vey and pre­sen­ta­tions Dur­ing the sur­vey of a room or house, the in­te­rior de­signer will make a de­tailed anal­y­sis of the home.

A floor plan will be drawn — this is the ba­sis from which to start the project.

This de­sign so­lu­tion will be pre­sented and com­mu­ni­cated to the client with clear vi­su­al­i­sa­tions of ev­ery as­pect of the in­tended dé­cor and de­sign. Ser­vices range from space plan­ning, elec­tri­cal plan­ning and lay­outs, light­ing plan and lay­outs, floor plan and lay­outs and ceil­ing de­tails and lay­outs.

MAK­ING SIM­PLE CHANGES Sim­ple changes and ad­di­tions can make a huge dif­fer­ence, and an in­te­rior de­signer can help you with these.

Erina says any room can be trans­formed by adding colour, re­ar­rang­ing ex­ist­ing fur­ni­ture, adding at­mo­spheric light­ing or mir­rors.

Other sim­ple changes that home­own­ers can make in­clude mak­ing clever and cre­ative win­dow treat­ment choices, adding ac­ces­sories, cush­ions and throws (which are the least ex­pen­sive) and adding paint Among thou­sands of pos­si­bil­i­ties, ma­te­ri­als and fin­ishes for floors, walls, ceil­ings and win­dows must be cho­sen and or­dered. De­ci­sions about cup­boards, plumb­ing and light­ing fix­tures are also part of the se­lec­tion process.

Erina says there’s a vast and end­less se­lec­tion of prod­ucts avail­able on the mar­ket, and this can be a daunt­ing task, and for some, im­pos­si­ble to do on their own.

So is choos­ing fur­ni­ture, it is a ma­jor com­po­nent of in­te­rior de­sign and dec­o­rat­ing, and an im­por­tant part of the big­ger pic­ture. The se­lec­tion process also in­volves choos­ing fab­rics for up­hol­stered pieces, and re­ar­rang­ing it into your space.

A rep­utable de­signer will have a vast knowl­edge of the var­i­ous fur­ni­ture styles and be in con­tact with a large num­ber of fur­ni­ture sup­pli­ers, and there­fore can take the pain out of mak­ing these tricky de­ci­sions on your own.

— Prop­erty24

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