Why you need an interior designer
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.