A common perception is that interior designers are costly and will only give you expensive ideas that they themselves love.
This is very rarely the case, and most interior/exterior designers will give you a look and feel youâ€™ll love for your homeÂ â€“Â within a fixed budget.
Although you can spend tens of thousands of dollars for design and architectural advice, you can often get minor assistance (for exampleÂ paint colours) for as little as $500.
Here are some of the ways an interior designer can help you:
Interior designers will show you how to create spaces that look amazing in their own right, as well as being one piece of a cohesive overall look for your home
Itâ€™s not too hard to renovate one room in isolation â€“ but problems arise when you have more than one space to pull together.
For example, if youâ€™re renovating your kitchen, bathroom, living room and exterior, these roomsÂ should be cohesive, but notÂ matchy-matchy. Often, renovators do not consider the overall effect of their individual room renovations, so the house ends up lacking a sense of flow and each room feels disconnected from the next.
Some interior designers will also give colour and design advice for the exterior of your home. This is extremely important because it assists with the â€śvisual flowâ€ťÂ from inside to outside.
One aspect of visual flow is physical â€“ where the walls are located and how you move within the spaces. The other aspect is how the spaces feed in together visually (from outside to inside) by using the right blend and repetition of colours and products.
You might think working out the cost of something is a matter of adding the labour cost and the materials costs. What you may forget, though,Â are all the steps (and additional costs) in between.
A large majority of home renovators blow their budgets becauseÂ they underestimate the real costs for their renovation andÂ end up spending much more than theyâ€™d anticipated.
An experienced designer will give you estimatedÂ figures for your renovation before you go too far down the rabbit hole â€“Â and pull you back on areas that look like theyâ€™re going to exceed your budget.
Most home renovators are aware of whatâ€™s on trend, but the key is to create something thatâ€™s modern and contemporary yet will not date. Thereâ€™s a fine balance between a look that is fashionable right now and a contemporary design that will last seven to 10 years.Â
An interior designer will helpÂ design your home in a way that ensures you donâ€™t find yourself regretting certain colour or product choices down the track.
Spending a little bit extra on a good interior or exterior designer is well worth your investmentÂ and will ensure every part of your home looks and feels exactly the way you want.Â
Jane Eyles-Bennett is one of Australiaâ€™s top interior/exterior designers and owner of Brisbane based design firmÂ Hotspace Consultants. Join Jane atÂ Home Renovators Network AustraliaÂ for design andÂ renovation inspiration and insider tipsÂ for your home improvement projects.