Should You? DIY Or Hire a Designer For Your Interior Design Challenge

So, you decide to redecorate your home, what is the next step:

“DIY or engage a professional designer?”

Well, first you have to ask yourself a few questions:

Do you have any knowledge? Have you been studying the TV programs on HGTV and others? . Have you been buying decorating books by the dozen? Do you have the time? Are you game? If you answer NO to any or all of the above then perhaps you should hire an interior designer? However, if you answered YES and you have the time, why not use that opportunity?

Don’t be afraid, there are countless Web sites available to help you out.  Take the challenge. You can always re-paint, and return accents, and some places exchange furniture.

Hiring a professional interior designer will prevent from having to pay “unexpected costs” like; the wrong color, the unsuitable piece of furniture, the “no-style” decorations and/or the out of place accents. But, it will not stop the fee you are going to pay the designer, and these can be costly. Can you afford to pay out the cost of a designer at an estimated $35-$100+ per hour. Yes, then you will have to inform the decorator what colors you like, show them your home –  so they can get a good idea of your style, go over some pictures (the decorator should have brought along some samples or catalogs) of designs and styles. The designer should ask personal questions related to; children, anyone with disabilities, hobbies, favorite colors, entertainment preferences, favorite music, cultural background etc. The designer will use the information gathered in your first meeting to put up together some ideas for the next meeting.

The Next Meeting:  That’s when he (or she) will show you plans, sketches, wallpaper samples, color samples, fabric samples, (a color board) and so on.

However, Stop!     Yes, You can do this yourself! Just ask yourself all the above questions and make notes of your answers, visit Home stores and gather samples of paint/stain you like, go to fabric places and get swatches of fabric, yes, you can mix together – stripes, plaids, checks, floral, be bold (most of the stores have qualified assistants that will help you) – get catalogs and cut out furniture you like and accent pieces, drapes or other window treatments and paste them on a poster board. Hang this from your wall and leave it there for at least 3-5 days, look at it at different times of the day (the colors of paint, fabric etc., will change varying on the light). What you don’t like, replace with another. If you make your color board up first – the chance of any mistakes are going to be limited.

You can never do too much planning when it comes to decorating and/or DIY. You need to make sure you know what colors you want to use, window treatments, furniture, stain on the wood and even cabinets. Once you have these together, the accents will be easier for you to choose.

So You Can Save Money – and have fun.

HDB Flat Interior Design – 3 Things to Lookout When Engaging a Designer for the Job

Have you looked for Singapore interior designers’ portfolio? Have you seen how imposingly they work around the limited living space of Housing and Development Board (HDB) flat interior design? HDB residences in Singapore are pretty much the same in floor are and design. There is very little you can do to enhance the balcony and greeneries. But, given the right design and Renovation Company, there is actually a lot of room for magic.

Many consumers are somewhat timid by the thought of hiring an HDB flat designer. They are intimidated by the fact that they’ll lose control of the design, or the budget, and that the finished room may not be to their liking. In HDB flat interior design, the main secret to enhance the limited floor space is mirrors. Mirrors are used to lighten up a room and magnify it to a certain degree. In most of the design companies and designers’ portfolios, mirrors are present everywhere. The living room, being the main area for receiving guests, entertaining and lounging about is often the focal point of most HDB flat interior design. It houses the entertainment centre, including the video and audio sets. The living room expressly shows the personalities of the homeowners and often times, there are shelves and tables displaying portraits of the home owners or their collections – whether it is antique, figurines or action figures.

Nowadays with the help of internet you can do some research on the web as a first step to help calm your worries. You’ll find many significant resources to help you get comfortable with the whole idea of engaging a designer, and many more that will give you tips on how to find and work with an interior designer. You also have to be aware and practice due effort when reading, some of the honors and criticism given to the designer. Some of them may not be correct or sincere.

As a homeowner it’s important for you to lookout for materials to communicate with your designer. Your designer won’t be able to make the perfect design for you unless you’re able to talk just what you want. It’s often recommended that you start to collect photos from magazines of living rooms and furniture you like (and those you dislike), since this will give your designer a place to begin in creating a design specifically for you.

You must be able to communicate to your interior designer the style you want, the colors you like, and the activities that will take place in the room. Make a list of furniture you own that you want to hold. Think about your options for furniture, materials, fabrics and patterns. There are so many ways one can work on hdb flat interior design. The key is in finding the right interior design and Renovation Company to make your dream into a reality.

Would You Employ an Interior Designer to Build Your Home?

Imagine going to a furnishings store.

You see a set of curtains that you like.

You love the colours so much that you decide to build a home around them. You call in an interior designer and get him to build the home.

Inevitably the building doesn’t work efficiently or effectively as a home. The plumbing might not work. The electrics, the position of the doors, the construction timbers might not be as strong as they should be. The house probably wouldn’t pass certification by your local council.

So you have to call in an architect and then a builder to remodel the house so that it meets the demands of the family using it.

Obviously no sensible person would begin to even think about building a home around a set of curtains because they like the colour.

Yet that is how 99% of people go about building their website.

· They have a corporate colour or logo that they want their site to match.
· Then they call in an interior designer to design the look of the site.
· Then the designer builds the site.
· And it almost inevitably does not work for those who want to use it… searchers.
· So then they decide to cal in an architect to fix the problem.

The architect is an SEO guy. Not a technical one, that’s a civil engineer but an architect who researches and understands what works from a usability or market point of view.

Before you even begin to discuss the layout of your website with your web-designer, find out what our potential customers want and the build your site around that.

And just like the house, designing, building and decorating, are entirely different skills. You wouldn’t ask your interior designer to design your house so don’t ask your web-designer to design the structure of your website.

The term web-designer can mislead many people because of the “design” element in the term but it’s no different from the design word in interior-designer.

Now you may have your interior designer acting as project manager for building your home. That’s fine because they would consciously employ an architect and builder, plumber, electrician etc.

So don’t overload your web-designer with tasks that they aren’t experienced in undertaking. It’s not fair on them and, as helpful people, they will often agree to do the SEO for you. Yet for both you and your web-designer, you will both end up with a below par website.

To demonstrate the point, how many clients’ websites do you see on Page 1 of Google? Very few.

2 or perhaps 3 for most searches.

You’ll see directories, recruitment sites, education courses and wikis taking up most of the Top 10 sites. In many industries, they take up Page 2 and 3 as well.

The reason is that those sites, which are built by web-designers, aren’t optimised to appear on Page 1. So if your web designer says they know and can do SEO, ask them how many of their clients are on Page 1 of Google.

To be fair, I don’t have a clue about creating a design for a web-site. I know my limitations. Make sure the service providers you employ are honest about their limitations.

Everyone will produce a better result that way.