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Designer vs. DIY - Should I Decorate My Home Myself?

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Designer vs. DIY – Should I Decorate My Home Myself?

When you move into a new home, the desire to decorate it to reflect your style and tastes will lead to the question of whether to do it yourself or hire a professional. There are pros and cons to both which you will have to weigh up. Here are some factors to consider.

Conveying Your Style

The degree to which you feel at home is very much dependent on your house being an expression of the people who live there. The challenge is whether you can translate that into reality.

On the other hand, a good designer will ask a ton of questions to determine what you are looking for. A designer also has the experience to envision your needs more practically and artistically. For example, they will look at the overall flow between areas, the optimal use of space, contrasting textures and colours, and work on finding just the right piece to complement a room. They also have access to specialist stores so will be able to find the perfect lounge suite or wall-hanging that is not available in general stores.

It is important that you convey your ideas and tastes accurately. You need to be specific about colours and the shades you love or hate. If comfort is more important than looks, mention it. The designer will see to it that the result provides ease of use as well as beauty.

How Much DIY Are You Prepared For?

You know that you want pastel walls. But do you want to paint them yourself? That said, you can find it immensely rewarding to go down to the paint shop and pick out your colour scheme then come home and roll up your sleeves to get the job done. The hours spent working on your home can be a pleasurable activity that leaves you glowing with satisfaction afterward.

It can be fun to browse through furniture stores looking for the exact lounge suite you have in mind, finding artwork to hang on your walls, and picking out special lighting.

Before you start, make sure that you will finish the job. If you get halfway and tire of the project you will have spent a lot of money and still end up having to bring in a designer.

Finding the Right Designer

Three designers all given the same specs will each produce a unique result. As well as them being creative and infusing a design with a spark of themselves, there are so many options to choose from.

To make sure your tastes and that of your designer match, ask to see photographs of other work they have done. You will find that each designer’s work bears a stamp of individuality that defines their craft. One designer may tend to go for an angular look which you find inorganic, while another will incorporate frills that you find too fussy.

Go with your gut on this. Pick a designer whose work makes you feel good. You can get a sense of a designer’s ideas on interior design by looking at their websites too.

Common DIY Mistakes

Don’t decorate each room as a separate project. First, decide on the overall look you want and then tailor it to each room so that you maintain a sense of unity throughout the home.

Choose your furniture before you settle on the colour of the walls. The colour range for furniture is limited while wall paints can be mixed to get the exact shade you want.

Test a wall colour in a small spot first. Often colours appear darker on the walls than they did on the paint strip. Lighting will also affect the final look.

Consider the size of your rooms when selecting furniture. This will avoid having a piece that is too large or small for an area. Measure the area first. Make sure that the furniture is comfortable and suits the purpose you will use it for.

Avoid trends in decorating as these go out of style quickly. Go for personal preference and choose classic pieces that never date. Stick with your tastes and don’t be swayed by opinion. You will simply end up hating it.

Don’t dominate your home with your favourite colour or you will quickly tire of it. Use it as a secondary colour and for accessories.

DIY can leave you with a sense of accomplishment and pride in a job welldone. On the other hand, if you are unsure of your skills to produce a professional finish that matches your tastes, consider hiring a designer.



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