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DDL: Decorating On A Shoestring

From questionable artists swishing around fabric swatches to old ladies making your home look rigid and staged, there have always been certain myths about interior designers that have made the rounds amongst homeowners.

One of the biggest misconceptions about interior design is that it costs too much – and with South Africa being in its second recession in the last 9 years, renovating your home might not seem like the best investment.

That’s actually not the case at all. Hiring an interior decorator can actually be a way to save you money, time and a whole lot of stress! So, here are a few ways that hiring a decorator may be one of the best decisions you ever make!

They help you avoid costly mistakes:
The design world is rife with stories of well-meaning people who decided to “save” money and forgo professional design advice but ended up with a costly disaster instead. Getting things done correctly from the start will not only save you time but will also save you big bucks! It means that you won’t waste money on materials and supplies that could have gone towards something much, much better from the start!

They know how to budget
Planning and budgeting to redecorate your home can be stressful. It’s something that is sometimes better left to a professional. Interior decorators have specialised tools and systems to help them make the most of a variety of budgets and time frames, keeping unexpected costs at bay. They also keep you on a budget because they have resources for every type of finish, fixture, and furnishing. They have the know how to mix high- and low-end products to make your space beautiful while keeping your wallet intact.

Insider pricing is the middle game
Professional interior decorators have developed many contacts over the years, and this can often mean discounted rates for you. Designers work with contractors for just about everything, from backyards to tile work and cabinetry. Since they work together frequently, they often get better rates than a new customer. Apart from saving you money, they also know which contractors are best suited to your needs, and when they are available to oversee your project.

They know how to recycle
Hiring an interior decorator doesn’t mean that you have to purchase all new pieces for your home. Interior decorators are skilled at repurposing and reusing the things that you already have. Rather than redo all of your cabinets, buy a brand new dining room set, or pull out your flooring, designers can help you come up with affordable solutions that will bring a fresh look utilising some of the things you already have.

If you’re thinking of investing in interior design, DDL interior décor specialists are there for you. They’ll show you where your money will be well-spent and help you make smart purchases that will be well worth it. Count on their interior décor expertise, or visit the showroom in Kramerville, Sandton for uniquely crafted, made-to-order furniture and other home accessories.

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