Of course, you want your home’s design to be just right. 

Must it be trendy? Perhaps. Styled to reflect your taste? Absolutely. Getting the design looking like an interior designer did it while staying within your budget is a big job. Sometimes, it takes a whole team to oversee the work on one small building. Not to mention, renovations and changes can take ages, if you’re doing it while you juggle a busy career and home life.

There’s also a common belief that interior designers are exclusively for the wealthy. In actual fact, interior designers, like most service providers, work around your budget. They ensure you get the very best value for your money, in the space you have. 

If you’re looking for a stress-free answer to getting a fabulous interior design, you’ll love these decorating insights from our interior design team.

 

Interior designer’s insight #1: Start with the end in mind

We all find pretty things and we buy them without considering how we’re going to use them. This idea leads to lots of beautiful items in the home, but they might not speak to each other well. Or, they don’t contribute to the overall look you’ve pursued, especially if you don’t have a clear idea in mind at the start. 

We feel, you should start with a clear idea of what your end result should be. Look at pictures, and only accumulate items that will build the end result. 

 

Interior designer’s insight #2: Know when to call your interior designer 

We’re always telling our clients and readers this, and we will keep telling them: Bring your interior designer in when you hire your architect (if it’s a new build). 

The whole idea is collaboration, to give you an end-result that functions as you need it to. If the interior designer comes in after the construction phase, they may find it challenging to give you the best value in the space you’ve got.

 

Interior designer’s insight #3: Hire a designer that’s affiliated with an industry-association, like the IID

The IID (the South African Institute of Interior Design) ensures that each member is vetted, very strictly. Interior designers belonging to this association are qualified, well-experienced, and highly capable. They’re also required to follow the industry’s best practices, ensuring clients have a positive working relationship with their designers. 

 

Interior designer’s insight #4: Interior designers charge a fair, affordable fee

We mentioned that interior designers work according to a budget, which you stipulate. Included in your budget, is your interior designer's fee. Your interior designer would typically charge you a percentage of the overall cost of the job. The cost involved in hiring an interior designer balances itself out as you save money on sourcing all your items and materials, handling contractors, and of course, you get the expertise that comes with a professional interior designer. That means you’re going to get it right the first time. 

 

Interior designer’s insight #5: See the end result before it begins

If you hire an interior designer, you will see 3D visuals of your plan, which includes every aspect of your design. These visuals allow you to see exactly what your end product will look like, so forget the worries of painting your walls a daring colour only to realise it clashes with the furniture. 

The 3D render gives you the opportunity to see what you’re getting before you get it, and to have your say and ensure everything, right down to the finest details, is exactly the way you want it (or better).

 

An interior designer knows how to design a space that flows well 

An interior designer understands how rooms need to flow. They’ve learned how to sculpt an interior so that your movement through the house feels smooth and effortless. Achieving that takes great attention to detail. 

But, what the interior designer brings to the table, is the ability to analyse your lifestyle and incorporate elements into your home that reflects who you are. Not only does this knowledge simplify your daily activities, it incorporates your story into your decor, reflecting your taste and style. 

Interior designers are used to dealing with tricky situations on a daily basis, challenges are always welcome. 

If you’re looking for an interior designer to make your dream interior space a reality, contact Redesign Interiors, we’ll tell your story, and we’ll make it magical. 

 

 


 

A young couple bought a house. 

They were quite particular about their house when they went house hunting. They wanted a home with 4 bedrooms. One of the bedrooms needs to have its own access from outside. They also wanted en-suite bathrooms in as many rooms as possible. The couple loves having visitors over, especially because they love to cook.

They finally find that magical building that resonates with them, it's beautiful. It overlooks a valley and the large windows are enchanting.

Once they move in, it becomes clear that parts of the house don’t work well with their lifestyle. There’s no room for the gas cylinder that powers their gas stove. The pool is turning out to be an expensive luxury that no one uses. The couple that loved to cook together, are finding it difficult in the small kitchen. It's beautiful, but not equipped to facilitate their culinary skills. 

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Learning there’s a difference between good and great happens early in life. Being given a chocolate is good, being given a chocolate cake is great. 

Differentiating between good and great becomes a little tricky as you get older, especially because the rules of the game change. 

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“Good order is the foundation of all things”

-Edmund Burke

Speaking of foundations and good order, the order in which you approach your team when you’re building a house is very important. The best time to involve your interior designer is not once your house and its finishes are all built, it is before you break ground, pre-foundation stage. Your architect should work hand-in-hand with your interior designer for the best possible results. Your architect will manage the build from foundation until the concrete shell is completed and the roof is on. At that point your designer will come in and manage the finishes. 

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Using wallpaper is a way to capture individuality in your decor. It comes with a variety of benefits, especially with the way technology has changed. It is easier to apply than ever before, its lifespan is three-fold that of wall paint, and it is more resistant to dents, scratches and bumps. The wallpaper designed by Redesign Interiors is washable and reusable, meaning you can remove it and apply it to a different area, where it will adhere perfectly and continue to serve your space, as if it’s brand new. It means fewer touch-ups and the chance of walking into someone else’s home to find the exact same wallpaper, used in the exact same manner, is unlikely. As for paint? Well, that will require a bit of work to create something eccentric and unique.

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“Depending on the context, colour can convey meaning, often more effectively than words”  

2018 will be the year for self-expression, and Pantone is rising to the occasion and providing a far wider spectrum to choose from, embracing individuality and purpose in colour. The sense of renewed vigor in the fashion industry, both in interior design and fashion, indicate greater confidence and optimism, a great triumph for those who love the bright and the bold. 

Words like shiny, pearlescent, glossy and iridescent come to mind, with the new neutral being metallic. The human eye is naturally drawn to the lustrous sheen of metallics, which in turn creates a backdrop for bright blasts of colour. 

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Redesign Interiors is loving lodge design at the moment and we’ve been keeping our eyes out for beautifully designed interiors around the globe. One that caught our eyes is the Singita Ebony Lodge, located in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve in South Africa.

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It’s cozy. It’s inviting. And it’s a toasty hot interior design trend right now! Faux fur adds a more snug feel to any neat and tidy space. Mix up your overly modern space with a little faux fur throw, inviting people to actually sit down and get comfy. You want something sumptuous and luxurious to elevate your home - and it can come from something as simple as a pillow, rug or throw.

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A home is not only a house to live in, it is a place to increase our mental space and gives off hints of our identity. Why not incorporate Vastu Shastra into your home, to keep your humble abode filled with happiness and good health? Vastu Shastra is an ancient Indian science of harmony and prosperous living - done by getting rid of those negative energies and enhancing, embracing and creating nothing but good vibes.

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Although Father’s Day has come and gone, we are still celebrating all things masculine and manly during this month of MAN! Here are some tips on how to design a man cave made of magic. The “man cave” - a place set aside to pursue his interests - can be an office, study, basement, or whatever. It simply needs to be a place for a man to relax and enjoy himself. There is no need to be a fan of feng shui to know your surroundings have an effect on your mood. A simple design can feel relaxed, homey and rugged.

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March is such a fantastic month - it’s the beginning of the Autumn months, when change begins to take place all around us. Change is great, we should all embrace it. Autumn is a time to reinvent yourself, or your home. Sometimes reinventing your home, results in reinventing yourself. Put in a little bit of effort and these two things can both be achieved, and soon you will feel like Michael Jackson on stage.

Here are two little nuggets of advice to change up your home this Autumn:

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We love colour. No, wait, we LOVE colour! We believe that colour can change your world. We are going to change our world by painting a bright pink wall in our office - come check it out!

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Colours, glorious colours! They are going to be all over the place this year - which makes us super duper excited! Neutral interiors? That’s a big no, no! Go bold, go colourful or go home (literally). We want to see more blush and sage combos. The desire to create something unique, different and innovative is a hot trend right now, so go wild! It’s all about designing for the individual and not around what is fashionable. So, so exciting!

 


 
 
 

We are completely in love with the new colour palette for 2017! It is about time that it features such incredibly bright colours - just what we love!

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