How to: Maximise your interior design budget
August 30, 2018
Setting your budget is the first thing that you should tick of your to-do-list. But when it comes to interiors, budget is a matter of ‘how long is a piece of string’. Here at Decology we look at interior design a little differently and we want to ensure you maximise your interior design budget on every project. We were the first company in the UK with a FREE online interior design package that sits alongside our paid design services but this model has been tried and tested over in the USA for some time now. So how exactly do you benefit from online services such as ours and how do we ensure you maximise your interior design budget?
Access to a designer’s know-how
Online platforms allow you access to a designer’s wealth of knowledge and expertise, resulting in a professionally designed room – without the hefty price tag. These services offer a personalised, affordable way for clients to redecorate, benefitting from your chosen designer’s professional advice without the costs associated with agencies. This also avoids expensive mistakes.
Define your budget
As a first step, online interior design platforms such as Decology will ask you to define your overall budget. This will include any designer’s fees and the items you need to purchase upon completion. This way, designers know exactly where they stand from the offset – and can promise to stick to this agreed price bracket. This is where our Decologists’ experience comes in. “A designer will work to your brief and help you maximise this budget. They will often help you spend less money by directing you to the right product range and alternatives that fit within your budget”, our Creative Director Laura Attolini always says, “Knowing your budget from the very beginning is fundamental to any project”.
Do the ground work
On a similar note, online platforms will ask the client to complete the often time consuming – and therefore expensive – tasks of providing measurements and floorplans at the start of the process. In doing so, the designer can then get on with doing what they do best – getting creative! This ensures clients really make the most of their professional designer’s expertise. Look to various apps and programmes, such as Floorplanner and MagicMeasure, that can help you do this yourself without calling in extra reinforcements, which cost time and money and if you’re not quite ready Decology’s Studio Light is the perfect place to test out looks in a standardised 3D room model. You get all the benefits of the 3D studio without having to commit.
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Access your designer’s secret sources
Designers will know instantly which products to turn to when working with particular budgets, as well as thinking-outside-the-box to some boutique brands of whom you may not previously have heard. “Your interior designer will provide access to numerous products, the latest innovations and trends that you might not even have thought of”,adds Laura “This product knowledge can often stretch a budget further by suggesting solutions that are not readily accessible on the high street”.
Work with your existing pieces
Whether you’ve inherited a gorgeous antique ottoman or simply love your existing coffee table, an online designer will work with your existing pieces and incorporate these into your final design rather than completely overhauling your space. The initial brief, which will be posted online at the beginning of the process, will ask you to list these.
Online design fees are far more affordable than traditional turn-key services. Decology has two online interior design packages. Studio Light is FREE to use with basic room layouts and access to the 3D studio. Perfect to test your looks and start your project. Studio Plus is the full works, a Decology deisgner will work with you to bring your vision to life in a bespoke 3D model of your room. Every single project is also backed by our 100% money back guarantee, meaning if you don’t love the final design, we’ll reimburse you. It is win, win!