Decorating: Should You DIY or Hire a Professional?

Decorating: Should You DIY or Hire a Professional?

Decorating your home can be a challenge. There are limits to time, money and results, which means it often comes down to personal style, budget, and confidence with DIY tasks.

When decorating, the DIY route doesn’t always save you money and choosing a professional won’t always leave you with a style you’re satisfied with. While it depends on personal style, budget, and confidence, there are a few general advantages and disadvantages we can share to help you decide.

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Advantages of DIY Decorating

· Inspiration and Resources

There are countless sources of inspiration to draw from when decorating your own home. Pinterest, Houzz, Instagram, blogs, videos. You can easily get lost in a spiral of inspiration and DIY resources on the internet. You can use search filters to narrow the results to see styles you prefer and then create a vision board to help plan your space. Although, you may have to compromise on a few things depending on your budget and skill. While you may not completely replicate the decorations in photos you find, but there’s a lot of inspiration to spark your creativity and vision.

· You control the vision

You know what you want for your house. You know the styles, colours and textures you like and those you don’t. This helps to narrow your search when looking for particular items if you have a style, theme, or colour scheme in mind.

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Disadvantages of DIY Decorating

· Large Investment of Time

Are you ready to make a commitment to decorate your own home? Spending your weekends and evenings doing the hard work needed to decorate your home. Sometimes this investment of time can be more trouble than it’s worth. Will you put it off or lose interest before you finish? Are you juggling work/family/social life and struggling to find time for your interests? If so, DIY is not the best idea. While you can control your vision, it can control your life, taking away your weekends that could be spent doing better things.

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Advantages of Hiring a Professional Interior Designer

· Access to exclusive to-the-trade only items

Hiring an interior designer will allow you access to a wider variety of furnishings and fabrics that aren’t available directly to the public. This may make it easier for you to find unique items that will suit the style of your home.

· Their Connections, Expertise and Experience

Designers will have connections that they have developed over their career. This can be more beneficial and efficient than trying to gather your friends and family to help you. Designers bring their connections and knowledge of the industry to steer you towards reputable and experienced people to assist you in decorating your home. It may be hidden treasures from furniture stores, or quality carpenters to custom build an item, designers will have reliable connections they can recommend.

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Disadvantages of Hiring a Professional Interior Designer

· It can be costly

If money is your main concern and you have plenty of spare time, then hiring a professional interior designer to decorate your home may not be the right choice for you. However, paying for a professional will give you a beautifully decorated home, without the hassle of having to do it yourself. An interior designer can tailor the style to suit your lifestyle and tastes. They’re experienced, have an eye for design and creativity and have industry connections.

Deciding on DIY or a Professional Designer for your Yarrum Designer Home

Are you able to visualise the style you’re wanting for your home? Odds are that before you start decorating, you have some idea of what you want the end result to look like. However, it depends on your creativity and confidence as to whether or not you can achieve that look yourself or need to call a professional to help execute your vision.

Alternatives may include hiring a virtual designer or asking stores you purchase home items from if they offer interior design consultation with the purchase.

Ultimately, it’s your own choice whether you do it yourself or hire a professional when it comes to decorating your home. We hope the points addressed have helped make your decision a little easier!

Yarrum Designer Homes

Our home designs are flexible, suiting your unique lifestyle, and exceeding your visions. We’ve perfected the building process to ensure each project runs smoothly, allowing more room for creativity. We deliver spectacular architecturally designed homes with unwavering quality and value for money. We offer design solutions for any space, without compromise. Contact us on 02 4938 1345 to learn more.

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