Home is the place where we feel comfortable but for it to be cosier, its interior needs to be properly decorated. Here comes the question: How? Some people chose to do it themselves, others prefer to have it decorated by famous professionals because it is supposed to look better.

It is entirely your choice how to furnish your residence. You decide on the colour of the walls, the shape of the sofa and the pictures on your bedsheets. Since you know yourself best, it is only natural that you know what you like.

There are a few things, however, you need to consider before making your choice on whether you or a decorator will make the arrangements.

One of the things you need to know is how much you will have to spend on a professional should you choose it. Here is how designers charge for a project.

What’s The Cost of a Decorator?

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Most designers prefer to charge hourly. The reasons are that they want to make sure they are paid what their time is worth. Of course, it is a given that senior designers are more costly. 

Another reason is that the undecidedness of a client can take a lot of extra time which cannot be predicted with a fixed fee. The questions a client has also take time to be answered. This can only stimulate clients to have a clear image of what they want before they even begin.

Not to even get started on the fact that some designers also charge a certain percentage of the net pricing of the purchased items for a project.

The work of competent designers alone usually is priced between $250 and $350 hourly. Imagine how much it bills to have everything you want done as it might take between 600 to 800 hours.

The reasons behind the bills

Should you hire a professional designer?



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There are designers who have a flat fee and then add the materials’ cost. It may be considered a fixed fee but is it really? With construction and new furniture, it can easily surpass your expectations.

There are also designers who avoid charging hourly. Sometimes either the work feels rushed or it looks like it flows slower, so the designers get more money out of it. It is only natural that this brings a sense of tension between the worker and the client.

Nevertheless, none can be certain of what hides behind a wall and how much time it will take to build it back up. Whatever reason a designer may have for their hourly prices, let’s just say they have considered all the factors and it is not cheap.

Of course, there is also a thing called ‘a fee for consulting’. Consulting a famous designer can even go as high as $2,000 for a 55-minute online conversation. And the construction and furnishing combined for 4,000 to 20,000 square feet can cost around $140,000 in total.

DIY Your Home & What You Need to Know Beforehand

Looking at all the prices can make a cosy home seem impossible if you are working on a tight budget, but here are the top five principles to follow if you decide to take it on yourself. You will not need a PhD in interior design to make your dream house seem flawless.

All begins with a base. And at the very base stands the demand for a balance. The first step is to choose a type of balance to your liking. There are three types of to choose from: symmetrical, asymmetrical and radial.

For symmetrical balance it is best suited if the space is traditional or formal. This sort of place is best to be split evenly into two sides which mirror each other. You should only beware of the space becoming featureless and banal.

As for the asymmetrical balance, it should be visually weighted with colours and forms which can be trickier. And the radial one should have a central focal point and other elements circling it.

The second principle is rhythm. Much needed to style a room with life, rhythm must be felt. It can be as small as the colour of a pillow going to the lamp to the carpet and back to a sofa. However small, details are everything.

The next principle is harmony. Harmony is a little different from the rhythm in terms of feeling it needs to bring. Use one three colours instead of the full palette. A space with just one colour used in diverse shapes can bring you relaxation.

The fourth principle is emphasis. Most of the time the architect has already chosen a place to emphasize, and your only job is to add up to it. If you skip this step, you risk turning the area into something dull.

Last but not least is the proportion and scale. Your last job is to make sure you are not trying to squeeze huge pieces of furniture into too small a space. Try to measure the space well so you still have adequate room left.

What Is Your Dream Home?

Even after knowing all the principles, it is not easy to create what you dreamed of. Here are tips to interior design to help you on your journey.

First of all, you are the boss. You can do whatever you want with your home. You might want to follow the latest trends but do add something unique. Feel free to get inspiration from social media and play around with the space to create something you are happy with.

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Second, take it slow when shopping. Often when we go shopping there are few things we like, and we just must settle for an item that will do but is boring.

On the flip side, if you only buy items you have fallen in love with, it is bound to take you longer to decorate. The longer it takes the more time you have, to fully decide what to do for every corner of the house. 

While you take your time with the furniture start off with choosing three colours which go well with one another and work with them. Best, though, put a coloured paper on the wall you want to paint to see how the light reflects on it.

However small the room, have one big piece of furniture and a few smaller ones. Keep the old sofa and use returnable samples for the curtains to save up and use the money for all little accessories needed for a welcoming home.


You do not need to spend a fortune to renew your home, nor do you need a respected interior designer. You can do it yourself and it will be just as perfect. When you are done, your home will be your fortress.

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