Firstly, what makes a good interior designer or decorator?
Education & Experience: A good interior designer has usually been through formal training, however experience and a natural flair is imperative and can be seen in their past projects. A background in furniture manufacture and fabrics is important in order to give valuable and practical advice. Staff at Oaklands Furniture, Design & Decor have been in the design industry for decades and have worked with the top South African manufacturers and clients from every sphere of life.
Special skills: A large part of our skill focuses on space planning. This process includes conducting an in-depth analysis of how the current space is being used, as well as any functional changes that should be made in a redesign. Usually, this will include things like changing the layout to achieve better functionality or usage throughout the space. As we all know, design and decorating are all about aesthetics. They can handle tasks such as selecting colour schemes, purchasing design items, arranging furniture layouts, and placing wall art. Oaklands is the expert who can help you bring an entirely new look to your existing space.
When to bring one in: An interior designer or decorator gives important advice if you’re working on a remodel and require guidance beyond aesthetics. They can help you redesign your space from the ground up, as well as project manage details like working with contractors. With smaller projects, you may need another set of expert eyes to help bring your design inspiration to life, or if you want to give a room a makeover and don’t have time to handle it on your own. Oaklands works on projects of any size.
Keep in mind: Every decorator and designer is different. Oaklands has a designer who will work with your style and personality. We offer a huge range of styles from traditional to modern within a budget to suit your pocket.
Below please find information on why an Interior Designer from Oaklands would benefit you:
1. Save Money.
It might sound strange that hiring someone to decorate your home would save you money since you have the additional fee of the designer, however hiring a designer can help you to avoid costly mistakes that will not only help you save money but can increase the value of your home. Oaklands works around your budget.
Oaklands charges a callout and design fee which falls away should you proceed with the project.
2. Professional Assessment.
Oaklands gives you a professional assessment of your unique situation, that will lead to a solid plan of action. The order of things in a design plan is key in determining what can be repurposed or should be replaced. This will not only affect the budget but help you to spend it more efficiently. A designer offers a skilled eye, but these eyes are trained to see and notice things that you may not.
3. Budgeting and Planning.
Oaklands will keep you on budget and save you time and effort. We know where to go for resources for everything related to your home. This will save you endless amounts of time researching products, brands and prices. We will have all this readily on hand, and should we not, will spend the time researching so that you don’t have to. Many clients prefer to split a project into phases which helps to focus on a specific area and helps with the budget by prioritizing important spaces.
4. Discussion & Liaison
Designers will be able to build a stronger connection between you and your architect or contractor early on and can head off design mistakes in your overall plan. This is crucial in managing time and money. Designers are trained to think about things that may be overlooked. It is important that the lighting and furnishing needs are addressed before construction to avoid disappointment. Oaklands will organise site visits and meetings to discuss these necessities.
5. Wide availability of resources.
There are things available to Oaklands as designers that are not available to the general public in terms of connections, resources and general merchandise. By culminating these resources Oaklands will help to make your space look more collected, unique and pulled together.
In addition to vendor resources, Oaklands has many home improvement industry contacts. We can save you time and headaches trying to identify reliable, contractors, plumbers and electricians for your projects.
7. Reaction & Wow Factor.
Oaklands will give you the “wow” factor you’ve been looking for. We are trained to think differently, spatially and to see an overall picture that clients often cannot. We like to think outside the box. We want your space to leave a lasting impression on guests.
Oaklands will add a great deal to the aesthetic charm of your home, which in turn can increase showings and sales if you are selling your home. This increased appeal can exponentially speed up the amount of time your home sits on the market before it is sold. The benefit here is two-fold, a faster turn-around time and more money in your pocket.
9. An accomplished eye.
Through experience and with a trained eye, we can automatically tell you if there is something wrong or right with a space. Having that immediate consult is a major advantage when making aesthetic decisions. Often times homeowners try to do it all themselves and get frustrated. We are here to help you solve them.
10. Visual story-teller
Interior design is a skill and an art that will only enhance the space and the quality of your life in the space. Hiring a design company, like Oaklands, raises the level of that experience and makes your house a home. A designer can help you tell your visual story.