How hard can it be to choose a paint colour? It seems easy to pick a colour, until you see the hundreds of colours available. There are literally fifty shades of white and fifty shades of grey! Then you select your colour from a piece of paper, purchase the paint, put it on the walls and it looks totally different from the colour you selected. That’s because paint can look entirely different with different lighting conditions, and even by what it’s paired with – like the colour of carpets, furniture and fittings.
Then we haven’t even mentioned the family arguments, with everyone picking a different shade of white. So employing an interior designer, or a colour specialist, to provide advice on paint colours can be money well spent, although it’s obviously not a necessity. Fortunately many paint suppliers can provide this expert at no cost, providing you use their products.
But some attempt more extensive renovations and construction work themselves without a proper design. This comes with some risk.
What are the risks of designing your home?
There are a number of risks of designing your home without professional help. This includes:
Conclusion - saving money may make your new home more expensive
Designers do cost money and we're all out trying to save money. But spending money on employing the right professionals will save you money. Importantly they will often guide you in the right direction - helping to crystallise your ideas onto paper. They will help prevent those family arguments over colours and finishes. They should simplify your choices.
Proper design drawings are often a prerequisite for obtaining building approvals. Poor drawings could delay the process, even leading to the rejection of permit applications.
See my article on Selecting a designer for more useful information.
For more valuable home design and renovation tips and advice read: 'An Introduction to Building and Renovating Houses - Volume 1 Hiring Contractors, Managing Construction and Finishing Your Home' and 'Volume 2 Finding Your Ideal Property and Designing Your Dream Home'
This is an extract from: 'An Introduction to Building and Renovating Houses Volume 2' by Paul Netscher. Available in paper or eBook from Amazon.com, Amazon UK, Amazon CA, Amazon AU and all online bookstores. To read more
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