DIY interior design is changing the game! Design enthusiasts are flocking to sites like Pinterest and Houzz in hopes of easy, budget-friendly and fun home renovation projects that won’t require the commitment of a designer. But, sometimes what you see isn’t really what you’ll get…
Here are some pros and cons of the DIY interior design phenomena.
Pro: Budget Friendly
When tackled with a keen eye for design, and a fool proof game plan, DIY interior design can be a nice money-saver. If you’re going for a small-scale home revamp, this could actually be a great compromise. Nobody should ever have to forgo a beautiful home because of budget.
Con: Hidden costs
What you don’t realize, is that with the right planning, you can afford an interior designer on a shoestring budget, and there are always hidden costs to DIY interior design. Trust me, there is a lot more that happens behind the scenes of your favorite HGTV design show.
Designers spend years perfecting the art of the craft, and the more technical aspects of a home renovation project. We know how to avoid costly mistakes, and design chaos. Plus, most designers have amazing connections – that expensive dream sectional may be out of reach, but designers have access to suppliers you may not have even heard of. We can always find thrifty and chic alternatives.
Pro: Take charge
You almost can’t put a price on a design done yourself. A renovation or decorating project can be incredibly rewarding.
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Con: The world on your shoulders
Although a successful DIY renovation or decoration project will give you major bragging points, if something goes wrong, the chaos will fall on your shoulders alone. While a designer may be able to work around problems or prevent them in the first place, if something happens on your watch, it could end up being an enormous financial and emotional burden.
Pro: A fun hobby
Starting a new DIY project is just plain fun. It’s the reason I got into this field. Interior Design is an art, and like most art, it is something you can learn to do on your own.
Con: Can turn stressful fast
On that note, just because you want to replicate art, doesn’t mean you have the knowledge to do so. While you can learn, jumping into an interior design project can turn stressful fast. The right designer can educate you on the design process – like space planning, purchasing, color, texture, proportion and the art of contractor management – while letting you enjoy the fun parts! This allows you to learn, participate, and have the peace of mind of knowing a professional is on the job.