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13519 Interior Designers & Decorators in Durban

Linken Designs
Linken Designs - Interior Designers in Durban. We offer Interior services ranging from full package for projects within
Karen Robert
Karen Robert Interiors considers meeting the client for the first time the beginning of the first chapter of a story in
Frans Alexander Interiors
"Creating a space which is unique and reflects the clients personality, yet being functional, timeless and comfortable."
Rae Designs
Rae Designs is a skilled, full service interior design & décor studio. We are passionate about transforming space into
Redesign Interiors
OUR MISSION DESIGNING INTERIORS.TELLING YOUR STORY. We believe in your story and use our crazy design skills and oozing
Urban Create Design Interiors
Urban Create specialise in high-end residential, corporate and retail interiors and have extensive knowledge and experience
Architects and Interior Designers specialising in bespoke residential and commercial design. With 30 years of experience
BHD Interiors
BHD Interiors is a Durban based interior design company specialising in upmarket residential interiors.  We offer a comprehensive
Harvey's Trading Co.
I am an Interior Stylist that celebrates how creatively different each of us are, by offering styled homes, offices and
Alexandrova living DECOR
Natalia Alexandrova is a multi-talented Russian speaking Ukrainian living in Durban South Africa. She has been involved
Studio Mitchell
Studio Mitchell is an interior design consultancy based on Southern Africa’s tropical east coast, home to London trained
Sophistique Interiors
We offer a full spectrum interior decorating service, from walls to floors, window treatments, furniture, soft furnishing
Just Interior Design
Just Interior Design, a full interior design studio offering turnkey design solutions in Cape Town and across South Africa
Carne Interiors
Carné Interiors is a well established and leading design company both locally and internationally with constant exposure
JSD Interiors
JSD Interiors is committed to the practice of design excellence. At JSD Interiors we pride ourselves on a high level of
Studio Do Cabo
Its not about ideas. Its about making ideas happen. If your space needs a facelift, you've come to the right place.  We

How do I look for interior designers and decorators in Durban?

Known for its exciting cuisine, tropical weather and rich cultural history, and more recently as the home of a few design house headquarters, Durban Kwazulu-Natal is fast becoming the design hot-spot of South Africa. And without exception, interior designers and decorators in Durban are establishing themselves as major players on the South African design stage. If you're looking for a qualified and experienced design professional who has a passion and appetite for innovative design, rest assured that there isn't shortage of those in Durban.

Taking on a home renovation can be intimidating at times. Most homeowners have a vision for their space but are often overwhelmed by the seemingly endless list of tasks to do before getting to their desired outcome. Other homeowners on the other hand, actually enjoy the thrill of marking off duties on their to-do list as they live out their dreams of being on a home makeover show.

Whether you require and interior designer to handle responsibilities like coordinating contractors, overseeing a build or submitting building plans to the city council, or, you need the eye of an interior decorator to cast the vision for your color scheme or pick out furniture and accessories for your space, hiring a design professional is always a good idea.   

How can I choose the right interior designer or decorator? 

Whether you opt to go with a Durban based interior designer to overhaul your space or an interior decorator to revive it, or hire a kitchen planner or a landscape architect there are a few things to bear in mind while courting candidates. Every partnership must begin with a candid and forthright conversation in order to align your visions.    

It might seem a little crass to lead with this but since much of the project's' success depends on establishing and sticking to a budget, you’ll need get over the awkwardness and tackle it head on. It’s important to have already determined what your budget for the project is and how much you are willing to go over, if at all. Thereafter enquire about their consultation fee, design fee, and what their fee structure is like – do they require 50% upfront and the balance on completion or do they prefer to receive payments as and when certain design elements are completed?

The next point to verify is if they have a service level agreement (SLA)? Not to be mistaken with a contract, an SLA is a standard agreement between you and the designer or decorator which sets clear limits to responsibilities and liabilities and provides indemnification of the service provider by the you against claims from vendors or contractors. An SLA also outlines the level of service that will be provided, for example, hours of availability, overtime charges etc. Having an SLA helps maintain the relationship between you and your design creative as the project rolls out.

How important is location and experience while choosing an interior designer?

Depending on their location or where they are based, you want to find out if the interior designers and architects operate in your area and if you live just outside of Durban, it’s crucial to your bottom line to find out if they are prepared to travel and how the cost for that travel will be billed.

While we all know a shiny resume doesn’t always guarantee a professional outcome, this question (apart from delivering crucial information about their background) gives the candidate a chance to talk about themselves and consequently, it also gives you an opportunity to read between the lines, get a gage on their personality and identify their work ethic.

While looking at a folder of beautiful images is useful, it’s valuable to also enquire about any current projects they are working on and whether you’d be able to do a site visit with them. This way you’re able to see them in their work element and judge if their productivity style is one you can work with. You could even go as far as chatting to homeowners or contractors to find out what it’s like working with that designer. If that isn’t possible, you can also ask for client references to help you make your decision.

Are they registered with the South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP)? 

While an interior decorator doesn’t need formal certification to work their magic in Durban, an interior designer is required by law to be registered with the SACAP. Note that this certification applies not only to architects and contractors, but since it’s legislation in 2006, any professionals providing architectural services of any kind are mandated to be registered. So, if you’re planning to add on an extra room, knock down a kitchen wall or convert your attic into an en suite, this certification is essential.

There are many components associated with revamping a space – floor plans, renderings, shopping trips and styling to name a few. It’s critical to establish with whom these various responsibilities lie. Depending on how involved you want to be, it's useful to ask if the designer or decorator will be handling all aspects of the remodel or just some and if so, which ones.   

Having a clear understanding of expectations with regards to service provision is key to ensuring successful install. And it all starts with finding the right person for the job.

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