Home is not a place but a feeling, that’s why you have to consider redesigning your home interior. As they say, “Life takes you to unexpected places. Love brings you home.” Imagine if your interior is stopping you from loving your home, what will bring you back?

I will take you on a journey from choosing your style, the designer, to the execution of your home interior design and decor. This will be done through the help of the Rafeeg App, which was created to enhance the homeowner’s experience.

What is Rafeeg App?

Rafeeg is an online marketplace that connects homeowners with trusted interior designers in the UAE. It provides homeowners with the following:

  • Connect with the trusted designers
  • Tendering system, so you receive offers from different designers.
  • Review the designer’s client feedback.
  • Browse the designer work portfolio.
  • Customer service to look after you.
  • No commitment towards the app, or designers
  • It is free!

Download the app, and start your interior designing journey with Rafeeg!

Before going through the journey, it is essential to know that you have to invest some time and effort to get the desired outcome. Even if you have the best designer or contractor — or even a project manager — working for you, you may still not get what you want.  The key is to be patient. Read the following tips carefully and take notes.

Step 1: Designing

Mistake to Avoid

People start executing their interior design without having any plan our drawings, they only have ideas and photos from the internet to share with the contractors. The contractors will complete the project based on their style and experience, so in most cases, you will end up dissatisfied with the results!

Identify your style

However, before you select the designer, you have to identify your own style, because you won’t get the precise result if you and your designer have contrasting tastes. Let’s say your style is modern, but the designer has a bias for the classic!

Here’s what you can do: Use this tool to find your interior style.  Search for “find your interior style quiz” on Google and take the quiz.

What is your budget?

You must know how much you are willing to pay for the project. Please note the budget is not only for the designing and executing fees, but also for buying the furniture, and accessories. This fact should be crystal clear to you, and you may choose to hide it from the designer, but make sure you calculate the numbers in your head accurately.

Many homeowners fail to complete the project because all the money went to designing.  And, what’s worse is that the designer may not have taken into consideration their budget, so he/she might’ve picked an expensive finish, which costs homeowners an expense they can’t afford.

Finding the designer

There are tons of ways to find a designer, Rafeeg app is one of them.  You can use the app to find the most trusted designer! However, what’s important is to be able to filter out and select the right one for your project.

Work Portfolio

First, you have to filter out the designers based on their work portfolio.  After you identify your style, look at the designers’ portfolio and see if they have experience in doing the interior design that fits your style! Then, observe their completed projects as well and try to determine if they match your desired interior — 80% of designers are subject to their design biases, and it’s hard to change that.

Customer Reviews

Second, you need to check the customers’ reviews, because the quality is of major importance, and no one can give you genuine feedback more than the existing customers. Rafeeg app can help you with this, as we publish the customer reviews for everyone to see.

Discussion

Third, after doing the first two steps, you will most likely end up with 3 to 5 designers to mull over. Meet all those designers and have a discussion with them about your aimed interior and budget — don’t forget to lend them an ear! You will be able to spot the right designer for you by the info and explanation they give.

Legal Contract

Last, you need to protect your rights by signing a contract with the designer will all the agreed details, don’t miss any key information because this is a reference for both parties.  Also, make sure that there’s no misunderstanding or miscommunication between you and the designer, and keep a legal reference close by in case any conflict arises with the designing.

Step 2: Executing

Bid Process

When it comes to choosing the contractor to execute the design, check first with the designer if they recommend one, and at the same time, search for one from the market or with the Rafeeg App.

Learning from the big firms, they do tender, and select the winner after evaluating the received offers.  In your case, you must remember that each bid you receive may not fully replicate the results you want.  So, it’s crucial to have an ongoing conversation with each contractor about your design.  Determine how everything is priced (from flooring to light fixtures) and check if there are other selections and if it fits your budget.

To select the best contractor with the most reasonable bid to do the job, you can evaluate them using some criteria.  First, what you can do is to prepare your criteria for evaluation.  Then, assign a grade to each of them like a scale of 1 to 10 (10 if they exceed your expectations based on the criterion and 1 if they don’t).

Your sample criteria could be:

  • Experience of the firm
  • Capabilities
  • Amenability to Changes
  • Quality
  • Capacities

Example

Then, assess all the bids of the contractors.  For example, Contractor A’s bid is AED 250,000, while Contractor B has a bid of AED 275,000, and Contractor C bids AED 290,000.  You can sum up all the bids, and get the percentage from the total:

Total Amount = AED 815,000

  • Contractor A = 30.7%.
  • Contractor B = 33.7 %.
  • Contractor C = 35.6%.

And, finally, you will have a more mathematical way of comparing contractors.

Another example:

  • Contractor A = 78 quality score and 30.7% Average Benchmark
  • Contractor B = 79 quality score and 33.7% Average Benchmark
  • Contractor C = 55 quality score and 35.6% Average Benchmark

In the example above, Contractor C would probably be your last option because they score very low in quality and have a high average benchmark.

 Contract Review

Lastly, before finalizing a deal, be sure to review all that is stated in your contract as that will be your binding agreement for the completion of your project.  And, any party who breaches that agreement would be liable to the law.

 Some of the basic things you should be aware of in your contract:

All the furnishing requirements

It’s good to be as detailed and specific as possible.

The rate for the work done

How are you going to pay hourly, daily, or monthly?

Reimbursable Expenses

What are you going to be paying that is outside of the agreed price for the project.  Are you going to be paying for any miscellaneous fees related to the completion of your project?

Permits and Insurance

This is going to be on your side of things, so you have to make sure that before they commence the work that you have fully secured these requirements.

Due dates on Payments

You should also be aware of when it is time for you to pay as it may lead to a discontinuation of the work.

Interior Design and Decor Tips

Determine your style

Your home interior design and décor is a reflection of your personality, tastes and aesthetic preferences. These factors contribute towards adding a sense of comfort to your home –without it, you may feel like you are living in someone else’s space. As such, ensure that you have a good understanding of your likes and dislikes before you actually embark upon home interior design and décor projects.

Figure out what you don’t like

More often than not, people are able to identify and voice their dislikes much more easily than their likes. This is a characteristic that can be used to initiate a process of elimination. One by one, things that don’t fancy your interests are filtered out until you are left with a few satisfactory options.

Build around your space

You want your house to be balanced proportionately –ample furnishing to accommodate the entire family as well as appropriate breathing spaces in a few nook and corners. If this proportion is not maintained, your house could look clustered, untidy and suffocating. Similarly, a sparsely furnished house could be perceived as cold and uninviting.

Sample your paint

The only way you will be able to figure out which color suits which room is when you sample a few options on the wall. You will be able to factor in things such as lighting, furniture, floors and even setting.

Additionally, you should go through the psychological effects that colors have on people before you decide the color scheme of your house. Certain colors, like yellow and orange, are mood boosters whereas others are used to promote a state of relaxation –like blue and white.

Mix high and low price points

Just because something is designed by a famous personality, business or group does not mean that it will fit perfectly within your house. More often than not, extravagant interior décor items need to be matched with other low price ones so that they retain their luxury and are able to shine in their own light.

Start from the ground up

The sheer amount of planning that needs to be done for interior design is just as extensive as the actual work itself. The reason why is so that all additional features are taken into consideration –lighting, color scheme, furniture style, setting and decorative items, to mention a few.

In order to move systematically, the best approach would be to start with the floor. Once that is decided, the color of the room can be matched much more precisely, setting and space utilization can be visualized and factors like lighting and décor can be altered accordingly.

Interior Design and Décor References

Houzz is a platform through which your home interior design and décor needs can be fulfilled. Through their gallery, you will be able to seek inspiration and create your own project all the while incorporating some items from their online shop. By connecting you with local professionals, Houzz will ensure that your vision materializes.

Havenly facilitates one on one collaboration with an interior designer who aims to extract as much information out of you as possible so that the proposal they make is guaranteed to become a favorite. Promising maximize convenience, Havenly is the go to for those looking to sit back and relax while their redesign is underway.

Pinterest is one of the most popular websites on the internet. Majority of the people in the world resort to this platform to become acquainted with different designs and techniques. Through an endless gallery, users can review samples of completed interior redesigns and choose which one they think would work best for them.

Dwell is a hub for all design enthusiasts. Combining the skills, techniques and preferences of various architects and designers, a pool of information, ideas and design is created. Insider techniques like how to utilize space better, what color schemes complement each other and what trendy item is a must have are provided to help you design better.

Lonny, much like other platforms, aims to provide inspiration and spark creativity within the mind of its users. Through providing information of the newest home interior design and décor projects, it enhances your options and pushes you to try newer things. Take various home tours to determine which suits your style the best.

Interior Design Prices in the UAE

Interior redesign is a train that everybody wants to jump on at some point in their lives. There just comes a time when you are looking to spruce up your home by adding a new aesthetic. However, the one factor that limits such a desire is finances.

When you are considering giving your home interior design and décor an update, you can either go to freelance interior designers or established companies that have shops opened in the area. Both have their own qualities and benefits.

Freelance…

If you want to incorporate a new look at a cheaper rate, freelance interior designers are your go to, especially in the UAE. They will be able to work with you on a one-on-one basis, alter designs according to your tastes and provide you with focused information. The best part is that they take on the responsibilities of providing you options of color schemes, furniture, hangings and other décor –taking away all the stressful and tiring aspect out of interior design.

On an average freelance interior designer charge 20 AED per every square kilometer they work on.

Registered Shops…

For those looking to embark upon a more detailed project, going to an established, professional, company is the best bet. They will give you various ideas for the design of your interior and connect you with furniture, décor, paint and flooring retailers. It is an all-encompassing service that simply asks you of your vision and materializes it as best possible.

Despite the expert skills and unique techniques you may be getting access to, interior design companies are much more expensive than freelance interior designers. Their costs depend on factors like the base fee of the company, number of hours worked, size of the property, furniture bought and placed, paint jobs, floor finishing, type of design and techniques used, so on and so forth.

On an average, you can expect company facilitated home interior design and décor to be 110,000 AED for the entire property –give or take.

Conclusion

Whichever one you opt for depends on your financial abilities. However, home interior design and décor is a process that you should not shy away from. It is okay to treat yourself once in a blue moon. Know that whatever changes you make will last for a few decades at least.