Contrary to popular belief, a beautiful renovation does not have to cost mountains of money. The reason a renovation looks great is because of how the elements, colours and products are put together – not because the individual components are expensive.

A design project’s success is often down to how the principles of design (focus, balance, cohesion, repetition) have been applied.

And the reason some renovations don’t turn out as planned is often due to ignorance of these principles, or a misunderstanding of “why” something looks good or bad.

A style that looks great in a TV-show bathroom or kitchen can look very different in your own home for a multitude of reasons – the shape of the room, or the lighting, or the architectural style of your property.

If you’re not well-versed in design principles, but you’re after a designer look, it pays to talk to someone qualified. Here are five ways a designer can help you get the very best out of your renovation.

Good design is about cohesion

An interior/exterior designer will ensure each space looks different to the next and beautiful in its own right. They will, however, also make sure each room has visual and physical coherence.

A designer is trained to think about the layout and functionality of space

A designer has a perception of space in their mind’s eye that most others don’t, and can visualise how the completed space will look and feel before it has materialised.

A designer has a knowledge of trends, but also what is less likely to date

Most people are aware of what’s in fashion, but the key is knowing how to create something modern and contemporary that won’t date. There’s a fine balance between a home that is on-trend right now and a contemporary design that will last 10 years or more.

A designer knows what things cost

The real reason most new renovators blow their budgets is because they underestimate the final cost.

One example is tiling. You might think working out the cost a simple case of calculating the square metres of tiles required, multiplied by the price of the tiles, plus the cost of labour. That’s a start, but other aspects need to be taken into account, for instance, floor prep and waterproofing. What you estimate as being a $700 or $800 job is probably more likely to be a $1500 to $2000 job.

To get the best result from your renovation, learn about the principles of design and implement them, or call a professional to help bring your ideas to life.