Nowadays, most apartments come furnished so that people can move in immediately. Yet, not all of them have maximised the use of space and might even lack a unique style. If you plan to reinvent your home, follow our guide for top interior design tips and learn everything you need to know about furnishing a new apartment, from the required budget and process to things to consider.
Renovating a new apartment in Hong Kong can cost you HKD 1,000 per square foot or more, and it can go far beyond this price range if you are hiring an interior designer to transform and furnish your flat. One good thing about purchasing a new property is that they are often fully furnished and move-in ready without incurring huge renovation costs as resale flats do. However, if you want to refresh the interior design, you'll likely need to adjust your budget to cover these extra costs.
Establishing a realistic budget before furnishing your apartment is another tip for first homeowners. Communicate clearly with your interior designer about your budget, timeline, expectations for design styles and furniture quality, and special requests so that designers can plan the furnishing project thoroughly without disappointing you. No doubt, prices vary widely with various interior styles. If your budget is limited, ask your designer to propose designs that fit your requirements and budget. Note that the above cost estimates can only be used as a reference since every furnishing project is unique.
After communicating with your interior designer and completing the design drawings, you can kick-start your home furnishing. While the designer will supervise the progress of your whole project, you should also step up to understand the work arrangement and process of the reinvention, like demolition, installing new piping and cable ducts, etc.
Avoid proposing major changes in your interior design afterwards, which may lead to reorienting certain layouts, demolition and rebuilding to fit in your new apartment design, incurring huge costs and ruining your budget. Inform your designer of any changes you have in mind as early as possible in order to avoid over-budgeting or prolonging the furnishing process.
Each person has their own personal preferences and needs for the ideal interior design. When furnishing a new apartment, it is important to understand everyone's expectations for the design style, furniture materials, mood and ambience, and so on. This helps your designer incorporate various elements into an impeccable home design that speaks to your needs and desired aesthetics.
Take an extra step to think about your future needs when you are refreshing your apartment interior. Are you planning on having children? If so, you may consider reserving some space for them. As children grow up very quickly, you may also want to consider how to accommodate their evolving needs down the road when devising a new home design. Some families will not reinvent their apartments again until a decade later. It is recommended that they opt for interiors that can be re-styled easily through changing furnishings to add a modern appeal.
As an award-winning interior design company in Hong Kong, inT Design boasts a team of designers and consultants to provide you with personalised design services, envisaging an ideal home interior tailored to personal styles and needs. Get in touch with us to transform your new apartment into a cosy and stylish space for unwinding and spending quality time with family and friends. We are more than happy to hear about your design ideas.