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How to Choose? Interior Design Company VS Renovation Company

If you've just acquired a property or are currently living in an older building looking to renovate, you might be grappling with the decision of which company to hire for the task. Renovation companies might be more cost-effective, but can they deliver the desired results? On the other hand, while the designs from interior design companies look incredibly appealing, is the premium worth the cost?

Decoland breaks down the differences between the two and provides insights on how to choose the best fit for you!

Renovation Companies

Renovation companies act as executors in a construction project. They have the technical know-how and experience. Once they grasp the client's ideas, they complete the task based on the provided references and requirements without giving much advice, especially on aesthetics. Their main concern is practical feasibility, which directly impacts their workload.

For minor renovations like repainting, updating cabinets, flooring, or custom furniture needs, a renovation contractor might be more direct and convenient. Some renovation companies even offer basic design services, based on their past experiences. These designs tend to be more standardized, without extensive customization. Clients usually need to oversee the work progression.

Interior Design Companies

Interior design companies act as planners and managers of a project. They possess professional interior design knowledge and experience. They offer expertise on spatial planning, style, functionality, lighting, color selection, and stay abreast of current design trends. They provide comprehensive design blueprints, handle hardware installations, and manage plumbing and electrical requirements.

Before the renovation, they understand the overall space and homeowners' lifestyles, preferences, and needs. They then offer professional advice and deliver all necessary designs and blueprints. The subsequent construction is supervised by the designer, ensuring fidelity to the design.

How to Choose Between the Two?

Both renovation and interior design companies have distinct features. Your decision will hinge on your specific situation and needs.

  • For homeowners with a tighter budget, who possess a basic concept of design, and have some knowledge about the renovation process and materials, a renovation company might be a better choice. Especially if you don't plan on a complete spatial redesign. However, you'll need to spend time gathering design references, monitoring the renovation, and possibly even sketching your design. It's crucial to communicate well throughout the process.

  • If you have a more generous budget, desire a full-home redesign, have high standards for living and interior design, or lack the time and knowledge about the renovation process, then an interior design company is the optimal choice. The designer will tailor everything based on your preferences, requirements, and budget. They'll also handle material coordination, spatial utility, and post-move-in habits. Though pricier, investing in interior design can enhance your overall living experience, making it a valuable long-term investment.

Regardless of your choice, open communication is vital. Always voice your concerns or questions and maintain trust and mutual respect to ensure a smooth renovation process.


For many, renovation isn't an easy task. Aside from cost considerations, the process can be quite vexing for homeowners. That's where DECOLAND comes in with its all-in-one service approach. Whether it's finding the right renovation team, designers, getting accurate quotes, or managing the project, DECOLAND is here to support.

DECOLAND is here to help you solve all your renovation worries effortlessly!

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