7 Online Interior Designers To Make Your Home Special (on a Budget!)
Although at the moment, I am unemployed and living the enviable yet unsustainable lifestyle of a traveler, my last job was as an assistant for an Interior Design team. My mom and I completed an Interior Design diploma program a few years ago. True to the typical INFP career trajectory, I have always felt a little lost professionally. But, I hope I'm able to use what I learned in the program and at my last job in my career moving forward.
There are a whole bunch of sites that offer interior design services. Some are flat-fee, some hourly, some are newer start-ups and some are independent designers offering e-design options. Packages range from simple (choosing paint, accessorizing) to full room re-design with buying options. Just like seemingly every other industry, ID is growing with the internet. You can hire a designer and never have to put on pants!
Online Interior e-Designers
Havenly is a flat-fee design service that let's you choose an Interior Designer and is done entirely online. They use a design survey to determine your style before you choose your designer. They offer two-tier pricing:
- Havenly Mini: $79/room for a small refresh, which includes two custom concept boards, personalized product suggestions, and complimentary buying service
- Havenly: $199/room for the complete design experience, which includes the Mini as well as additional revision time with your designer and room placement visualization plus $50 towards your furniture
Laurel & Wolf
After a survey, Laurel & Wolf designers offer a few First Look options for you to choose the look and designer with whom you would like to work. They have a robust communications platform to easily communicate one-on-one with your designer. After you've received your final look, you can opt-in to their Buy For Me service. Laurel & Wolf also offers a custom design for projects of different scopes along with their flat-fee pricing options. Their pricing structure ranges from $299 Classic to $899 large Commercial jobs, with packages in between.
Decorist is another flat-fee edesign site that gives the option of choosing your designer or being matched. After uploading photos and relaying your likes and dislikes, you get initial concepts and work with your designer to fine tune your room. Decorist also offers a complimentary Order For Me option. Their pricing is based on three tiers of designer experience:
- Classic $299/room, which includes two initial concept boards, final room design and furniture layout, personalized shopping list, designer messaging, and purchasing service
- Elite $599/room, which adds to the Classic a designer with 5+ years experience and a personal design assistant
- Celebrity $1299/room, which adds to the Classic VIP access to published designers, additional layout option, personal design assistant, and 30 minute call with design assistant
Homepolish does not use the flat-fee pricing structure of many of it's competitors. Instead of offering only online services, they also have in-home or video consultations available in participating areas. Homepolish designers are hired on an hourly basis: $349 for three hours for your interior design project (finishing touches, choosing paint colors, accessorizing, furniture layout consultation, etc.) or $130/hour for a minimum of 10 hours for a complete design package.
McGrath II E-Design Services
If you would prefer the more personal interaction of a small business, the mother-daughter team at McGrath II offer a simple e-design program. After entering dimensions of your space and filling out a style questionaire, the McGrath team will deliver a design concept with furniture plan and shopping list within 4 weeks. Pricing begins at $750.
Elle T. Interior Design e-Design
Elle T. is another small operation that offers e-services for virtual design options. Through email, Elle T. designers create a step-by-step plan for creating a professionally designed space to reflect your individual style, space, and budget. E-Design pricing begins at $300.
Birdhouse Interior Design
Birdhouse is a small team of Interior Designers based in Omaha, Nebraska. They have a great modern eclectic style. Birdhouse offers a range of e-design packages as well as their Omaha-area in-home consulting. Their online packages begin at $600.
Emily Henderson E-Design Services
Saving the best and most expensive for last! Emily Henderson writes one of my favorite blogs to follow. She is a former HGTV Design Star winner and a popular office designer for young companies like Ban.Do and Oh Joy! She has a range of packages to choose from for her services including Full Service, Weekend Styling, and E-Design. Hers will be the most expensive on this list - starting at $2,000.