Choosing the right furniture and accessories for your home can seem like a daunting task. Chances are you’re spending hundreds – or thousands – of dollars decorating your home, so it’s wise to consult a design expert who can point you in the right direction.
Luckily, there are a number of online setup services that can make the process more convenient than ever. You can work with a professional interior designer without leaving your home. These companies offer flexible packages that can be personalized based on your needs, budget, and schedule. But with so many interior design services online, how do you decide which ones to use?
We tapped into some real clients to learn more about their first-hand experience with a virtual design service. From websites offering home style quizzes to services that connect you with famous interior designers, here are five of the best online interior design companies out there.
Like many online design websites, Havenly offers a style quiz to narrow down your interior design preferences. After taking the quiz, you can choose a talented interior designer to work with.
“Havenly has made the interior design process accessible, affordable and flexible,” says Havenly’s client Monica Akanmu-Williamswho worked with the designer Toussaint Derby. “I didn’t have to go back and forth negotiating prices or meeting with different people, which reduced the anxiety and time involved in the entire design process.”
After the room’s design was rendered, Akanmu-Williams received a shopping list of items.
“As a wife and working mother of twins, using an online home decorating service gave me the flexibility to get high-end designs and products that were on my time and at an affordable price,” she says.
The company offers two virtual design packages: Havenly Mini ($99, now on sale for $79) and Havenly Full ($179, now on sale for $129). Each pack includes your own Havenly designer, three initial design ideas, multiple iterations, and a final design concept with shopping list. The Havenly Full option includes 3D renderings of your designed space and a custom floor plan.
customer Mike Cleveland and his wife chose Decorilla when they needed help decorating their newly built beach house.
“Decorilla designed exactly what we had in mind and worked with our client to implement a few design concepts,” he says.
You’ll start with a quiz on your style inspiration, then be asked about the rooms you need help with, your zip code and budget. You can also write what specific services you want from your Decorilla designer. After this has been submitted, select your package.
Decorilla offers three pricing tiers: Bronze (starting at $549 for working with an experienced designer), Silver (starting at $649 for working with a more experienced designer) and Gold (starting at $849 for collaborating with an industry-leading designer). Pricing is also determined by the type of room you are targeting. For example, designing a kitchen is more expensive than designing a hallway/entrance.
For each package, two designers submit concepts and you choose the one you want to work with. If you prefer, interior designers are also available by the hour. Expect 3D renderings, a floor plan with furniture placement, a shopping list (with discounts), color palettes, and implementation tips.
Cleveland says he’s happy with the process and would recommend Decorilla to others who just want to decorate their homes.
“We’ve been staying in our beach house for a year now and you wouldn’t believe the number of compliments we’ve received on the decor,” he says.
Denise CruzMarketing Director and Editor-in-Chief at Wander Her Way, turned to Modsy to help modernize a bedroom.
“I wanted to give it a new look and I couldn’t decide which direction to take it in,” says Cruz. “So I decided to try Modsy’s paid service, which allowed me to upload my floor plan and dimensions.”
After uploading pictures of her space and taking a style quiz, Cruz was paired with a designer who shared an interactive 3D design of the space with layout ideas and furniture placement.
Cruz loved how she could see pieces of furniture in the model.
“Using the service gave me a lot of freedom to try things without spending a lot of money,” she adds.
Modsy offers three package options: Premium ($179 per room), which is best for simple projects; Multiroom (from $299), ideal for larger projects that span multiple rooms; and Luxe ($499 per room), which is perfect for complex projects that require a higher level of support and assistance. Each pack includes 3D designs of the room, unlimited design revisions, and a shopping list with exclusive discounts.
Catherine Krell turned to Decorist when she needed help designing some key rooms in her new home.
“I was matched with an interior designer from Decorist who, after answering a series of questions, immediately understood my style,” says Krell. “They worked wonders with their definitive recommendations, all of which were within my budget.”
Decorist offers three packages: Classic Room Design ($299) with a talented designer; Elite Room Design ($599) with a more experienced designer; and Celebrity Room Design ($1,299) featuring an exclusive, well-known designer. Each package includes two initial design concepts, a final room design, a floor plan with installation instructions, a personalized online shopping list, and a personal design contact to help you every step of the way.
5. The expert
The Expert connects clients with world-class interior designers, some with celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow and beyonce. But it’s a different type of design service than what we’ve covered above.
The Expert allows you to browse a designer’s availability calendar to book a one-to-one video consultation. During the consultation, you can ask your expert any interior design questions about rooms that you need help with. This can include questions about the floor plan, layout, lighting, color choices, and more.
Consultations vary in price; Some designers offer mini consultations, but most standard consultations start at $500 and can go up to $2,500 for 55 minutes.