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Interior Design Costs
While it is certainly possible to design and decorate the interior of your home alone, having the input of a professional decorator or interior design expert can be incredibly helpful. These professionals can help you narrow down a color scheme, buy furniture that fits your style and craft a cohesive theme that flows effortlessly throughout the home. Of course, most homeowners are concerned with the costs of an interior designer. Let this guide help break down some of the most common services as well as what they cost to help you budget for this professional design assistance.
Select Your Interior Design Project
Initial Meetings and Consultations
Before interior designers or decorators can get started on your home or give you a clear picture of costs, they typically meet with clients face to face. The price for this service varies from one firm to the next, but many interior designers offer a free initial consultation. This is your chance to ask questions, get ideas and decide how to go about the entire process. If there is a fee attached, expect it to be roughly $50 for a 30-minute meeting.
Designer Discount Fees
Some designers, especially those who work with large firms and have thousands of contacts within a city, operate by charging designer discount fees. This means that the designers get discounts on services and goods, but they charge you full price. You, as the client, are not then expected to pay a designer fee. As long as you are comfortable with the prices given initially for things like carpets, textiles, paints and plumbing services, this can work out well and potentially even save you money. Your costs will only be for materials and labor, but there will be no extra fee for the interior designer.
Whole-Room or Home Design Costs
Another way to pay for an interior decorator is to pay for a full home or room decoration. You will start by giving your ideas and pointing out what design aesthetics you like most, and they will handle all of the buying and overseeing of labor. On average, homeowners pay between $5,327 to $8,343 for these extensive design services.
Hourly Rates For Shopping or Advice
Many homeowners want the expert advice of an interior decorator, but they would prefer to handle a lot of the work themselves in order to save money. In that case, it is possible to pay hourly rates for advice, opinions or suggestions when you need it most. You can meet in the designer's office, or they can come straight to your home for a set number of hours. Expect to pay upwards of $70 per hour for this service.
Interior designers can do everything from pick out the perfect color for your living room to recommend countertop materials in your budget. Understanding the costs can help you decide which services are best for your home.
Last updated on Nov 15, 2013