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How Much Do Interior Design Services Cost?

There are countless reasons that you might be interested in hiring an interior designer or decorator. These skilled and creative professionals can upgrade a newly-purchased home to give it a fresh look, help you to decorate a newly-constructed home to give it a cozy and welcoming feel and even help stage a home before showing it to potential buyers. Before deciding to pay for the services of an interior designer, use this guide for a clear picture of the costs, how designers get paid and any related expenses.

National Hire an Interior Decorator or Designer Costs

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National Hire an Interior Decorator or Designer Costs
Average reported cost $4,465
Number of Cost Profiles 1473 cost profiles
Minimum reported cost $75
Maximum reported cost $14,000
Most homeowners spent between: $2,001 to $4,670

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Average Cost of Interior Design Services

Hiring an interior designer can be a serious investment, but many homeowners feel that the upfront expense is worth it in order to live in a beautiful and tastefully-decorated home. While many homeowners want to know exactly what it costs to enjoy interior design services, that number is difficult to pin down without knowing the quality of the designer and the square footage of the home. However, a fair estimate is to pay somewhere between the range of $3,407 and $5,143, which is the average price range for interior design services.

Hourly Costs of Interior Designers

There are two different ways to hire interior designers, and the most common is an hourly wage. This may incur prices of $50 or more per hour, but it allows the homeowner to end the agreement whenever they want to depending on their budget or their total satisfaction with the project. This is often considered to be the best option if you are working with a new designer, because it allows you to get a feel for their work slowly rather than spending a lot for a look you don't like.

Whole-Room or Whole-Home Prices

The second way to hire an interior decorator is by room or by home. You pay an agreed-upon price, give some suggestions and also give a deadline. The decorator then buys any necessary furniture or paints and decorates the space as determined by your consultations. While this is the more expensive route, it can produce cohesive and attractive results in the home.

Discount Deals For Interior Designers

Many designers make their salaries by charging customers full price for items that they buy at a designer discount. For many homeowners, this is an agreeable arrangement. While you will be paying full-price for furnishings and materials, you will be effectively getting the designer services at no cost.

Factors That Influence Total Cost

It should be no surprise that the biggest influence on the total costs of interior design services is the size of the home. In addition, interior design firms with connections and discounts with local vendors may be able to offer lower rates to customers.

Interior designers can be a great way to improve the look of your home, but their services do come at a cost.

Last updated on Mar 31, 2016

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