Choosing the right furniture and accessories for your home can seem like a big task. Chances are you’ll be spending hundreds—or thousands—of dollars to outfit your place, so it’s smart to consult with a design expert who can point you in the right direction.
Thankfully, there are a number of online interior design services that can make the process more convenient than ever. You can collaborate with a professional interior designer without leaving your home. These companies offer flexible packages, which can be personalized based on your needs, budget, and timeline. But with so many online interior design services out there, how do you decide which one to use?
We tapped a few real customers to learn about their firsthand experience using a virtual design service. From websites that offer home-style quizzes to services that connect you to celebrity interior decorators, here are five of the best online interior design companies out there.
Like many online design sites, Havenly offers a style quiz to help narrow down your decor preferences. After you take the quiz, you will get to select a talented interior designer to work with.
“Havenly made the interior design process approachable, affordable, and flexible,” says Havenly client Monica Akanmu-Williams, who worked with designer Toussaint Derby. “I didn’t have to go back and forth negotiating prices or meeting with various people, so that decreased the anxiety and time of the full design process.”
After the design of the room was rendered, Akanmu-Williams received a shopping list of items.
“For a wife and working mom of twin boys, using an online interior design service gave me the flexibility to get high-end designs and products 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 package comes with your own Havenly designer, three initial design ideas, multiple revisions, and a final design concept complete with a shopping list. The Havenly Full option includes 3D renderings of your designed space and a custom floorplan.
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 builder on implementing some of the design concepts,” he says.
To get started, you will be given a quiz about your style inspiration, then asked about the rooms you need help with, your ZIP code, and your budget. You will also get to write about which specific services you’d like from your Decorilla designer. After this is submitted, you will choose your package.
Decorilla offers three price tiers: Bronze (starting at $549 to work with an experienced designer), Silver (starting at $649 to work with a more experienced designer), and Gold (starting at $849 to work with an industry-leading designer). Pricing is also determined by the type of room you’re focusing on. For example, designing a kitchen is more expensive than designing a hallway/entry.
For each package, two designers submit concepts and you choose the one you’d like to work with. If you prefer, interior designers are also available by the hour. You can expect to get 3-D renderings, a floor plan with furniture placement, a shopping list (with discounts), color palettes, and tips on implementation.
Cleveland says he’s satisfied with the process and would recommend Decorilla to others looking to easily decorate their homes.
“We are now one year in residence at our beach home, and you would not believe how many compliments we’ve received on the decor,” he says.
Denise Cruz, director of marketing and chief editor at Wander Her Way, decided on Modsy to help upgrade a bedroom.
“I wanted to give it a new look and couldn’t decide which direction to take it in,” Cruz says. “So I decided to try the paid service from Modsy, which allowed me to upload my floor plan and dimensions.”
After uploading images of her space and taking a style quiz, Cruz was matched with a designer who shared an interactive 3D design of the space, complete with layout ideas and furniture placement.
Cruz loved how she was able to see furniture pieces in the mockup.
“Using the service gave me a lot of freedom to try things out without spending a lot of money,” she adds.
Modsy offers three package options: Premium ($179 per room), which is best for simple projects; Multiroom (starting at $299), which is 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 package 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 with designing a few important rooms in her new home.
“I was matched with a Decorist interior designer who immediately understood my style after answering a series of questions,” Krell says. “They worked miracles with their final recommendations, which were all 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) with an exclusive, household-name designer. Each package comes with two initial design concepts, a final room design, a floor plan with installation instructions, a personalized online shopping list, and a personal design liaison who helps you every step of the way.
5. The Expert
The Expert connects customers with top-tier interior designers, some of whom have worked with celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Beyoncé. But it’s a different kind of design service than the ones we covered above.
The Expert allows you to browse a designer’s availability calendar to book a one-on-one video consultation. During the consultation, you can ask your expert any interior design questions about spaces you want help with. This could include questions about the floor plan, layout, lighting, color selection, 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.