Interior Design

How much does hiring an interior designer cost?

and do you need one?

(5 min read) In this colorful age of the 30-minute home reveals and practical (and less practical) DIY internet tutorials, any average Joe might think they have what it takes to fabulously design and decorate their home. However, once you embark on that adventure, it is likely to become an adventure of self-discovery, because you will quickly find out that interior designers are here for a reason.

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Interior design is an art form in its own right. Image source: Link


So whether you’ve rolled the dice and now you need to fix the mess you’ve made, or you want a skillful and experienced interior designer with you from the start, you will need to check your valet. Filthy-rich often say that discussing the prices is in poor taste, but we don’t really care over here, because we’re not filthy rich. Not financially anyway. We’re rich with talent, witty banter, and knowledge, and that won’t stop us from spilling the beans when it comes to interior designer fees. 

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Interior design fees can vary, so it is important to understand before you choose. Image source: Link.  


First of all, every interior designer takes different things into consideration when creating their fee, and that’s what you need to do as well. Some designers tend to charge a commission percentage of the total cost, while others take into account the size of the project. Some designers charge hourly rates, while others have a flat rate. As a potential client, you should be informed of all those variables before you start looking for an interior designer that will meet your preferences. 

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If your design requirements include architectural features the price will be significantly higher. Image source: Link.  


Your job

Choose your style

This doesn’t mean you have to go for one particular style. Chase two or three, but make sure you’ve narrowed it down before you decide to present them t your designer. The more decisive you are the less time you’ll waste, and time is money. So hit some interior design quizzes, consult your Pinterest board, and check your phone gallery. 

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Bold colors can be tricky to work with if you are not a professional. Image source: Link.  


Establish your needs

There are always some things that MUST be incorporated into your interior. For example, you work from home, so your space has to include a desk and a chair, or you’re a fitness buff, so a workout area with all of your gear must be included. It is important to establish these necessities beforehand because that can considerably lower your expenses. 

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Let your designer know if you have a particular need, such as a work desk or a workout area. Image source: Link.  


Determine your budget

The budget that you provide is what ultimately drives the project forward, so it is of utmost significance for you to know your budget. So starts making lists and writing down prices. start with the necessary things and branch out from there. make sure to leave some wiggle room for some unexpected costs. You never know when you’ll need a repair or two, how hefty the shipping costs can get, and what amazing piece of decor you’ll fall in love with. 

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Determining your budget upfront will save you a lot of headaches. Image source: Link.  


Average costs

Now that you’ve determined all f the above it is time to browse some realistic interior design costs. The usual interior designer cost goes from $2,000 up to $12,000, without the furniture. On that note, many interior designers will charge you an hourly rate between $50 and $500. If there are no architectural needs, some interior designers will opt t charge you a flat fee that will usually include all of the revisions needed before the project is finished.

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Don’t be shy, let your designer know about the trends you like. Image source: Link.  


Some interior designers charge a monthly fee which is paid upfront each month before the job is completed. Some determine their price based n the square footage of the space. This particular way of pricing structure is usually reserved for large spaces, such as commercial or hospitality projects. Often used type of pricing is also commission. That basically means that your designer will buy everything your space needs at a discount, and then charge you the full retail price, taking the difference as their fee. The last and rarely used way of pricing is through percentages. That means that the designer’s price is calculated by multiplying the percentage of the total cost.

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Your space should have your personal stamp. Image source: Link.  


How can you save money?

Well, you can always take the obvious route and try doing everything by yourself, but if you wanted to do that you probably wouldn’t be reading this article. Fortunately for you, we have another less drastic solution. You can always employ the services of an online interior designer and save literally thousands of dollars. Online interior design services can cost anywhere from $70 to $2000, with the fees being typically flat. There is a variety of online interior design services, make sure to visit forums and read the reviews before you choose one.

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Save money by hiring online. Image source: Link.  


So there you go! We hope our extensive analysis helped. Whichever route you decide to take when it comes to your interior design, make sure it has your own personal stamp. Try not to lose yourself in trends, prices, and other people’s opinions. It’s the interior designer’s job to make your space look stylish and awe-inspiring, but your individuality should always be woven into it and easy to spot. 

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How much does hiring an interior designer really cost and do you need one?

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How much does hiring an interior designer really cost and do you need one?

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How much does hiring an interior designer really cost and do you need one?

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How much does hiring an interior designer really cost and do you need one?


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35 Comments

  1. Ella English
    April 2, 2023 at 9:51 am

    I would love to hire an interior designer to decorate my house. That would be so much fun.

  2. Reem
    April 2, 2023 at 2:59 pm

    I found the article on hiring an interior designer super informative and helpful. It’s great to have a breakdown of the costs involved in such a service. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Michael
    April 2, 2023 at 9:33 pm

    thanks for giving us some idea. really curious too regarding this topic hehe

  4. Vasu Devan
    April 3, 2023 at 1:13 am

    Loved reading this article. Budget is so important here as there is no upper limit and one can easily lose track.

  5. Lavanda MIchelle
    April 3, 2023 at 8:21 am

    Your insights have been immensely helpful in providing a comprehensive understanding of the different factors that influence the fees charged by interior designers. The details you provided about the different fee structures adopted by interior designers, including commission percentage, hourly rates, flat rates, monthly fees, and percentage of the total cost, were particularly informative.

  6. Mo Rez
    April 3, 2023 at 8:42 am

    It is such a sensitive topic and it is a pain to find the one who works best for you and your family as well as your budget. Wonderful points here!

  7. Mrs. Westbury
    April 4, 2023 at 3:19 am

    I think if you’ve got a lot of space to design and you have the money an interior designer could be a great idea. I know we’d love to have one to help guide us with our ideas x

  8. Rosey
    April 4, 2023 at 5:13 am

    To me the cost is worth it. Especially if you are not talented in the creative department, which I am not, in the decorating sense.

  9. Marie Cris Angeles
    April 4, 2023 at 5:49 am

    Thanks for sharing all this information with us. It’s so helpful, I will save this for the future.

  10. Lisa
    April 4, 2023 at 7:54 am

    I’ve never hired an interior designed so this was interesting to read. I’ll keep it in mind if I need one in the future.

  11. Beth
    April 4, 2023 at 9:07 am

    I love the benefits of hiring an interior designer but I know it can also cost a lot of money.

  12. Rick Crew
    April 4, 2023 at 10:33 am

    I am a big fan of interior design, so I like to try and figure out styles on my own. It would however be amazing to hire one!

  13. Melanie williams
    April 4, 2023 at 12:23 pm

    Ooo now this is exactly what we need. Someone to come along and put all our ideas together and make out house work for us x

  14. Tammy
    April 4, 2023 at 12:43 pm

    Oh goodness it’s quite expensive! I think if you’re feeling overwhelmed or don’t know much about decor it’s something to look into. I’ve always love interior design and art…I love collecting ideas on Pinterest and magazines too. Great info on the topic.

  15. Paula Richie
    April 4, 2023 at 12:43 pm

    I like that, “we’re rich with talent, witty banter, and knowledge, and that won’t stop us from spilling the beans when it comes to interior designer fees.”.

  16. Mayra
    April 4, 2023 at 2:21 pm

    It would be nice to have an interior designer for a few of my rooms. Just don’t have time to do it myself.

  17. Jupiter Hadley
    April 4, 2023 at 3:57 pm

    Hiring an interior designer can really help bright life to a space. I once had an online consultation with a designer who told me what color walls to paint my house to better match my fruniture and vibe I was going for!

  18. Victoria Prasad
    April 4, 2023 at 4:42 pm

    Fantastic article! Interior designers are definitely talented. I think for me, I find budget always the limiting factor.

  19. Melissa Cushing
    April 5, 2023 at 8:48 am

    I would never need an Interior Designer…. I can. do it all myself….. it is really about having the money to buy whatever you need in your space. If I had an unlimited checkbook… my home would be decked out exactly the way I want it and it would be perfection but I know people love using and need the help of an interior designer. Some of the spaces I see on the designer shows are spectacular and they create stunning spaces for people to enjoy in their homes.

  20. Mona
    April 5, 2023 at 2:54 pm

    This is very much detailed. Thanks for sharing the approx costs too.

  21. Marie Cris Angeles
    April 6, 2023 at 11:00 am

    Thanks for the ideas, very helpful and informative. I will save this for the future.

  22. Whitney Stewart
    April 6, 2023 at 1:52 pm

    I haven’t thought about hiring an interior designer myself. But this gives a very good insight on not only prices, but what you want in an interior designer in general. Thanks so much for sharing!

  23. Diana
    April 6, 2023 at 4:21 pm

    I would love to have a designer to design my rooms. All is about how much I am willing to dish out for it. Great post!

  24. Beth
    April 6, 2023 at 7:02 pm

    It can be costly to hire an interior designer but the results are pretty amazing and worth it.

  25. Jane Scarlett
    April 7, 2023 at 7:55 am

    Thank you for your insight. I have always wondered if having the skill of a professional interior designer would help improve our living space

  26. Amber
    April 7, 2023 at 7:48 pm

    I have always wanted to hire an interior designer but just assumed they were outrageous. This was a helpful article.

  27. Tim
    April 8, 2023 at 1:58 am

    Having an interior designer is a must if you can afford it, their expertise and talent is so crucial especially in maximising the space and making it special

  28. Indu
    April 8, 2023 at 7:10 am

    Hiring an interior designer should be considered as a good investment in making over a space. They can transform the space.

  29. adriana
    April 8, 2023 at 12:06 pm

    It’s definitely a cost but it seems like it’s always worth it – less of a headache too! Thanks for sharing!

  30. Angie
    April 8, 2023 at 3:06 pm

    Wow, this article on interior designer costs is incredibly informative! It breaks down the different factors that affect pricing and provides examples for better understanding.

  31. Elizabeth Williams
    April 8, 2023 at 3:37 pm

    These are some really useful tips and information about hiring an interior designer. I’d love to hire one an interior designer.

  32. Zab Zaria
    April 9, 2023 at 5:40 am

    I am glad to know about it! Thank you so much for sharing!

  33. Zab Zaria
    April 9, 2023 at 6:02 am

    I have never heard about anything like this before! It was helpful to have the information you provided. Your sharing of it is greatly appreciated.

  34. LavandaMIchelle
    April 9, 2023 at 8:06 am

    Thank you for providing insightful information about hiring an interior designer and their associated costs. Your article highlights the importance of understanding various factors that affect interior designer fees and provides practical tips for clients to reduce their expenses.

  35. Jenny
    April 11, 2023 at 5:10 am

    We would love to hire an interior designer to help re-design our living room space. I think it would be worth the investment.