How great would life be if everyone had an interior designer as a best friend? You'd trust her taste and, of course, get her services for cheaper than the average rate. The bad news is that may never happen, but the great news is we've found the next best thing: sites that serve as virtual decorators. Ahead, check out six interior design services that offer advice, product suggestions, and more insights for those of us on a budget. You'll want to tell all your (nondesigner) friends about them ASAP.
Whether you just need help picking out the right rug or you want to completely make over a bedroom, Decorist makes the process easier. Experienced designers are on hand to answer simple questions over email for free or through a paid package. For $199, for example, you get a Decorist Makeover, which includes two design boards with shopping lists and recommendations based off a questionnaire and any photos you send in.
Think of Designer at Home as part design studio, part DIY resource. You measure your room, take photos of the space, and answer a questionnaire related to your style and budget. The team then uses that information to come up with a plan for your space. After a short time, you get a package in the mail containing a personally designed room, including blueprints for furniture arrangements and suggested items like couches, lamps, and pillows that you buy online.
Decorator in a Box is just what it sounds like. Started by an interior designer, the company offers services based on need or room type and sends you a box filled with items to help you get the look you want. For instance, for $50 you get paint color selections based on your preferences; for $550, you receive a box for the bedroom that comes with a note from the designer, instructions on how to begin the design process, a color reference board, a design book with a hand-drawn space plan, and a detailed shopping list for your space plan. Anything missing?
BluGloss is uncomplicated, and we mean that in a good way. All you do is browse existing photos of styled rooms (you can search by filters like celebrity bedrooms and designer-styled living rooms), select which one you like best, and then automatically shop curated products that match the room's decor. It's like magic in three clicks of the mouse.
Once you meet the interior design team behind Havenly, you'll know that you're in good hands. First you describe your place, your taste, and your budget; then the decorators put together design proposals, renderings, and product suggestions from major retailers and exclusive brands. After that, someone purchases the products and coordinates delivery for you — all for a flat service fee of $185. Steal!
What's unique about Homepolish is that your decorating journey starts online, but the company offers in-home visits and consultations for $50. You have to live in one of the country's major cities (NYC, LA, SF, Chicago, DC, or Boston) to reap the services, but once you click with a designer, you can purchase time by the hour. Packages start at $500 and employees will take care of all of your design needs, from gut renovation to accessorizing.