How Much Does it Cost to Hire an Interior Decorator or Designer?

Hire an Interior Decorator or Designer Costs
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$1,879 - $8,428
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If you decide to hire a professional for decorating your house, make sure you understand what services you need. An interior decorator specializes in finding the right furnishings for your home, while an interior designer focuses more on the planning and functionality of furnishing a room. What also sets them apart is their knowledge. Decorators know about color swatches, furniture resources and creating your ideal room. Designers, on the other hand, take into consideration additional features like acoustics, lighting, temperature and so forth. Depending on what you want for your home, be sure to choose the design professional who matches your needs.


No one likes sticking to a budget, but you need to have one. Agree on one ahead of time and make sure they stick to it. Research more than one in the area to see what their prices are. You don't want an interior designer or decorator who far exceeds your furnishings budget with their ideas rather than yours. Most homeowners report spending between $1,879 and $8,428 on home decorating and home designing services.

Mistakes that could cost you money

Not researching your designer and checking them out thoroughly could put you in a bad situation. Be sure to verify their qualifications and previous work. Be clear about your expectations and have an understanding of what you want. Also having a proper contract or letter of agreement will make the difference in how your room turns out, either according to your wants or theirs.
Watch out for decorators who offer free services. These can actually be a manufacturer's representative that pushes certain products. Besides narrowing your options, you may pay more in the long run. A flat-fee decorator might look like a great bargain on the outset, but make sure that this person won't insist on acting as your exclusive buying agent. They may steer you toward products that are marked up or for which they get a commission. Always check prices you get from your decorator against retail.
Hiring an hourly professional might sound more expensive, but the per-hour arrangement lets you dissolve your relationship at any time and gives you more freedom and control. With a flat-fee decorator, you pay for the entire job, even if you part ways early on. A decorator might charge you to shop for samples (paint chips, plumbing fixtures, fabric samples, carpet squares) or do research. Keep that in mind when getting your bids.


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