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

Hire an Interior Decorator or Designer Costs
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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 $1,839 and $8,842 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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ANN SHEEKY 12 months ago
i found the best cost overall was with a construction co. i had  several proposals and

Vicki Flores More than 1 year ago
An Interior Designer has skills that are important in any project.Their fees should be included into the budget just like the general contractor or electrician. Any remodel can be overwhelming. A trusted professional interior designer helping guide you through the process can be a budget saver.

Teresa Elley More than 1 year ago
I need idea's. And opinions from the designer.not ready at this time.
Cindy Hopkins 4 months ago
The architect cost more than I expected but he was really flexible about sharing his ideas and explaining what ideas were legal and whaata I had to change, and giving me the best of what was legal aand what I wanted.
Debra Huewe 9 months ago
I have been afraid to hire a designer because of the cost and not knowing what to look for.  This article gives me the information to get me started.
Natalie Clark 11 months ago
Need idea from a interior designer but I'm on a budget
Deborah Bettcher 23 days ago
There are interior decorators that offer a flat fee but actually draw from a broad range of suppliers to meet their clients specific needs, such as Decorating Den Interiors. They have far greater buying power and access to  discounts due to the buying power of their reputable franchise, than individual local designers.  At the initial consultation they estimate the cost range of the project, which is comparable to the retail cost of furnishings. Knowing what you will be investing at the onset, offers more price of mind to homeowners on a budget.. 
Brian MacLeod 5 months ago
Simple but wise words.  I just fired my interior decorator.  It was for whole house decorating for a new build.  Items received thus far are actually wonderful but mark up from invoice was way too high and space planning was off.  Way too much furniture was bought.  I think this has to do with the more you buy the more they make.  I paid a flat fee to decorate whole house as the hourly rate worried me.  However all items purchased were made outside AZ and shipped. I was charged 30% over cost of each item plus AZ sales tax plus 10% over shipping AND freight charges.  This quickly blew my budget out of the water.  Careful with their charges as they can get out of hand quickly.  Now looking for a cheaper option to finish project.
Natalie Clark 11 months ago
Need ideas from a interior designer but on a budget

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