7 (Reasonably Priced!) Online Interior Design Services You Can Take Advantage of Right Now

published Aug 31, 2022
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Just moved and seeking floor plan advice, or need help redecorating a few rooms around the house? Consider trying out an online interior design service. Rather than hiring an in-person pro to make over your space, that same designer feedback is now just a click away, thanks to a handful of virtual platforms. Today’s e-design companies essentially eliminate some of the time and affordability constraints often associated with traditional full-service decorating consultations. Instead of charging by the hour, most feature flat fee rates per individual room or design concept, and just $200 to $300 can get you far. Some even partner with top home retailers, as well, for exclusive discounts or direct-to-consumer shopping opportunities.

Below, I rounded up seven of the best online interior design platforms, catering to a range of budgets, deadlines, and styles. And speaking of the latter, each typically uses some kind of a questionnaire as a jumping off point to match you with a like-style pro. From there, your designer will put together a digital inspiration board with furnishings, paint colors and room layout suggestions. Read the fine print about this part of the process to make sure revisions are included if you’re the indecisive type. Once you’ve approved the plan, you’ll typically get a shopping list so you can buy everything and assemble the room IRL. Ultimately, they all have a little something different to offer, so read on to determine which remote company is best for your specific project(s).


Collov doubles as an e-design service and shopping platform: the site partners with over 200 home brands (including Wayfair and West Elm), so you can buy non-marked up pieces directly. Upload “before” photos and send measurements of your space, then you’ll meet with an in-house designer and review mood board mock ups — but note that you can also request re-designs or more affordable furniture selections (although the FAQ page notes their minimum budget is $1,000). Once the final layout is approved, you’ll receive a 3D rendering with options to order the furniture, decor, lighting, and organization accessories shown, all in one convenient checkout. Bonus: They even offer price matching on furnishings.

Pricing: $49 per design for the Kick-Start plan, $69 per design for the Classic plan, and $159 per design for the Luxe plan

Timeline: 11-16 days

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For someone who likes options, Decorilla is where it’s at: After a get-to-know-you questionnaire, their team presents two different proposal ideas right off the bat. Of those, you’ll choose your favorite based on budget and style parameters (although you can borrow ideas from the other concept, too) and start chatting with the corresponding designer. All in all, you’ll receive a realistic 3D rendering of your space, a floor plan illustration, and color palette. They also provide a complimentary white-glove shopping service with non-expiring discounts up to 45 percent off — meaning there’s no rush to buy for your newly re-decorated room.

Pricing: $549+ for the Bronze package, $699+ for the Silver package, or $1,249+ for the Gold package

Timeline: 2-4 weeks

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Decorist functions like a choose-your-own-online-design adventure, with the ability to pick your preferred plan and expert consultant. Their 400+ designer roster is lumped into three categories — Classic, Elite, and Celebrity — running the gamut from up-and-coming names to well-known industry pros. Browse their bios and portfolios by tier and style, or allow Decorist to match you. Either way, once you’ve shared info about your specific room(s), including any existing pieces you plan to work around, count on two custom concepts, one final design mock up, a floor plan, set up directions, and an online shopping list. If you’re not quite ready for a full redesign, the company recently launched a 30-minute video feature for quick decorating tips at just $59 a session.

Pricing: $299 per room for the Classic level, $599 per room for the Elite level, and $1,299 per room for the Celebrity level (currently sold out)

Timeline: 2-5 weeks

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Havenly, which has a California casual vibe, starts at just $79 for a “Mini” makeover package that includes help fine-tuning a room and choosing accessories. Havenly also has e-commerce capabilities, so you can order products directly from them. As an added bonus, they’ll pass on any trade discounts and shipping savings. A full room rendering costs $129. If you live in Atlanta, Austin, Boulder, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, or New York, take advantage of their in-person design program; the cost is $499 for your first room then $199 for extras on top of that.

Pricing: $79 for Havenly Mini, $129 for Havenly Full

Timeline: 6+ days

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Still craving IRL design details? roomLift has the best of both worlds: personalized virtual assistance, plus a curated interior “in a box” mailer as part of their top-tier plan. That includes paint and textile samples, a custom layout, and design board, delivered straight to your door. You’ll also get shopping links, access to discounts, and designer notes via digital file. And the more rooms, the merrier — add three or more to your cart for an automatic 15 percent off at checkout. If you have a list of small-scale projects, though, forego the box shipment altogether and opt for their more traditional (and affordable) remote interior services, both capped at flat fee rates.

Pricing: $100 for the Access an Expert consultation package, $750 for the AccessoryLift package, or $1,500 for the roomLift package (which includes the “in a box” kit)

Timeline: 3-4 weeks


Spacejoy puts yet another twist on the e-design model, with super fast turnaround and services starting at just $249. Whether you’re decorating a bedroom, home office, or entryway (or all three), the brand’s interactive app — which syncs with Pinterest — offers a shoppable 3D model of the space within a week of submitting photos and measurements. Working with a designer, you’ll be able to edit products and layout in real time. Their designs prioritize function, too: Share specifics about the room’s usage and livability for the best fabric and furniture recs (i.e. kid- or pet-friendly) as well as budget details and your go-to home brands.

Pricing: $249 for the Delight package, $399 for the Bliss package, and $599 for the Euphoria package

Timeline: 7-10 days

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The Expert

Ever wished you could rack the brain of your favorite designer? Thanks to The Expert, you actually can. Co-founded by Jake Arnold, the platform taps top industry pros, granting you 1:1 virtual access to the likes of Bobby Berk, or Sarah Sherman Samuel, just to name drop a few. Don’t have an expert in mind? No problem — book based on consultation length (25, 55, 85 or 115 minutes), price, availability, style, or geographic location. Note that, unlike most e-design meetings, these function more like Q&A sessions, so come prepared to talk through existing home project roadblocks and game plans. Think of this like a trial run if you’re eventually looking to hire help for a full-service undertaking, too.

Pricing: $250 to $1,500 per session (varies by expert)

Timeline: Book up to 24 hours before the meeting start time