Raise your hand if this has happened to you. You move into a new place with 247 ideas (each of them pinned to your “My Dream Home” Pinterest board) for how you’re going to decorate. You finish unpacking, head to Ikea for some essentials, and one of two things happens: A.) you freeze, because there are SO MANY options, and you thought you liked X, but it turns out you’re kind of leaning towards Y, and how do you know which one to pick? So you leave with nothing. Or B.) you buy everything on your perfectly planned out shopping list only to get it all home and realize that none of it actually looks good together.
(Personally, I used to fall into category B, then fear of failure turned me into more of an A.)
The point is, decorating isn’t easy, which is why there is a whole field of people who will charge hundreds of dollars an hour to do it for you.
Can’t exactly afford that right now? Then you’re going to be thrilled to know that, in the last year, a new crop of e-design services have popped up on the Internet that make getting a professionally designed space both easy AND affordable. Here’s a roundup of some of the best.
1. Decorist. Decorist makeovers start at just $199 per room and are done entirely online After taking the site’s style quiz, you’ll be matched with your own personal designer, who will then ask you for photos of your space, your budget, and details about what you like/dislike about it. From there, you’ll get two customized design plans complete with furniture & decor recommendations, paint colors, finishes, and more. You can order your pieces directly through the site, too.
2. Homepolish. Want something a little more personal? Homepolish offers in-person access to local interior designers at an hourly or per-project rate. Just need a little guidance? Start with a 1-hour design consultation in your home for as little as $50. After that, expect to pay $100 an hour for a junior designer, or $130 an hour for a senior designer. Want to see some of their work in action? Check out the Man Repeller’s office or Lo Bosworth’s home.
3. Zoom Interiors. If you’re a fan of Shark Tank, you may remember Zoom Interiors (its founders nabbed a partnership with Barbara Corcoran. The company offers a number of design services — each starts out with a style quiz and a phone consultation about your space. After that, you have the option to purchase a moodboard ($199), add on a shopping cart with everything for your room ($99), and order everything directly through Zoom.
4. Havenly. Like Zoom, a Havenly design starts with a style profile and a phone call with your designer. After that, you’ll get two concept boards for your room, and up to two revisions for each board (at a cost of $79 per room). Finally, you can order anything you want to purchase directly through Havenly, and they’ll even credit $50 of your design fee toward your purchases.
5. LookNook. LookNook is the most inexpensive of the services, coming in at just $99, and it also has a bit of a DIY angle to it. A LookNook room starts off with saving images of items you love from LookNook collections, as well as Pinterest and Houzz, and your designer will give you advice in terms of what to swap out or add in to your collection. Like the other services, you can order anything you love directly through the site.