Happy Monday, I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. Today I wanted to discuss 3 affordable ways you can work with an interior designer. A lot of people think that interior design is only available to the rich and famous. While it’s true that interior design is a luxury service that doesn’t mean that interior design isn’t accessible to those who don’t have huge budgets.
(Beautifully designed by Kitchens by Eileen)
What if I told you that for as little as $250 you could work with an interior designer? You’d probably think I’m nuts right? Or you could be thinking that’s too good to be true or that I am joking. I’m not joking with you, there are ways that you can work with an interior designer even on a modest budget. Sure, you won’t be receiving full-service interior design or working with a designer in the traditional way. However, there are still options available to you. So, I want to break down some ways that you can work with an interior designer even if you don’t have Oprah money.
First, let me point out a few things…
Not every interior designer is going to offer some or even any of the services that I list below. In fact, there are some interior designers out there that you won’t be able to afford to work with. Some designers choose to only work with luxury clients. There are designers who only work with clients that need help building their dream home from the ground up. There are also designers who wouldn’t dare take on a single-room project and only focus on whole-house projects. All that said, there are plenty of designers who have flexible services available for those who have champagne taste on beer budgets.
(Beautifully designed by Bailey & Shannon Interiors)
Before I dive into the 3 ways you can work with an interior designer even if you’re on a budget, let’s get a few things clear. To be able to afford to work with an interior designer in a non-full-service capacity…
- Your expectations need to align with your budget. Don’t put your interior designer on speed dial and expect them to be at your beck and call. We charge for our time and most of us charge by the hour. That doesn’t mean you won’t receive a great level of service, just keep in mind that you’re not paying for the full-service design. Also, set a budget and be realistic about what you can afford when it comes to furnishings and décor. If you’re not sure how to set a budget for your space, do some research about how much things cost. For example, you could make a list of all the items you think you’ll need in a space. Then google each item and come up with an average of how much these pieces cost.
- Lastly, expect to do some work yourself. Yep, that means you’ll be putting some sweat equity in your project.
If you keep these things in mind, you’ll have an amazing experience.
Ok let’s get to it, here are the 3 ways you can afford to work with an interior designer. Remember, not every interior designer will offer these services.
(Beautifully designed by Stephanie McLean Geyer)
This normally the most affordable way to work with an interior designer, for as little as $250 in some cases less. There is a time limit for consultations, normally between 90 minutes to 2 hours. We start all our design services (except for E-design) with a consultation. Most consultations are walk and talks. For instance, your designer will tour your space and provide you with ideas on how to improve the space. These ideas can range from paint color options, drapery advice to furniture layout recommendations. You’ll have the opportunity to take notes or your designer may provide you with written recommendations. Once the consultation is complete you can either retain your designer to do the work or complete the work yourself.
With E-Design communication with your designer is normally via e-mail. It’s a great way to get the expertise from an interior designer at a price you can afford. With this service, you will be doing a big chunk of the work yourself. You’ll be required to fill out a style assessment, which gives your designer information needed to complete your design plan. You’ll also be asked to measure your space, take photos of your space, collect inspiration photos, and provide all this information to your designer. Lastly, you’ll do all the shopping for the items for your space. E-design packages can start as low as $500. Prices will vary based on the size, room, and scope of the project.
One huge benefit of E-Design is that it allows you to implement your design all at once or over time. What you’ll get is a custom design plan delivered to your inbox or mailbox (this varies with each designer). Normally, your custom design plan includes a furniture plan, a concept board (also known as a mood board or inspiration board), elevations, detailed instructions, and a shopping list. Once, you receive your E-Design package you’ll be all set to design your space.
3. One Day Design
I’ve seen this service called by a few different names such as designer for the day, one day design, re-design, and one-day makeovers. What’s included with this service varies by designer. Usually, you’ll have access to your designer for a set number of hours. Normally between 4-6 hours. This is a great way for you to work hands-on with your interior designer. This service may include:
- Working with what you already have in your home, your designer may rearrange furniture and accessories to give your space a fresh new look.
- In addition, some designer’s will layout your furniture, hang wall art, hang drapery, and style your space (again using items that you already own or have purchased).
- Lastly, your designer may provide you with ideas for your space and go on a shopping trip with you to assist with the purchase of furnishings and décor.
There you have it, affordable flexible design services. I’m sure there are additional services not mentioned in this post, but these are the 3 I frequently see offered. As you can see, anyone with an open mind and clear expectations can afford to work with an interior designer.
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