How Much Does an Interior Designer Cost?

One of the first questions people ask is how much does an interior design service cost?

It’s a difficult question to answer, but I will do my best to explain some general pricing guidelines.

As you can imagine, interior design services are unique to each project and with so many options for service types, price ranges can vary drastically.

So why is the cheapest option not always the best? The people we work with understand the value of their own time and the value of using experts; they want a more hands-off approach, enabling them to run and build their business, leaving us to do that legwork for them. They know how much value working with experts can add to their projects.

In many cases, the project will become part of your portfolio for the following 10-20+ years, so you want to get this right the first time so as not to have regret later on down the line. The last thing you need is another refurb in 2 years to bring the property back up to scratch. We help create timeless designs that outlast trends and keep your properties selling and cash flowing in the long term.

How Much Does an Interior Design Service Cost?

The average price of our fees on a new build or flip project is £2,000 – £5,000. On a small development or HMO project, our fee would be between £2,000 – £10,000. You could expect to pay between £7,000 and £20,000 for a larger development.

So why does it make financial sense to use a designer?

Using a designer on your developments means having an expert on board who can look at the end product from the beginning and ensure everything from the design to the implementation is aligned. Here are our top reasons for using a designer:

  • Increase the value of your property, increase viewings and offer prices, decrease voids and increase rents in rental properties.
  • Keep your project within budget – an interior designer will have experience with how much a design will likely cost to fulfil, and they’ll have creative solutions to create a great design on lower budgets.
  • Avoid costly mistakes – many design decisions are made upfront so that everything is considered in your plans. Any experienced designer will know the usual issues and have creative solutions ready to tackle them.
  • Maximise your floorplans – making the most out of your floorplans might even get you an extra bedroom, but at the least will create the best flow in the property and make the most of every inch.
  • Use the right finishes to save you money in the long term – using the right finishes in the right places can help you keep maintenance costs down over time and ensure everything is fit for purpose.

How Does the Type of Service Affect the Cost?

When someone asks how much our services cost, the level of service is always a key factor. We have 4 main service types, although, unlike many companies, we can do as much or as little as our clients would have us do. We’re as flexible as possible to make it stress-free and ensure you never pay for something you don’t need.

Ready-made / Non-bespoke Designs

Our off-the-shelf design packages include a ready-made concept board that you can choose from our website. We’ve detailed the paint colours, furniture examples and our top tips for implementing the design, and it’s up to you to run with it and bring the design to life in your room.

Most clients will spend £395 per room/design.

Bespoke Design-to-Concept Stage

Our concept design packages include a bespoke design through to the concept stage, which means you get the look and feel for your property, paint colours, furniture ideas and a decoration plan so your build team can get cracking.

With this package, it is up to you to source the furniture you want to use, shop for accessories, plan your layouts and liaise with the build team on how it will be implemented in your property.

Most clients will spend, on average, £1,500 – £3,000.

Bespoke Design (Turn-key Solution)

Our complete interior design packages include everything your project needs to implement our bespoke design to perfection, from layout drawings, concepts, and greyscale models of any detail sections to the furniture and accessories, all chosen for you within the budget allocated. We will review everything with the build team on-site and ensure every detail is considered.

With this package, there is even the option to have us project manage the whole build for you, too, so you’re working with one team.

Most clients will spend, on average, £3,000 – £9,000 on design fees with this option.

Design Consultancy

Not all our clients need us to look at the design as a whole, but they might need an expert opinion on their colour scheme, layouts or parts of the design. We also offer colour consultancy, layout consultancy and consultancy calls to help with these elements of your projects.

Most clients will spend, on average, £200 – £1,500 on these services.

How Our Services Compare to Other Service Types

As you can see, the price of interior design services varies, which is as it should be. Every project has different challenges, just as every client has other goals, budgets and requirements.

So how does this fit into other services out there?

Our design services are relatively standard compared to other designers. However, two other options exist when designing and purchasing for your next project.

DIY

Many clients start off here. If you have fewer projects on the go and more time available, it might seem tempting to try it yourself. You’ll have a lot to organise, and it will be hard to avoid mistakes, especially if these are your first few projects, which may cost you further down the line.

However, it is a great way to learn about the industry and might be the perfect short-term solution to keep costs lower (those initial costs, at least).

Furniture Companies

There are a vast number of companies out there now offering furniture solutions to developers. They are an excellent solution for a quick turnaround when purchasing your furniture and are much cheaper than sourcing everything individually.

However, you’ll struggle to find anything bespoke from a furniture company (after all, the margins wouldn’t work if they can’t buy in bulk), so your properties will start to look pretty similar.

You’ll also need to still think about the rest of your design: Your layout designs, paint colours, finishes, flooring and any bespoke solutions for your joiner. So, make sure to factor in your time if you go down this route.

Hopefully, this has given you a good idea of what can influence the cost of your designs for your next project. If you’d like to discuss your requirements further, click here to book a free discovery call with us.

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