New Online Services Take the Frustration Out of Interior Design
Today, the abundance of online magazines and beautiful blogs make it easier than ever to find inspiration for the home you’ve always wanted. But if you’re the type who has a Pinterest board for every room of your house and still aren’t satisfied with your home, then you know that taking all of those beautiful ideas and actually making them a reality is the hard part.
Whether it’s due to a tight budget, not knowing where to purchase certain pieces for a room you love, or simply the fact that you’re unsure of where to begin decorating your home, there are often a number of factors at play that mean inspiration is often left at just that: inspiration.
If you’re sick of simply looking at pictures of the home you want and are ready to actually live in it, then you’re in luck, because there is also plenty of design help—not just inspiration—to be had online.
Recently, home design has gone digital, with a variety of tools cropping up that are meant to simplify the process of creating a beautiful space. Here are a few of the top ones to check out.
1. Porch. Porch is like Houzz and Angie’s List rolled into one. The site lets you not only save inspiration photos from top design professionals to your personal “scrapbook,” but research and book designers and contractors in your area, too. Porch includes profiles for all sorts of home improvement professionals—from painters and landscapers to electricians and interior decorators—along with important details ranging from the company’s rating with the Better Business Bureau, customer reviews, and the price of the typical home serviced.
2. Room in a Box. Founded by interior designer Windsor Smith, Room in a Box is a traditional design service done entirely online. You’ll be asked to provide photos and dimensions of your space, along with inspiration images of rooms you love. A designer will then draft up a room illustration and furniture plan, along with a shopping list or ordering instructions for all pieces. Prices are dependent on the type and size of your room. A design for an entryway under 100 sq. ft. costs $1250, while a plan for a large bedroom (over 400 sq. ft.) is priced at about $4,750.
3. Decorist. Decorist also offers online interior design services, but the prices are significantly lower than Room in a Box (room makeovers start at $199). With Decorist, you’ll start by taking an online style quiz, and will be paired up with a dedicated designer based on the result. From there, you’ll be asked to provide images of your room, inspiration photos, and any likes and dislikes.
After a few days, your designer will get back to you with two room designs, complete with furniture, décor, paint colors, and lighting options. It’s then up to you to implement the design (you’ll be provided with a shopping list) as your time and budget allow. Or, if you prefer, your designer can complete the ordering for you, and everything will simply show up at your door.