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Interior Decorator

Does your interior decoration need refreshing? Taking on this home improvement project by yourself can be a daunting task, but if you hire an interior decorator, they can restyle your living space without you having to lift a finger. A professional decorator or interior designer can help you make the most of your space in a way that suits your personal tastes, whether you are looking for modern interior design or something more traditional. They can help you decide on the right color scheme, feature walls, and furnishings to give your home a stylish new look.

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Interior decoration costs

The cost of an interior decorator depends on the number of rooms, materials used, and the time it takes to complete the project. Depending on how your interior decorator works, they will either charge per hour, per square foot, a flat fee, or use the cost plus method.


Cost breakdown 


There will usually be a one-hour initial consultation fee of between $50-$450* to come to your home and discuss your project.


Flat fee

Some interior decoration firms will use a flat fee, which includes the costs of the whole project from design to completion. This varies widely depending on the scale of the project.


Hourly rates

Expect to pay between $50-$450* per hour. The exact cost will depend on whether you use a junior or senior interior decorator, and it does not include the cost of materials or furnishings.


Cost plus

The cost plus method is where professionals add a mark-up to all of the purchases made, to cover their fee – this is usually around 20%*.


Square foot

If you are being charged by the square foot, expect to pay $5-$17* per square foot. 


Furnishings and materials

The cost of the furnishings and materials will be added on top of the fee or will be included in the price, depending on how your interior decorator works. 


Frequently Asked Questions

What does an interior decorator do?
An interior decorator will help you redesign your room, including deciding on paint colors, furnishings, and design details.
What if I do not like the interior decorator’s ideas?
In a typical consultation, you will discuss your likes and dislikes and your needs. Your designer or decorator will usually produce a few different mood boards with home interior design ideas so they can understand what you like.
Are there interior decorators who specialize in decorating different spaces and rooms?
 Yes, some specialize in office interior design which can improve productivity and the work environment, whereas others will specialize in bedroom interior design or focus on general interior home decoration. There are lots of service professionals in your area that will be able to help with your specific project. 

*Cost estimates referenced are sourced from HomeAdvisor, Angie's List and other national home improvement websites.

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