The Top 3 Virtual Interior Design Services in 2020

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Like many other things, interior design has had to go virtual in 2020. However, luckily, there are a few online interior design services that let you experience the benefit of working with an interior designer from the comfort of your home.

With that in mind, here’s a curated list of the three top online interior design services in 2020. Read them over so that you can get a sense of how each one works and figure out which option will be the best fit for you.

1. Modsy

Starting to work with Modsy involves taking a style quiz in order to give their designers a sense of your likes and dislikes. The quiz includes a section where you’re asked to select your favorite room designs from a list of examples, a section regarding your budget and any design elements you already have in place, and a short-answer section where you let the designers know about how you intend to use the finished space.

In addition to all that information, the Modsy team also asks you to provide a few photos of the space, some measurements, and, if possible, a floor plan. Depending on which design package you’ve chosen, you may also have the option to talk about your design preferences with a designer.

A few days after the Modsy team receives all your information, you’ll get an email from them. The email will include two, 3D renderings of the room, which also serve as your design concepts.

From there, you can log on to Modsy’s dashboard and tweak the designs yourself. Using their editing feature, you can switch out individual furniture pieces and design elements until you come out with a look that perfectly matches your design style.

The last step in this process is the ordering. You can place any pieces that you want to buy into your shopping cart and one of Modsy’s personal shoppers will help you take care of purchasing and shipping.

Pro: The service gives you the opportunity to work with a designer and the dashboard tool gives you the freedom to customize the design on your own schedule.

Con: This process is definitely hands-on, so if you don’t have a clear idea of the specific changes you want to make to the renderings, it can start to feel a bit overwhelming.

2. Havenly

Havenly starts off a lot like Modsy, where you take a style quiz to let the designers know about your personal aesthetic. However, once Havenly knows about your preferences and the room that you intend to redecorate, they’ll match you with a specific designer who has similar tastes.

Once you’ve matched, you’ll have a consultation with your designer, so that they can get to know about the specifics of your project, including your likes, dislikes, any design challenges that you foresee being an issue, and your budget.

Then, a few days after your consultation, you’ll receive three initial design concepts. You’ll pick the design that’s your favorite and you’ll go back-and forth with the designer to tweak it until you’re satisfied with the final product.

When it’s all said and done, you’ll come out of the experience with a final design, complete with your curated picks, and a shopping list. From there, the Havenly customer service team can assist you with ordering the items and, if necessary, to coordinate returns.

Pro: You get the personalized experience of working one-on-one with a designer for a fraction of the price of working with someone in real life.

Con: The designers are busy, so going back-and-forth with them on revisions can take a little bit of time and patience.

3. Decorilla

If you’re looking for a higher-end online interior design experience, Decorilla might be your best pick. In this case, in addition to answering style questions and uploading a few photos of your space, you can also choose how much you spend. Decorilla bases its pricing model on the experience level of the designer.

After you’ve submitted all your information and chosen your desired experience level, you’ll receive two design concepts from two separate designers. Once you choose the concept you like best, you’ll be matched with that designer and you’ll work with them to make tweaks. Notably, if you don’t end up liking either design, they do have a money-back guarantee.

The higher price point for Decorilla is justified by how much you get for your money. In addition to a 3-D rendering of your final design, your designer will help you find the best deals for your decor items. They’ll also select a paint color palette for the room, show you how to position the furniture, and give you a detailed list of set-up instructions.

Pro: These services are comparable to working with a in-person interior designer, but you can do it from the comfort of your own home.

Con: At $400-$1,600 per room, they are catering to a certain price point.

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