How great would life be if everyone had an interior designer as a best friend? You'd trust her taste and, of course, get her services for cheaper than the average rate. The bad news is that may never happen, but the great news is we've found the next best thing: websites that serve as virtual decorators. Ahead, check out four online interior design services that offer advice, product suggestions, and more insights for those of us on a budget. You'll want to tell all your (nondesigner) friends about them ASAP.
Whether you just need help picking out the right rug or you want to completely make over a bedroom, Decorist makes the process easier. Experienced designers are on hand to answer simple questions over email for free or through one of the company's paid packages. For $69, for example, you get the help of a personal shopper who will help you come up with a custom board for design recommendations, give style suggestions based on your taste and budget, and research three products you can shop instantly.
Think of Designer at Home as part design studio, part DIY resource. You measure your room, take photos of the space, and answer a questionnaire related to your style and budget. The team then uses that information to come up with a plan for your space. After a short time, you get a package in the mail containing a personally designed room, including blueprints for furniture arrangements and suggested items like couches, lamps, and pillows that you buy online.
Decorator in a Box is just what it sounds like. Started by an interior designer, the company offers services based on need or room type and sends you a box filled with items to help you get the look you want. For instance, for $50 you get paint color selections based on your preferences; for $550, you receive a box for the bedroom that comes with a note from the designer, instructions on how to begin the design process, a color reference board, a design book with a hand-drawn space plan, and a detailed shopping list for your space plan. Anything missing?
BluGloss is uncomplicated, and we mean that in a good way. All you do is browse existing photos of styled rooms (you can search by filters like celebrity bedrooms and designer-styled living rooms), select which one you like best, and then automatically shop curated products that match the room's decor. It's like magic in three clicks of the mouse.