Online Design Services Are Everywhere — Which Are Actually Worth It?
We breakdown some of the most popular sites.
It's 2018 and we can now get anything we want from our phones. From Lyfts to food delivery to groceries to getting people to walk our dogs, everything is at our fingertips. So it's no surprise that a bunch of apps and websites have come around to help us design our homes. But the question remains — which one is right for you?
Luckily, most of these online services take a slightly different approach. All you have to figure out is your preferred method, price range, and how hands-on you want the experience to be. To help you determine which direction to go, we broke down a few of the popular platforms to give you an inside look.
The Gist: After sending over images and dimensions of the room you want to redo, Modsy has you take a style quiz and provide details of what you want out of the project. Its designers will create two design options in 3D renderings with all shoppable items. You can make a few adjustments on your own or with the Modsy team. Afterward, you shop directly from your design and receive exclusive discounts. There are also multiple pay-scales that give you more one-on-one access to designers.
Pros: Ability to visualize the design, affordable and flexible pricing, easy to shop, ability to work with designers to edit and tailor to your needs.
Cons: No installation help, need to pay more for more one-on-one time with designer.
Price: Packages are available for $59, $79, and $149.
The Gist: The Hutch app allows you to shop for your space with 3D technology. You can use the technology to visualize what items will look like in your space together as you go, then easily shop your favorites afterward.
Pros: Great if you want to DIY your design, gives you a great visualization of how your space comes together, helpful for interior designers to show clients ideas, affordable.
Cons: Can only be done on the app, doesn't have input from designers, and requires work on your end.
The Gist: RoomSecret offers a few room designs a month for you to choose from. Once you pay the design fee, the site will give you access to shop all the items. The service also has a designer on call for any additional consultation.
Pros: You can search through amazing designs, everything is ready to shop, you can sort through price points before purchasing package, ability to chat with designer.
Cons: Not much flexibility with design, paying to shop.
The Gist: Homepolish connects you with a full-service interior designer, while also providing you additional support like a concierge ordering service and virtual communication. Your local designer works with you in person and can also provide help on building, arranging things with contractors, and installs. Prices range depending on your project scale.
Pros: Gives you the full interior designer experience, good for working on renovations, additional support with concierge service and Homepolish's connections, and help with making the space come to life.
Cons: Higher prices, often not necessary for smaller updates to home.
Price: Price range based on project.