The 4 Best Online Interior Design Services of 2020

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Modsy

"The designs are stocked with shoppable goods from brands like West Elm and Interior Define, making buying a breeze."

Best Budget: Havenly

"Both tiers allow users to choose their own Havenly interior designer who’s available by text or email."

Best Luxury: Decorist

"The online design service can whip up a room concept using its style quiz alone, but also lets users take inspiration from Pinterest."

Best for Real-life Design: roomLift

"RoomLift differs from other services because after delivering the designs, it hands all of the information for purchasing to the user."

Best Overall: Modsy

Modsy

Modsy

There’s a slew of online design services to choose from these days, but Modsy takes the cake with its highly-realistic renderings that make imagining your new room a cinch. 

To get started, Modsy users send a few photos of the room they’re looking to redesign—existing clutter and all—plus a few measurements to the Modsy team. The brand’s style quiz helps its consultants hone in on the look the room owner’s going for. Modsy then creates two custom designs, delivered online in about two weeks, that are depicted in stunningly detailed renderings that show the room from all angles. 

The layouts are stocked with shoppable goods from brands like West Elm and Interior Define, meaning not only will Modsy set you up with the perfect design, but it also makes buying a breeze. Not thrilled with the sofa the Modsy consultant picked out? No problem. Even with Modsy’s Classic plan that costs around $89 for one room, any item can be swapped out for something else. 

Modsy also has two higher-tier plans that pair users with experienced interior designers. The Premium plan costs around $159 and the Luxe plan runs for about $259, and both offer email and phone support from an experienced interior designer, as well as unlimited revisions on any design. All packages offer a money-back guarantee if a suitable design isn’t created.

Pros
  • Two designs with detailed renderings for every plan

  • Unlimited design revisions with top-tier packages

  • Plans are often discounted

Cons
  • Users can’t choose their own style consultant

Best Budget: Havenly

Havenly

Havenly

Havenly sets itself apart with a personalized service that’s hyper-conscious of budget, whatever that may be. The online interiors service offers two packages, both of which pair users with their own designer, but seek to achieve different levels of finish. For those who are just looking for a little refresh, as opposed to a full-out room makeover, that flexibility is a boon. 

Design seekers wanting to spice their room up or swap out a few major pieces are well-served by the Havenly Mini plan (around $69) that offers product recommendations, like furniture and rugs, but no floorplan or renderings. Those seeking a thorough revamp of their space should opt for the Havenly Full package (about $99) that offers all the perks of the Mini package, plus custom floorplans and renderings. 

Both tiers allow users to choose their own Havenly interior designer who’s available by text or email and who, to make sure they get the look just right, send back three initial ideas in two days.

With the Full plan, the process of being matched with a designer, reviewing an initial concept, and receiving a final design takes about a week to nine days in total, depending on how quick users are to respond to their designer. Both the Mini and Full programs provide Havenly users with a detailed list of products from their final design, and offer assistance in purchasing those products.

Pros
  • Ability to choose interior designer for design process

  • Different tiers for design cater to a range of budgets

Cons
  • Renderings are not as realistic as some other services

Best Luxury: Decorist

Decorist

Decorist 

Pinterest enthusiasts who fill boards with design inspiration may find a good match in Decorist.

The online design service can whip up a room concept using its style quiz alone, but also invites users to pass on the Pinterest boards they’ve filled with inspiration. 

The site offers two tiers of service: a free consult, in which users can fire off questions to Decorist designers for basic advice, and three paid plans that provide Decorist users with a complete room overhaul. 

The paid plans include the Decorist Classic (around $300 per room), the Decorist Elite (about $600 per room), and the Decorist Celebrity (approximately $1,299 per room).

Each package features two initial concepts, one final design with a floorplan and installation instructions, online shopping lists, and a complimentary ordering service. Where the plans differ is in the seniority and popularity of the designers, who Decorist users can directly choose from the website or be matched with through the style quiz.

Decorist offers a range of styles, from clean and contemporary to colorful and mid-century. The website’s gallery of finished projects not only gives a glimpse at the variety of styles that can be achieved by the service, but also offers a good idea of what rooms look like in the rendering process versus how they look once completed in the home. 

Pros
  • Scan the designers offered before committing

  • Offers designers with some name recognition in the Celebrity package

  • Provides a 100% happiness guarantee

  • Decorist is a sister site of brands including Bed Bath and Beyond and Cost Plus World Market

Cons
  • Decorist has its own messaging platform

  • Pricier than other online interior design services

Best for Real-life Design: roomLift

roomLift

roomLift

Designing a room online and taking the plunge on products sight unseen may be, for some, too big of a leap of faith. That’s where roomLift comes in. The interior design service makes the process tangible by sending its users a curated box of interior recommendations, like paint chips and spec cards that recommend furniture, after they take an online style quiz.

Here’s how it works: Users begin by filling out a questionnaire that helps roomLift hone in on the style and functionality the design seeker is after. That includes answering questions about how the room is used, if pets and/or children live in the home—that white couch, while pretty to look at, might not be so functional for a family of four with a spunky Labrador—and how many people the space needs to accommodate. 

This is also when users can indicate their overall budget, if they’re incorporating any of their existing furniture into their plans, and which kind of package they want to purchase from roomLift. Two designs for a room cost around $695, and if a user wants to transform three or more rooms, there’s a 20% discount.

A few days after the questionnaire is sent in, along with several photographs of the room, a floorplan for the space arrives in the mail that requires some measurements to be made and returned to the company. In two to three weeks, a custom box of curated selections, including recommendations for furniture, paint, wallpaper, and accessories, when applicable, arrives for the design seeker to mull over in the space itself.

Along with the box, an email with links to all of the products is sent to the users. Users also get one, 15-minute phone call or email exchange where they can talk about their designs with roomLift’s experts.

RoomLift differs from other services because after delivering the designs, it hands all of the information for purchasing over to the user. Products are then bought by users directly from the company that makes them, rather than through the roomLift website. 

Pros
  • Provides something tangible to users

  • Allows users to purchase products on their own terms

  • Options to speak with design experts by phone or by email

Cons
  • Price is steeper than other services

  • Less support than other similar sites because it's a consultation site