The Best Online Interior Design Services Reviewed and Compared in 2022

Updated May 03, 2022 07:05 PM

There's never been a better time to professionally design your home the way you always envisioned. Just a few years ago, there were only a few subpar options to design your home--either do it yourself (DIY) or pay thousands of dollars for an interior designer to come to your home.

The problem with DIYing your own home design is that designing any space requires a lot of time, tools, and an eye for interior design. Many people don't have a natural knack for design and end up wasting time, money, and energy, just to be frustrated by the end result.

Hiring in-person interior designers can get a better result, but it's extremely expensive. It typically costs between $2,000 and $5,000 to work with a designer, PLUS the cost of furniture and decor.

This is why online interior design was born. It's a more convenient and more affordable way to finally make your home feel like you. In this guide, we'll cover:

Feel free to click on the section you're most interested in reading. For more details on Stuccco's design process or to start your order, visit our online interior design page.

What is Online Interior Design?

Online interior design is the process of working with an interior designer virtually. You'll communicate with a designer by phone, email, or video, and send photos and measurements of your space. They'll take your needs and preferences to plan your space accordingly, and make changes along the way. Once the design is complete, you order the pieces to complete the room.

How Does Online Interior Design Work?

When you use an online interior design service, you'll communicate with your designer by phone, live chat, design quiz, or video--depending on which company you work with. From here, the design process will be different between Stuccco, Havenly, Modsy, Decorist, Decorilla, Collov, SpaceLift, The Expert, Spacejoy, or any other online design company. Keep reading for more details on how the services compare.

With Stuccco, you'll discuss your style and budget during your free interior design call, and send photos of your room to the interior designer.

Your designer will present you with a final design concept within 14 days. At the end of the project, you get:

  • A beautiful rendering of your room professionally designed
  • A clickable shopping list of all of the items to purchase
  • Detailed setup instructions (for you to follow or for you to easily share with someone else who will be responsible for installing the furniture and decor)

Not sure what your design style is? Take the free design style quiz to find out!

Online Interior Design vs. Traditional Interior Design vs. DIY Design

Online interior design is very similar to in-person design. In fact, the result of online and in-person interior design should be just as beautiful and custom. However, online interior design is significantly more affordable. In terms of time and communication, it's much more efficient and convenient.

In comparison to DIY design, results can vary. For the rare homeowner who is naturally gifted in design, results may be similar. However, it's extremely unlikely that the average DIY project will result in the same design quality. Plus, the process of online interior design is undeniably easier and more efficient.

But if you're open to spending hours scouring Pinterest boards and doing online shopping, doing it yourself might end up being your most ideal choice.

Here's a more in-depth comparison of DIY vs. online interior design vs. traditional interior design:
 

comparison of home design options: online vs traditional

Top 9 Best Online Interior Design Services

Now that we've covered what online interior design is and who it's a good fit for, let's review the most popular online interior design platforms and how they compare so you can make the right decision for your needs.

Let's start with the elephant in the room--obviously, you're reading this review on Stuccco.com, so you might think it's biased.

This article is as honest and as complete as possible - we gathered information and feedback from designers, homeowners and renters who have used each different online interior design service.

We also thoroughly reviewed all of the content available on the platform's websites to make sure our summaries are complete and accurate.

Our goal is to help you. While we're confident that Stuccco would provide the highest level of quality and service, this article is intended to show you the interior design service that is best for you.

All nine online interior design platforms offer a satisfaction guarantee, have been established since 2015 or earlier, and operate in the US and Canada.

The nine best online interior design services are:

1. Stuccco


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Stuccco's Services

  • Classic design: $999 per room
  • Open concept design: $1,499
  • Turnaround time: 14 days or less
  • You receive: Room design, floor plans, shopping list, design instructions

Pros to Stuccco's Online Interior Design Services

  • High-touch service
  • Unlimited revisions
  • Designers are highly vetted, professional interior designers
  • One flat, transparent design fee
  • Designers do not work on commission (no sales pressure)
  • Designers are not limited by what products they can recommend to you, they are free to recommend the very best products to you from any retailer in the world
  • Designers can work around existing furniture pieces
  • Designers can recommend furniture, decor, wall color, wallpaper, window treatments, hardware and/or light fixtures
  • Built-in photo gallery and social network makes it easy to get inspired and get feedback from the Stuccco community during the design process
  • Includes installation instructions so you know how to implement your design or hire a professional
  • Homeowners can buy recommended items at once or at a pace that suits them
  • Free design call to learn more about the process and get recommendations without pressure to pay
  • Designers are located in the USA, speak fluent English and are paid a fair wage
  • No negative customer reviews

Cons to Stuccco's Online Interior Design Services

  • Stuccco is not the most affordable option
  • Not as well-known as other online interior design services on this list

Stuccco Takeaways

Stuccco offers a high-touch, personalized, done-for-you service from experience professional designers. Although the prices are higher than many other options, the service is much more comprehensive and prevents you from having to do any shopping or designing of your own. In addition, Stuccco designers provide only the best recommendations for you because they are not influenced by commission prices or retail partners.

Example of Stuccco's Online Interior Design

Stuccco design floor plan

Stuccco design floor plan

Stuccco room design board

Stuccco design board

Stuccco design rendering

Stuccco design concept

Stuccco interior design example

Final Stuccco living room design

2. Havenly

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Havenly's Services

  • Mini: $99 per room
  • Full: $179 per room; includes floor plan
  • Havenly at home: $699 (most comparable to Stuccco service)
  • Turnaround time: Not listed
  • You receive: final design board and shopping list

Pros to Havenly's Online Interior Design Services

  • Designers are vetted
  • Designers are located in the USA and speak fluent English
  • You can buy items on Havenly.com

Cons to Havenly Online Interior Design Services

  • Limited contact with designer
  • Homeowners must do designer research, choose and hire the designer on their own
  • Designers are severely underpaid and over-worked
  • Many negative customer reviews
  • Designers only recommend products from a list of retail partners (Limited inventory)
  • Designers work on commission (biased recommendations and sales pressure)

Havenly Takeaways

Havenly is one of the most popular online design services (arguably tied with Modsy), but that does not mean it's one of the best. The low-priced services inevitably result in lower quality and results. In addition, all Havenly designers work on commission, which means your recommendations are limited and most likely biased.

It's also extremely important to note Havenly's company problems. A large portion of Stuccco's designers are previous Havenly designers, and they unanimously tell us that Havenly paid them less than minimum wage. In addition, they were constantly overloaded with work, and speed was prioritized over quality. For more details, read the full Havenly review.

Havenly Design Example

Havenly design example

Living room designed by Havenly

3. Modsy

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Modsy's Services

  • Premium: $159 per room by a junior designer with no phone support
  • Multi-room: $299 for premium package for two rooms
  • Luxe: $499 per room; includes 1:1 phone support with an experienced designer
  • Turnaround time: 2-3 weeks
  • You receive: A 3D room design

Pros to Modsy's Online Interior Design Services

  • You get a 3D rendering for all plan types
  • Access to furniture discounts (save $150 if you spend over $1,500)
  • You can buy items through Modsy's website

Cons to Modsy Online Interior Design

  • Modsy designers are not professional interior designers
  • Many designers are located offshore
  • Only Luxe plan includes meeting with your designer
  • Modsy creates your existing room in 3D but after that, you must use the 3D design software to do a lot of the design work yourself, leading to potential overwhelm
  • Upfront pricing is not transparent: additional fees for additional furniture visualized
  • Designers recommend products from a limited pool of big box retail partners (you're limited)
  • Designers work on commission (biased recommendations)
  • Slow customer service response time
  • Modsy designers are severely underpaid

Modsy Takeaways

Modsy and Havenly are two of the most popular online interior design services--but as we noted above, that does not mean that they are the best ones. The low-priced services could be great for those who just want some support and design ideas for their space, but it won't be a complete design solution. Keep in mind that the furniture and decor recommended will only come from the places where Modsy receives a commission.

One of the biggest concerns with Modsy is that your room is not designed by a true professional designer. Plus, their two most affordable plans do not include a consultation with a designer. For more details on the pros and cons, read our full Modsy review.

Modsy Design Example

Modsy design example

Living room designed by Modsy

4. Decorist

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Decorist was acquired and is currently owned by Bed Bath & Beyond.

Decorist Services

  • Classic: $299 per room
  • Elite: $599 per room; designer has 5+ years of experience
  • Celebrity: $1,299 per room; high-profile designer and a 30 minute phone call with a project manager (service is currently sold out)
  • Turnaround time: 2-3 weeks; 1-2 months for celebrity design
  • You receive: Final room design, room layout, shopping list

Pros to Decorist's Online Interior Design Services

  • Designers are vetted, based in the U.S. and Canada and speak fluent English
  • One flat, transparent design fee
  • You can get matched with a designer OR choose a designer on your own

Cons to Decorist Online Interior Design Service

  • Designers only show homeowner two design concepts
  • Designers recommend products from a list of retail partners (you're limited). Because Decorist is part of Bed Bath & Beyond, the products from this company's brands are emphasized
  • Designers work on commission (biased recommendations)
  • High-touch services are time-consuming

Decorist Takeaways

Decorist offers the unique ability to pay for a designer's experience. If you truly want to work with top interior designers, you can opt for the Celebrity room design package. The quality of Decorist's designers is key to helping you get the best results for your space.

However, Decorist acts as a middleman between you and the retail partners. For some homeowners, the ability to automatically order all of your items through Decorist may be a benefit. However, Decorist is another online interior design service that primarily makes their money through commission. That means that they will only choose furniture and decor from select retail partners. Plus, customers have noted that making product returns after ordering through Decorist can be extremely difficult.

Decorist Design Example

Decorist rendering example

Decorist design concept by celebrity designer

Decorist design example

Decorist living room design

5. Decorilla

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Decorilla's Services

  • Bronze: $549-$799 per room
  • Silver: $649-$1,049 per room
  • Gold: $849-$1,849 per room
  • Custom package: $75-500 per hour
  • Turnaround time: 3-4 weeks
  • You receive: Final 3D rendering, shopping list, and floor plans

Pros to Decorilla Online Interior Design

  • Designers are vetted, based in the U.S. and Canada and speak fluent English
  • High-quality 3D renderings with an emphasis on virtual reality
  • Two designers compete by providing initial design concepts and you choose one designer to work with
  • Access to furniture discounts
  • Designers are paid a fair wage
  • One flat, transparent design fee
  • High-quality 3D renderings

Cons to Decorilla's Online Interior Design Services

  • Long turnaround time
  • Not one of the most affordable options
  • You're unable to choose a certain designer - you must choose one of two designers assigned to you
  • Designers work on commission (sales pressure)
  • Designers only recommend products from retail partners (limited selection)

Decorilla Takeaways

Decorilla is one of the only design services to provide you with multiple design concepts for you to choose from. While most services allow you to make revisions, many homeowners aren't always sure what kind of revisions to ask for. Decorilla removes that obstacle by giving you two design options to start with.

However, Decorilla is similar to Decorist by being a middleman between you and the products in your design. They offer product discounts, but you are then completely dependent on Decorilla to receive your products and handle returns if it doesn't work. And as with the other design services above (Havenly, Modsy, and Decorist), designers give biased recommendations from retail partners where they'll earn a commission.

Decorilla Design Example

Decorilla design example

Home office design from Decorilla

6. Spacejoy

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Spacejoy's Pricing and Services

  • Delight: $199
  • Bliss: $299
  • Euphoria: $349
  • Turnaround time: 7-10 days
  • You receive: Room design 3D render, shopping list

Pros to Spacejoy's Online Interior Design Services

  • Affordable prices
  • One-one-consultation with designer
  • 3D renders of your design
  • Includes interactive 3D app to view design
  • Choose your own designer

Cons to Spacejoy's Online Interior Design Services

  • Limited design revisions
  • Designers work on commission (biased recommendations, sales pressure)
  • Products recommended from a limited pool of retail partners

Spacejoy Takeaways

Spacejoy is one of the few online interior design services that allows you to meet with your designer in all packages. They also uniquely provide a 3D render of your design that allows you to virtually move around the space before ordering the products.

Although these features help Spacejoy stand out from other online design companies, it is similar to others by being dependent on commission from products. Just like Havenly, Modsy, Decorilla, and Decorist, Spacejoy will consistently prompt you to order products through their website. This limits your design choices to Spacejoy's retail partners and your recommendations will be biased.

Spacejoy Design Example

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Living room designed by Spacejoy

7. Collov

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Collov's Pricing and Services

  • Kick-start: $79 per design (one 3D render)
  • Classic: $119 per design
  • Luxe: $159 per design
  • Turnaround time: 6-9 for first mood board plus 5-7 days for 3D render
  • You receive: One 3D rendering of your room design and shopping list

Pros to Collov's Online Interior Design Services

  • Affordable prices
  • Multiple package options
  • Two revisions included
  • One meeting with your designer with Classic or Luxe plan
  • Can buy all pieces through Collov

Cons to Collov's Online Interior Design Services

  • Confusing pricing structure and process
  • Minimum furniture and decor budget of $1,000
  • Company is built on commission (biased recommendations, sales pressure)
  • Designers recommend products from a limited pool of big box retail partners (you're limited)
  • Pressure to purchase items through Collov

Collov Takeaways

The services from Collov are not as customized or high-touch as Stuccco or even Decorist's celebrity plan, but could be helpful for homeowners who simply want a few ideas to help plan their room. If you're okay with primarily DIYing your space, Collov could be a great source of support while you do this.

However, another important factor to keep in mind is that Collov gets a commission from the products that you purchase for your space. Just like Havenly and Modsy, this means that their suggestions aren't going to be 100% objective and that the inventory they suggest is limited.

Collov Design Example

Collov design example

Bedroom designed by Collov

Bedroom designed by Collov

8. roomLift

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roomLift's Pricing and Services

  • roomLift: $1,250
  • AccessoryLift: $650
  • Custom proposals: $100 per call
  • Turnaround time: Approximately three weeks
  • You receive: roomLift box or design board (accessoryLift)

Pros to roomLift's Online Interior Design Services

  • Two package options
  • Designers do not work on commission
  • Purchase products on your own (no sales pressure)
  • Ability to see samples in person
  • Contributes 1% of proceeds to select charities

Cons to roomLift's Online Interior Design Services

  • No opportunity for revisions or adjustments
  • No one-on-one consultations with designers
  • Long turnaround time
  • Lower-touch service, no one-on-one conversations
  • Individual consultation costs additional fee
  • roomLift box takes 14 days to ship
  • roomLift box is not the most environmentally-friendly option

roomLift Takeaways

roomLift stands out from other online interior design companies by sending a physical box with physical samples of paint chips, wallpaper samples, and fabric samples. This could be a big benefit for homeowners who want a tactile experience with pieces before they spend a large amount of money implementing the design.

However, roomLift's primary plans don't provide any opportunities to meet with your designer. Their recommendations are based only on your answers to their questionnaire, so it's up to you to be extremely clear and thorough about your expectations. This wouldn't be much of a hassle if you were able to see your designer's concepts and ask for adjustments, but the physical nature of the roomLift box prevents that from happening. Combine these two challenges with the high prices of roomLift, and it's the least flexible option on our list.

roomLift box contents

Example of roomLift box

roomLift Design Example

roomLift before design
roomLift design example

RoomLift before and after

9. The Expert

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The Expert's Pricing and Services

  • Services and prices range by designer

Pros to The Expert's Online Interior Design Services

  • Choose your own designer
  • Hundreds of design experts available
  • View designer's experience, previous work, and design styles
  • Filter designers by price and style
  • Most designers provide video consultations

Cons to The Expert's Online Interior Design Services

  • Prices can be as expensive as in-person design, up to $2,000 for 55-minute consultation
  • Lower-touch services
  • Quality can be hit or miss, dependent on the designer you choose

The Expert Takeaways

Unlike the other options on this list, The Expert is not an online interior design service. It is a platform that helps you search through hundreds of professional online interior designers available for hire. Most of the prices are higher than you'd pay for an online service, but you also have the ability to work with some of the most famous and accomplished designers in the industry. The Expert is a great choice if you want to hand pick your designer and service.

Which Online Interior Design Service is Best For You?

Pricing Turnaround time High touch vs Low touch service Retail Limitations vs. Unlimited
Stuccco $999-1,499 14 days High touch Unlimited
Havenly $99-699 Not listed Low touch Limited
Modsy $159-499 2-3 weeks Low touch Limited
Decorist $299-1,299 2-3 weeks to 1-2 months Low touch or high touch Limited
Decorilla $549-1,849 3-4 weeks Low touch Limited
Spacejoy $199-349 7-10 days Low touch Unlimited
Collov $79-159 11-13 days Low touch Limited
roomLift $65-1,250 Approximately 3 weeks Low touch Limited
The Expert Varies by designer Varies by designer High touch Unlimited

Choosing the best online interior design service will look different for every homeowner - it depends on your style, budget, and time constraints.

If you're super strapped for cash but you're handy and have time on your hands, then tackling a project on your own (DIY) is likely your best bet.

If money is no object and you have extra time on your hands, then hiring an in-person interior designer is likely going to be of most value to you. You'll be satisfied with the end result and can have everything taken care of for you. Use a site like Houzz to find a quality local in-person designer.

But if you're like most people and you're somewhere in between these two poles, online interior design will be your best choice.

Stuccco Online Interior Design offers the best blend of affordability, design quality, turnaround time, and customer service. Start the process by taking the design style quiz, or book your online interior design call today!

Stuccco online interior design example

Living and dining room design by Stuccco

If you have any suggested changes for this article, please email us at info@stuccco.com so that we can make any necessary updates to this review.

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