The Best Online Interior Design Services Reviewed and Compared in 2021

Updated May 14, 2021 12:00 AM

There’s never been a better time to design your home. Just five years ago, there were only a few subpar options to design your home. You’d either have to do it yourself (DIY) or hire an in-person interior designer.

Designing any space on your own requires a lot of time, tools, and an eye for interior design. Hiring in-person interior designers is expensive - typically between $2,000 and $5,000, plus the cost of furniture and decor--and the value of your time meeting in person.

Since each of these options have flaws, online interior design was born. In this guide, we cover:

What is Online Interior Design?

Online interior design is the process of working with an interior designer virtually. They plan your space according to your needs and wants, and you implement the final design.

How Does Online Interior Design Work?

When you use an online interior design service, you communicate with your online interior designer virtually using the platform, email and/or telephone (no in-home or local visits necessary). From here, the design process will be different between Stuccco, Havenly, Modsy, Decorist, Decorilla, or any other online design company.

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 design style quiz to find out!

How Does Online Interior Design Compare to Traditional Interior Design?

Online interior design is most comparable to in-person design. However, online interior design is more affordable and more efficient in terms of time and communication.

The results of online interior design are better than the average DIY project, and again, it’s significantly more efficient. However, 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:

DIY vs traditional interior design vs online interior design

Top 5 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 an informed decision about which one to use.

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. We certainly hope you choose Stuccco for your next home design project, but this article is intended to show you the interior design service that is best for you. 

All five online interior design platforms:

  • Connect you with an interior designer
  • Offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee
  • Offer an easy-to-use, clean, intuitive user experience
  • Work with your existing furniture, style, budget and room dimensions
  • Operate in the U.S. and Canada
  • Have been established since 2015 or earlier

1. Stuccco

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Stuccco’s Services

  • Classic Design: $499 per room
  • 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 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 are highly vetted, professional interior designers
  • Designers can work around existing furniture pieces
  • Designers can recommend furniture, decor, wall color, wallpaper, window treatments, hardware and/or light fixtures
  • One flat, transparent design fee
  • Built-in photo gallery and social network makes it easy to get inspired and get feedback from the Stuccco community during the design process
  • Design package includes installation instructions so that you know how to implement your design or have someone easily do it for you
  • Homeowners can buy recommended items at once or at a pace that suits them
  • Homeowners can book a free design call to learn more and have designers recommended to them without committing to start or pay for projects
  • Designers are located in the USA, speak fluent English and are paid a fair wage
  • See FAQ page for even more helpful resources

Cons to Stuccco’s Online Interior Design Services

  • Prices are higher than the cheapest options (Havenly and Modsy) because Stuccco's designers offer a high-touch, personalized, done-for-you service and are not paid commission by a small pool of retailers

Example of Online Interior Design with Stuccco 

Empty living room before online interior design service

Before: Empty living room

Stuccco online interior design 3D render example

During the design process, 3D rendering of the room

Stuccco online interior design result example

After: Fully designed living room 

2. Havenly

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Havenly’s Services

  • Mini: $99 per room
  • Full: $179 per room; includes floor plan
  • 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

  • Designers only recommend products from a list of retail partners (you’re limited)
  • Designers work on commission (biased recommendations, sales pressure)
  • Lower-touch service
  • Homeowners must pay Havenly before a project starts
  • Homeowners must do designer research, choose and hire the designer on their own

More factors

  • Low-priced services often result in lower quality attention and results - designers have to complete a high volume of projects and are often working on many projects at the same time
  • You can choose your own designer, which can be empowering, but could also be overwhelming and time-consuming
  • The Havenly team can help you purchase your items. This could be useful because your design and purchases are centralized. However, it could be terrible because Havenly acts as a middleman, sourcing products on behalf of other companies. Some Havenly reviewers have shared that it was a nightmare when they needed to make a return.

3. Modsy

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Modsy’s Services

  • Premium: $159 per room by a junior designer with no phone support
  • 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

  • Many members of the design team are junior designers located offshore
  • 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
  • You pay extra if you want more pieces of furniture visualized (the up-front pricing is not transparent)
  • You do not work 1:1 with a designer unless you opt for the Luxe plan
  • Designers recommend products from a limited pool of big box retail partners (you’re limited)
  • Designers work on commission (biased recommendations)

More factors

  • Low-priced services often result in lower quality attention and results - designers have to complete a high volume of projects
  • You’re assigned a designer. You don’t have to sift through designers and choose one, which makes checking out fast. But you don’t have control over who you work with, which could be frustrating if you have a preference.
  • You can purchase your items directly on Modsy, similar to Havenly. This is potentially wonderful because your design and purchases are centralized, but also potentially terrible if you need to return an item because Modsy is a middleman.

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
  • 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)
  • Can be pricey and time-consuming if you opt for an Elite or Celebrity design package

More Factors

  • You can purchase your items directly on Decorist. Similar to Havenly and Modsy, the benefit is that your home design and purchases are centralized. The potential drawback is that Decorist is a middleman, which could make returns difficult.

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
  • 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 do not work on commission (no sales pressure)
  • Designers are not limited by what products they can recommend to you
  • Designers are paid a fair wage
  • One flat, transparent design fee
  • High-quality 3D renderings

Cons to Decorilla’s Online Interior Design Services

  • The priciest option that has the longest turnaround time
  • You’re unable to choose a certain designer - you must choose one of two designers assigned to you

Which Online Interior Design Service is Best For You?

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.

If you're somewhere in between these two poles (like most people), then online interior design will be your preferred path.

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!

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