The Best Online Interior Design Services Reviewed and Compared

There’s never been a better time to design your home. Just five years ago, if you wanted to improve the look of your home, your options were subpar. You’d either have to do it yourself (DIY) or hire an in-person interior designer.

Doing a project yourself requires a lot of time, tools and an eye for design. Hiring an in-person interior designer is expensive - typically between $2,000 and $5,000, excluding the cost of furniture and decor and the value of your time meeting in person.

Because each of these options have flaws, which puts interior design out of reach for most people, something called online interior design was born.

What is online interior design?

Briefly, online interior design is like in-person interior design, except you work with your designer over the internet and telephone and implement the final designs on your own.

How does online interior design work?

Using an online interior design platform, you share info about the room you want designed and hire a designer using a simple checkout process. You communicate with your online interior designer virtually using the platform, email and/or telephone (no in-home or local visits necessary). At the end of the project, you get a complete 3D rendering of your newly designed room, a clickable shopping list of all of the items to purchase and detailed setup instructions you can follow to implement the design on your own - or have a contractor implement for you.

How does online interior design compare to DIY or traditional in-person design?

Online interior design is more affordable than in-person design, the results are better than the average DIY project and it is more efficient than both options. Below is a brief breakdown of how each path compares to each other.


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. Before we jump in, let’s call out the elephant in the room, which is that you’re reading this review on Stuccco’s website so you might think it’s biased.

We genuinely tried to make this article as honest and as complete as we could given all the info we’ve gathered about each platform over the years. We’ve talked to designers, homeowners and renters who have used the different platforms. We’ve also thoroughly reviewed all of the content available on the platform’s websites to make sure our summaries are complete and accurate.

We’ve even included links to each platform so that you can click over and validate the truth in our summaries if you want. If you have any suggested changes, please email us at info@stuccco.com so that we can make any necessary updates to this review.

Our goal is to help you. We certainly hope that you choose Stuccco for your next home design project. But if you don’t, that’s totally cool. Our main goal is to make sure you find the interior design path or online interior design platform that you feel is the best fit for you! With that said, let’s dive in :)

Five popular online interior design platforms and how they compare

Below are the five best online interior design platforms in the United States and Canada. Each of these platforms have been in operation since 2015 or earlier so they are well-established and fully functional.

Every platform:
  • Connects you with an interior designer
  • Offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee
  • Offers an easy-to-use, clean, intuitive user experience
  • Works with your existing furniture, style, budget and room dimensions
 

Stuccco (learn more)

Services:
  • Room Refresh ($99 per room; turnaround time: 14 days or less) - you get a final design board and shopping list
  • Classic Design ($499 per room; turnaround time: 14 days or less) - you get a final lifelike design, a floor plan, shopping list and design instructions.
Pros:
  • Designers are highly vetted
  • High-touch service
  • 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 lifelike design renderings of your exact room designed
  • Built-in photo gallery and social network makes it easy to get inspired and get feedback from the Stuccco community while completing a project
  • Classic design package includes installation instructions so that you know how to implement your design or have someone easily do it for you
  • Your designer can buy items for you OR you can buy them on your own
Cons:
  • Prices are slightly higher than the cheapest options (Havenly and Modsy) so that you receive personalized attention and higher quality deliverables.
It Depends:
  • By default, Stuccco matches you with a designer using an algorithm that considers designer availability and quality. This eliminates a lot of overwhelm from you having to sift through a lot of designers. If you're unhappy with a designer, they're happy to match you with a different one, no questions asked. If you want to select your own designer (rather than be matched), you can easily do so from the Designers page.


Havenly (learn more)

Services:
  • Consult - ($19 per room; turnaround time: 1 business day) - you get design advice, which may include a shopping list
  • Mini - ($69 per room; turnaround time: it depends on the number of revisions you require) - you get a final design board and shopping list
  • Full - ($179 per room; turnaround time: it depends on the number of revisions you require) - you get a final design concept, floor plan and shopping list
Pros:
  • Designers are vetted, based in the U.S. and Canada and speak fluent English
  • You can buy items on Havenly.com
Cons:
  • Designers recommend products from a list of retail partners (you’re limited)
  • Designers work on commission (biased recommendations, sales pressure)
It depends:
  • Low-priced services (affordable, but often results in lower quality attention and results because designers have to complete a high volume of projects)
  • You can choose your own designer (it’s on you, which is empowering but could also be overwhelming and time-consuming)
  • The Havenly team can help you purchase your items. This is potentially good because your design and purchases are centralized. It is also potentially terrible because Havenly is 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.
 

Modsy (learn more)

Services:
  • Classic - ($69 per room; inital designs in 5-8 days, final design turnaround time varies) - a 3D room design by the Modsy team (only two revisions allowed)
  • Premium - ($129 per room; inital designs in 5-8 days, final design turnaround time varies) - a 3D room design by the Modsy team (unlimited revisions allowed)
  • Multi-room - ($299 for three rooms; inital designs in 5-8 days, final design turnaround time varies) - a 3D room design by the Modsy team with 1:1 design support
Pros:
  • You get a 3D rendering for all plan types
  • Access to furniture discounts
  • You can buy items through Modsy's website
Cons:
  • Many members of the design team are junior designers located offshore
  • Modsy creates your existing room in 3D but after that, you use Modsy’s 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 purchase a Premium or Mult-room plan
  • You cannot talk to your designer on the phone (only via email) unless you purchase the Premium plan
  • Designers recommend products from a list of big box retail partners (you’re limited)
  • Designers work on commission (biased recommendations)
It depends:
  • Low-priced services (affordable, but this could result in lower quality attention and results)
  • 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. This is potentially wonderful because your design and purchases are centralized. It is also potentially terrible if you need to return an item because Modsy is a middleman.
 

Decorist (learn more)

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

Services:
  • Classic ($299 per room; turnaround time: 2-3 weeks) - you get a final room design, a room layout and a shopping list from an up-and-coming designer
  • Elite ($599 per room; turnaround time: 2-3 weeks) - you get a final room design, a room layout and a shopping list from a designer with 5+ years of experience.
  • Celebrity ($1,299 per room; turnaround time: 1-2 months) - you get a final room design, a room layout and a shopping list from a high-profile designer and a 30 minute phone call with a project manager.
Pros:
  • 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:
  • Designers recommend products from a list of retail partners (you’re limited)
  • Designers work on commission (biased recommendations)
  • Can be pricey and time-consuming if you opt for an Elite or Celebrity design package
  • No 3D/lifelike renderings of your design are available in any plan type
It depends:
  • You can purchase your items directly on Decorist. This is potentially wonderful because your design and purchases are centralized. It is also potentially terrible if you need to return an item because Decorist is a middleman.
 

Decorilla (learn more)

Service:
  • $449-$1,699 per room, depending on the room type; turnaround time: 3-4 weeks. You get a final 3D rendering of your newly designed room, shopping list and floor plan.
Pros:
  • 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:
  • The priciest option that has the longest turnaround time
  • You’re unable to choose a certain designer (you must choose one of two designers picked for you)

Which option is best for you?

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 no 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 for you. Use sites like Houzz or Homepolish 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. There are a variety of online interior design companies available to you (as shown above). Based on our deep understanding of the competitive landscape, we believe that Stuccco online interior design offers the best blend of affordability, design quality, turnaround time and customer service :)

To learn more about Stuccco Online Interior Design, click here. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email (info@stuccco.com), call (1-833-788-2226) or send us a message via live chat.

Happy designing!

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