Technology these days allows us to have more knowledge than we can possibly consume right at our fingertips. Searching for an interior designer is no exception. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when thinking to yourself, I want to search for interior designers near me, but have no idea where to start. Fret not, because we have compiled our favorite ways to get outstanding and affordable interior design help.
Our countless experiences with talented interior designers have encouraged a closer look at the best tools to find professional interior designers with outstanding talent. Here’s our round-up of the top 7 ways to find designers near you.
1. Angie’s List
SUMMARY: Angie’s List is a great community of people nationwide who use this site to search for the best of the best local service providers from roofers to dentists, to interior designers, Angie’s list has it all. Angie’s List member submit over 60,000 reviews a month so you can rest easy knowing that you a hiring a great local pro.
PRO: They take precautions to ensure that service pros can’t manipulate their reviews or grade ratings.
CON: You have to pay a membership fee if you want full access to hiring a pro or viewing certain parts of their website.
SUMMARY: All clients experience a complete and personalized interior design help beginning with an initial one-on-one consultation and interactive questionnaire to start. They have vetted top affordable interior designers in 25 major US cities and pair you with two designers who match your style preferences and budget so that client can see visual proposals before committing to one designer. Clients are in constant communication with their chosen designer, who works with them to finalize the design.
Among other things, clients say they love the: in-home and phone consultations, savvy user friendly online platform, realistic 3D renderings for easy visualization, and online shopping assistance with 10% to 25% discounts at popular stores like Wayfair, Restoration Hardware, West Elm, Design Centers and many more.
With custom hourly and flat rate packages it’s easy to get interior designers near you at an affordable interior design price. Each flat rate package includes photorealistic 3D renderings (incorporating new and existing items together to scale), a color palette, floor plan, and online shopping list using great designer discounts.
PRO: Ability to work with a local interior designer on your schedule or have the flexibility of working with an online interior designer from anywhere.
CON: They don’t have designers in all 50 states yet.
3. Home Advisor
SUMMARY: Home Advisor is a great way to find local interior design help and also gives you a ton of great info in the process! While searching for an interior designer near me, I found out that the national average cost to hire an interior designer is $5,972! Wow, that number surprised me! Then I saw the next fun fact, the typical range to hire a designer starts at $1,800. Of course there are so many talented designer out there who can help fulfill all of your design needs while staying within your budget. If you live in an area where local interior designers aren’t readily available to you consider going with an online interior designer who can help at a fraction of the national average!
Fun fact: Home Advisor has a feature called “true cost guide” where you can search by room and get an idea as to what typical home projects cost. Similar to Thumbtack, Home Advisor asks a few brief questions about your design project and matches you to the best local designers near you!
PRO: The “DesignMine” page where you can scroll through thousands of home design photos and ideas.
CON: You have to give your address before you can get the results of your local pro’s, which may be a hesitation for some people.
SUMMARY: LinkedIn definitely top’s our list for an easy way to find fast results for local interior designers near you. In fitting fashion, LinkedIn’s Profinder asks you a few simple questions about your design needs and then you receive their compiled list of designers in your area.
We can’t help but love what they had to say about this industry that brings constant inspiration, “Interior Design is relatively new, constantly evolving, and often confusing to the public. Interior design is the art and science of enhancing the interiors, sometimes including the exterior, of a space or building, to achieve a healthier and more aesthetically pleasing environment for the end user.”
PRO: Right off the bat you can see a few of the local design help without even filling out the questionnaire.
CON: Goes hand in hand with the pro above! Make sure you are communicating all of your design needs clearly, as if you had filled out the questionnaire.
Worried that talented local interior designers are too hard to find in your location? Check out our round up of the 7 best online interior design services for even more options.
5. Thumbtack Interior Designers
SUMMARY: Thumbtack is not only a great way to find local interior designers, you can also search for anything from personal trainers to wedding officiants! Chances are, if you’re looking for it, Thumbtack has a recommendation of professionals in the area. They start with a very detailed process to enter your needs. For example starting the process you are asked the number of rooms in the scope of work, then you will be asked to specify which room you would like and interior designers help with. Keep in mind you have to know an approximate square footage of your space before completing the questionnaire! (ex: 500-1,000 sq ft). You then go into questions about your personal design style and how involved you want the interior designer to be. Then, bam! There are your results for the best local interior design help near you.
PRO: The very detailed question process that narrows down the right designer for you.
CON: I want to see images of designers work right away. I found it difficult to choose someone from their profile picture.
SUMMARY: It’s safe to say Houzz is arguably one of the best places to get lost for hours in design inspiration. On top of the countless beautiful images and links on where to buy all of these things, you can also search for local interior design help. A simple click on the “Find Professionals” tab will take you right where you need to be. From here it’s easy to scroll through and see images, reviews, and how many projects they’ve completed in your area. Houzz makes it super easy to see the designer’s portfolios and other website info as well.
PRO: We love using Houzz idea boards to save inspiration images. You can even invite your husband, or designer to collaborate on it.
CON: Sometimes navigating around Houzz can be a little overwhelming with all the information it has to offer
7. Yelp Interior Designers Near Me
SUMMARY: Yelp is everyone’s best friend when it comes to finding a great local place to eat, but did you know you can also search for interior designers near you? Simply type interior design services in your search bar and instantly see all the designers in your area. Easily access the designer’s websites and contact info. We advise you reach out to the designer and let them know all of your design needs up front so you can get an accurate quote.
PRO: We love reading Yelp’s honest customer reviews, especially when the business responds back to comments!
CON: Don’t believe every review you read. Many companies take to yelp to write negative reviews about competitors and some positive reviews are from friends of the business as well.
With so many incredible companies right at your fingertips it is easier than ever to find the local interior design help you’ve been looking for, or didn’t even know you were looking for until now! Schedule a free interior design consultation with Decorilla to see which options are right for you.
Written by Decorilla interior designer, Brittany S.