Find an interior designer near Royal Oak, MI

Find an interior designer near Royal Oak, MI

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2. Interiors By Sonia
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4.9 from 12 reviews
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  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves Royal Oak, MI
Sonia definitely has a gift when it comes to interior design. She is wonderful at helping you figure out your style and making your vision a reality. In our office, we started with a picture. It is an old 16x20 framed picture of my grandfather and his two brothers in the Navy. I showed her the picture and told her it would be the most important part of the room so no matter what we did this picture had to fit in somewhere. We couldn’t love our office more. We haven’t changed a thing in any of the rooms she helped us with over the past four years other than having to rearrange the office to fit in a piano. I walk around our house and there are so many stories within the details. I had brought home this clock that I loved. I thought it would work in the office but it didn’t. I showed it to Sonia and told her how disappointed I was that it wouldn’t work. She responded, “I know exactly where you can hang it”. She walked over and held it up on a wall in between our kitchen/dining area and it was perfect. I found a picture at Bed Bath and Beyond that I loved but it was way too large for our entryway. I sent her a picture of it. She said to buy it and hang it in the upstairs hallway. It looks amazing!!. We had been on the hunt for a rug for our front door/entryway/office area. We couldn’t find anything. I saw this rug online with all the right colors but it looked terrible. Just being silly, I sent her a picture of it and she replied with “YES”. I appeased her and ordered it knowing as soon as it got here I would be returning it. It is gorgeous and couldn’t be anymore perfect!! She has the ability to be able to look at something and know right away it won’t work. Other things might get a “maybe” or a “let’s try it” but there are so many times that she just knows instantly it is a “yes”. We couldn’t find a rug for our dining room table. One day she was out shopping and said she found the perfect rug. The rug she found pulls the entire room together. I am sure you can tell that we have thoroughly enjoyed working with Sonia on all of our room transformations and will continue to do so in the rooms we haven’t tackled yet.

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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What do interior designers do?

Interior designers do much more than pick complementary paint colors and choose matching furniture — although those tasks are important parts of the job. Unlike decorators, interior designers usually have an associate of science degree or certificate of achievement in interior design from an accredited program. They’re trained in drafting, lighting and computer aided design (CAD), and are experts in room-specific design and residential space planning. Interior designers use these skills to plan and design safe, highly functional and beautiful interior spaces, from kitchens and bathrooms to family rooms and bedrooms. They determine space requirements, work within building codes and inspection regulations, and meet accessibility standards. An interior designer’s day-to-day job includes creative and technical tasks, both of which often require great communication skills:

  • Creating model rooms and visuals using design software.
  • Researching different textiles, materials, finishes, lighting and furniture.
  • Hiring suppliers, vendors, and contractors.
  • Estimating costs and making bids on potential jobs.

How much do interior designers charge?

You can hire an interior design for a job as basic as a one-room consultation or as complex as supervising the design of an entire new home, helping with space planning, choosing color palettes, and shopping for furniture, flooring and artwork. The size and scope of the job will determine how much an interior designer charges; the average national cost for an interior designer ranges from $75 to $100 or more per hour. Other cost factors include the person’s reputation — interior designers to the stars are usually more expensive — and region. Most interior designers charge an average of $100-$225 for an initial consultation, but some will charge an hourly rate, usually starting at an average of $50, for larger projects that require extensive consultations. Hourly rates may be available for smaller projects, such as redecorating a living room or staging a home for sale; for instance, shopping and consulting can cost an average of $75 to $100 per hour, while staging costs and average $95 per hour. For many homeowners, a percentage of an interior designer’s cost is recouped through the professional discounts they receive from their vendors.

How do you choose an interior designer?

Choosing an interior designer is all about finding one whose signature style fits well with your tastes and who can work within your budget. To choose the right professional for your interior design project, ask yourself these five questions:

  • What is your signature style? Good interior designers can both describe their personal aesthetic and demonstrate their signature style through their portfolios. Make sure it appeals to you.
  • How will you make sure the design fits my lifestyle? Good designers understand that the interior design must improve a homeowner’s experience in their home and fit into their lifestyle; for example, a white suede sofa is a poor choice for a family with large dogs and small children.
  • How much do you charge? Depending on the project, an interior designer may charge an hourly rate, a flat fee or a percentage of the project’s total cost.
  • How will you stick to my budget? An interior designer should have a plan for staying within your budget, which includes full transparency of costs and flexibility when choosing materials and furnishings.  

Because an interior design project is highly collaborative and based on hard-to-define personal preferences, it’s most important to choose a designer who communicates clearly and listens closely to you.

How do you find a good interior designer?

For many homeowners, the difference between a good interior designer and a bad one is simply a matter of taste — but all good designers have similar skill sets. Interior designers usually have a degree or certificate in interior design, with training in design principles and lighting, drafting, and computer aided design (CAD) software. Good interior designers have strong color balancing skills and understand how different colors influence spatial perception and moods. They know the building and electrical codes in the areas where they practice, and they make sure that any contractors they hire also work to those codes. They are knowledgeable about different upholstery fabrics and draperies, stay ahead of residential design trends, and maintain their own individual creativity. Also, good interior designers have excellent space designing skills, so they can arrange a space efficiently and with ideal traffic flow. Ultimately, hiring a good interior designer means pinpointing one whose signature style is complementary to your personal style — so checking out many designers’ portfolios is a must — and whose communication methods match yours.

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