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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.

What’s the difference between an interior designer and an interior decorator?

Interior designers operate more on the architectural side of building projects. In conjunction with architects, they work on the design of a building or home to best suit the needs of the users or residents. Interior designers are generally experienced in construction and understand how architectural planning works, according to NewSchool of Architecture & Design. And some interior designers will perform the duties of an interior decorator.

Interior decorators, on the other hand, work with fabrics, accessories, furniture, art, colors, textures and materials to make the inside look fashionable and pleasant.

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.

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.

Reviews for Murray Hill interior designers
Nick B.
Great service had been provided! Everything was at highly professional level in every part of the working process! 100% satisfied by the final result! Highly recommend to any who need interior designer service!
Versions & IVersions & I
Arielle M.
Kiara at TopShelf Designed absolutely transformed our apartment! She did such a great job with the exterior that we hired her for interior design as well. She was able to get a sense of our aesthetic and found some super unique and personalized pieces -- so happy with her work and we would hire her again in a heartbeat!!
Top-Shelf DesignedTop-Shelf Designed
Roxane P.
Beyond Modern Interiors did a beautiful job with my apartment. Roni is a talented, responsible designer who respected my budget and pushed vendors and contractors to provide quality service at good prices. If you are wondering whether you need a designer, you should not hesitate to contact Roni at Beyond Modern Interiors. Her rates are very fair and her expertise in color, fabric and measurement will make your space look amazing and save you from making costly mistakes. I enjoyed working with her and I am sure you will also.
Beyond modern interiorsBeyond modern interiors
Mark k.
Very Good interior designer...Very understanding...he's does his best to get the look that you want in an affordable manner...Without him there is no way my place would look as good it is...Hiring him was without a doubt worth it
Matteo Design -PAY PER ROOMMatteo Design -PAY PER ROOM
Steph d.
Isy is a great interior designer. Very available with great taste and reasonable rates. She’s very engaged with her clients and listens to their needs while giving an honest opinion. She’s designed our whole house Out East in our North Fork. She’s got good taste and gives great advise. She’s quick, professional and can do high end design. We went for scandinavian modern and she was spot on with the mood boards and shopping list. I’d hire her again in the future.
Isy’s InteriorsIsy’s Interiors
Thumbtack Customer
I hired Lisa to help with design and material selection for my bathroom renovation. Lisa was absolutely terrific - very professional, extremely responsive and creative. She's got phenomenal taste and proposed ideas and solutions I wouldn't have thought of otherwise. Most importantly she was willing to work with me in a way that was very comfortable for me -- I was nervous about bringing such a small project to an interior designer -- but she was willing to consult with me as needed - which is exactly what I wanted. At the same time she brought creativity and energy to the project. She was very mindful of my budget, and proposed ways for me to save money along the way. Very professional. I would highly recommend her - can't say enough good things about her and can't wait to use her for my next project - the kitchen!!!
DBL Take DesignDBL Take Design
Thumbtack Customer
Imagine for a minute arriving in the trawling metropolis of New York City with only three suitcases and a box. You immediately start work and then spend every other waking moment over days, weeks and perhaps months hunting down your perfect apartment only then faced with moving into a white box. Time poor, and faced with the interior design skills of a fifth grader, what do you do? Of course you begin your research online but very soon become absolutely inundated with the plethora of options available: Everything from complete turnkey services for the cost of an arm and two legs to the other extreme where you upload floor plans and without any consultation you’re provided with a list of items you need to purchase and not really sure it’s the look you’re going for in a space you want to call home . Then you find Joe from Designs by Human. Joe provided the perfect balance between complete turn key and internet email; a personalized Human approach just as his namesake suggests. With his consultative style Joe met with me and spent time understanding what I was looking for: A warm design and a space that would feel like home — likely a tough ask (just imagine a typical New York apartment and a design that accommodates a place for overseas guest, a space to entertain and a place to work from home) and a client (me) who’s likes to get involved and is hands on. But Joe with his incredible patience absolutely nailed it. An amazing design in such a small space filled with interesting artistic elements and features integrated throughout my home. It feels warm and personalized incorporating elements of “me”, is complimented by my guests, and is certainly something that I’d never have managed to accomplish by myself. So if you're looking for someone to help with your own project I'd really recommend getting in touch with Joe from Designs by Human. Thanks Joe. I’m really glad we met and thanks for all your help!
Designs by HumanDesigns by Human
Thumbtack Customer
Furnishing a small rental apartment in NYC. I was downsizing from an old apartment and my existing furniture was too large and out of date. I didn't know where to begin. Arati has a great sense of style with a lot of experience in interior design. She quickly provided me a quite a few options and understood what I was looking for after just a few emails. I appreciate how diligent and budget friendly she was in getting the job done. I would definitely recommend her to anyone that wants to save time and money. Even though I'm just getting settled in... I'm looking forward to working with her again. 5 Stars!
Versions & IVersions & I
Christina S.
Maggie often joked about having the magic wand to make things better. Boy is that true. I hired Maggie right before the pandemic hit, causing our collaboration to last over a year. Not only did Maggie stand by us through the pandemic, getting some styling done remotely, but she used the time to learn our family and really understand not only our tastes, but our needs. In doing so, Maggie transformed nearly every room in our home from bare lifeless, colorless bones, to a warm, vibrant, welcoming home that reflects our personalities. Maggie is a gifted artist with clear visions for how colors, shapes, and styles work in a space. She gave us (loving) pushes to move outside of our comfort zones and the result is a home that my husband and I couldn't be more pleased with. These attributes, coupled with Maggie's motivated, resourceful, get it done personality, and her impeccable taste make for an interior designer/stylist that simply cannot be matched.
M Interiors Modern MixM Interiors Modern Mix
Thumbtack Customer
Finding an interior decorator is a lot like dating. You speak to a bunch of people and eventually decide to roll the dice and commit. You hope it works out because you are going to be working closely together for a while. I lucked out. Lisa was a perfect match for me and my project. She was very collaborative, but direct when she needed to be. Her instincts are great. She is very thorough and did a fantastic job keeping the project on budget so you don't have to worry about any of the details. She is reliable, trustworthy and hard working. She cares about you and the project. My apartment looks great. We added a lot of personal touches and did so on a modest budget. In fact, Lisa finds every way she can to save you money so she more than pays for herself. I highly recommend her for anyone looking for a highly collaborative and patient design parter!
DBL Take DesignDBL Take Design
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