Factors affecting cost of an interior design project

Factors affecting cost of an interior design project

The major factors affecting cost of an interior design project are :

  • Planning and designing of interior
  • Labor charges for implementation of interior design 
  • Cost of materials used for interior 
The cost of Material used is the Factor that varies a lot and hence has major affect on the budget of interior design project

Out of all the variables mentioned the cost of material used for interior design project  is the variable which has the biggest variety and hence has major effects on the total cost of project.

For example, cost of a particular design material can be Rs. 50 per unit up to Rs. 5000 per unit. It really depends on the quality of material and the brand you are going to use and the requirement of the design plan. The material choice like electric items (switches, lights, led’s), tiles, fabrics etc are the biggest elements that affect overall cost of the project.

Yet to give you an idea the overall cost of interior designer in India, Let’s take an example of a 2bhk flat of about 1100 square feet area: 

  • The approximate budget for interior design of this 2 bhk flat would be around 15 lac Rupees.
  • The interior designers would be charging about 10% of the project cost that is about 1,50,000 rupees.
  • Optionally, if the project is billed by per square feet model the interior designer fees would be Rs. 50 to 80 per square feet.
  • The interior designer may be working on your project for a flat fee which can range from 50,000 to 2,00,000 rupees 

Getting an entire 3 BHK designed would typically cost approximately INR 2, 50,000 in interior designer charges. and the Premium services can cost around rupees 3,00,000 and 5,50,000 rupees respectively, for such a 2 BHK and 3 BHK luxury flat interior designs in India.

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When you ask an interior designer in India what are your charges? 

Ideally the answer would be, my charges depends on :

  • The type of property or project
  • The total square feet area to be designed and
  • interior design theme etc

Yet to give you an idea: An interior designer in India charge anywhere between Rs. 50 per square feet to Rs. 100 per square feet. (This is assuming you are going for standard interior design for a home or a flat.) Obviously charges will be higher as per more luxurious interior designs and as per experience of designer.

The other costs you must account for other than charges for interior designer are: 

  • Buying the design materials
  • Fabrics
  • Civil work
  • Electrical and lighting work
  • Paints and touch-ups 



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then when you are sure that you need a professional touch of wisdom and experience to create a world class interior design for your property, next question is 

What Cost of hiring interior designer firm for my Home or office? 

This is one of the important and decisive question you get in mind. Well... Lets understand it by 2 ways: 

  • we will see 4 options by which interior designer charge fees
  • we will consider the exemplary costs per room of a home to give you an approximate idea 

The cost of hiring interior designer firm depends on factors like:

  • The experience of interior designer in your type of property
  • Systems involved in designing interior (number of other experts, software and contractors)
  • Type of your property and the design theme you selected to implement

To answer your question about the cost of interior design firm lets consider 4 ways by which an interior designer professional takes his fees for the project:

 4 ways by which interior designers charge fees 

1. Hourly charges for interior design consultation:

per hour charges for interior designer

The interior designer charges anywhere “from 3000 Rs. to 5000 Rs. ” per hour based on the experience and type of project, however this payment model of hourly fees is followed for smaller projects where interior designer calculates number of hours he or his staff invested for your project and bill accordingly.

2. The percentage of total project cost:

percentage sharing interior designer charges in united states

This way the fees range from 10% to 20% of total cost invested for project by you.

In simple terms this method is a way to ensure the interior designer is getting paid for his efforts in designing your home by marking up the costs for purchasing the material by 10 to 20%. This becomes margin to the interior designer behind every cost involved in decorating the property.

3. Fixed cost or Flat charges model:

fixed charges interior designer

Big projects are worked out in this manner, as the cost estimate will be given up on reviewing property and the cost would be fixed for completing the project as per agreement.

“The agreement” plays an important role here to ensure what you expect and what you get is 100% same. The interior designer also will make sure that all expectations and agreed terms will be there in the agreement like (color selection, budget for furniture, theme of interior design etc.)

The agreement or contract will protect both you and the interior designer with regards to the terms, costs and timelines for the interior design of your property. Anything that goes beyond initially agreed terms and is substantial would be added to additional fees to the interior designer.

4. Measurement or square feet basis fees for the project:

measurement based interior design united states

In this model you decide fixed fees per square feet for interior designer and upon completion of the project; the final amount is calculated based on total measurement of the designed area.

So based on average costs of interior design of a small family home is around Rs. 1,50,000 approximately. 

Interior designer charges of a Home will cost you about Rs. 1,50,000 to Rs. 3,00,000 based on average spent by home owners

Example of  interior designer charges and costs per room of a home

When above 4 models that defines how interior designer will be paid, does not seem to bring clarity about costs for interior design project, we can look at some average costs which can be used as reference point:

  • Bedroom interior design: Rs. 60,000 to Rs. 2,00,000
  • Living room interior design: Rs. 50,000 to Rs. 3,00,000
  • Bathroom designs: Rs. 50,000 to Rs. 1,00,000
  • Kitchen interior design: Rs. 60,000 to Rs. 4,00,000
  • complete flat interior design: Rs. 80,000 to Rs. 5,00,000 of charges for interior designer (depends on type of property and theme of interior) 


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In some cases there only one time consultation needed from an interior designer. Here the fee depends on the project type, complexity of interior design and the consultation time invested by interior designer. This type of charges range from Rs. 40,000 to Rs. 1,00,000 one time consultation fees for interior design.

Hiring an hourly professional might sound more expensive, but the per-hour arrangement lets you dissolve your relationship at any time and gives you more freedom and control.

With a flat-fee decorator, you pay for the entire job, even if you part ways early on. A decorator might charge you to shop for samples (paint chips, plumbing fixtures, fabric samples, carpet squares) or do research. Keep that in mind when getting your bids.

If you are interested in knowing some of the known strategies to save costs when working with an experienced interior designer, check our section on How to save costs when working with an experienced interior designer  

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