Shall I go for most expensive interior designer firm or most economic one?
choose most expensive interior designer firm ? or most economic one ?
interior designer charges typically vary with their expertise and experience, highly experienced interior designer charge the highest amounts, and you probably do not need the highest possible interior designer in the city to work on your property as it could be super expensive.
Having said that, you also don’t want to be working with really inexperienced interior designer who is just starting out or who will charge ridiculously low fees compared to other interior design firms.
In such cases you are at the risk of losing entire efforts you put in decorating the property and it will look way below standards than you expected, even though you spend significant costs on designing it.
Ideal case would be interior designer with moderate charges and significant experience in your type of property who can give justice to your expectations and beautify the property to fullest possible extent.
This is because, you still will be on winning side even if you choose slightly highly charged interior designer as he will ensure that the money you invested for interior designing of your home or office would not be wasted !!!
… and you do not end up losing the look and feel of your home due to poor quality of interior design.
You may also like to know 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
cost of interior designer in India : fees, charges involved
so... You decided to go for professional help for getting world class interior for your property. If not decided yet and you still believe that you would save few thousand dollars by doing it by your own common sense then you will get best value from our guideline on Do I really need interior designer ? or I can do it my way...
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:
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:
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:
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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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
- Civil work
- Electrical and lighting work
- Paints and touch-ups
What is advantage if I hire an interior designer in India vs doing it on my own?
Well this is very natural to believe that it is easy to design as per my choice and think that you will save some costs by doing it yourself… after all its your home and you could design it well right? Not really !!! reading facts and points mentioned in our section on is it really worth going for this cost of hiring interior designer for my property ? will help you in making your decision.
So, when you go for an experience interior designer; you will get to know that Planning and designing is the most important part of the overall project and that’s where an experienced interior designing company adds real value.
Those perfect looking rooms and appealing office spaces are not designed by accident; it is science as well as art. You just cannot become an expert interior designer for your home in mere couple of day’s time.
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
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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