How Much do Interior Designers Charge in New Jersey?

How much does it cost to work with an interior designer in New Jersey?

Your Construction Problem Solver 

If you need decorating help with your home, there has never been a better time! Furniture stores, retail stores like Renovation Hardware and even tile stores are set up to help clients with their decorating choices. 

While some stores may include design help with the purchase others may charge a fee added to the price of furnishings purchased at the store.

Or, better yet, you can hire an interior designer. An interior designer is qualified to help with not only furniture, but with kitchen and bath design, floorplan design, architectural review or simply paint color, plumbing or tile selection, etc.

The beauty of using an independent interior designer is that they work with clients in all aspects of design, remodeling and renovation. 

We work alongside contractors, trades people (electricians, plumbers, tile installers) architects and builders to keep the client’s project on track and everyone involved on the same ‘page.’

A designer’s fee is often based on an hourly charge for professional help. For instance, for  consultation and design services, a designer may offer a package that would include such things as: 
  • At home visits, including measuring the space and discussing client preferences

  • A floorplan, a furniture plan, a concept board and window treatment suggestions for one room or the entire home

A plan such as the one above could cost $125 per hour depending on the size of the room and the extent of the interior design project. The plan may specify a floorplan layout, the style and size of furniture, or finish and fabric suggestions. 

Sometimes if only an entire room needs a design plan the cost could be determined by the square foot method or flat fee method. Square foot percentages can range from $8.75 to $10 per square foot for design per room. 

Another aspect of design assistance is shopping with or for clients at retail stores. Here, the designer often charges an hourly fee (in NJ and Metro NYC typically from $125 to $250+ per hour depending on location). 

How To Start Your Project

What's the first step to making the changes you long for in your home?
After the initial meeting with a homeowner, the interior designer determines the extent of the help needed. At this two hour meeting, the designer will offer professional advice and suggest ideas that appear to be the most important to tackle first. She presents a proposal for services, that defines a retainer, the hourly fee or payment plan plus proposed schedule of work. 

While there is no one standard billing method, each design project should be custom-tailored to fit the needs and the budget of the client. Interior design is not only an art, it is professional expertise that pulls all the pieces together. 

Whether working with a client on a fixed fee, a flat fee, an hourly or a cost-plus fee, your designer will be working throughout the design process to insure that your ultimate goal of creating a beautiful home or commercial space that is on track in accordance with your budget and expectations.

Essentially, we solve our clients' design and construction problems, while creating beautiful spaces. 

Get started  on your project today, we would love to hear about your plans and what you need help with. 

For professional help, for a nudge to get started, for the best year ever,
 call Mary Alice at:

                            732 690-2030

M. A. Smith Interior Design
1288 Beauchamps Place, Toms River, NJ 08753
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5 Easy Steps to Refresh Your Home This Fall 

This is you and/or your designer- making your project happen with a Plan

The Fall season is finally at our doorstep - yay! But wait, all those projects you thought you were going to do last season  - are they still not done?

A project can be as small as re-arranging your bookcase or as large as planning a new kitchen or bath. Either way, the best laid plans all have one thing in common - a schedule. 

 I understand life gets in the way and other things beckon. But, nothing will change unless you do the following scheduled steps that I do to get started:

  • Start with a writing a list of the ONE thing that needs to be changed 
  • Create a file of pages of your favorite rooms, homes or gardens that you love or just go to Pinterest and create a board of the top rooms you love
  • Break the list into steps needed to complete your project
  • Add dates to complete each step onto your calendar
  • Call the one person who can help you complete the steps

For instance, our Master Bath cried for a renovation. However, I am so busy helping my clients with their renovations, I have little time to spare. But after working on the layout and selecting the tile, vanity, etc. we were ready to make our first appointment with the contractor, my plumber and my tile installer. Once you have your team in place, you'll find the project will get going. 

Now that our Master Bath is done, our Family Room is next on our list. Our ONE thing that needs to be changed is the paint color. I'll keep you posted with what I have in mind, but for now, I've got to go and do the ONE thing on my exercise list for today.

For professional help, for a nudge to get started, for the best year ever call Mary Alice at:

732 690-2030

1288 Beauchamps Place, Toms River, NJ 08753
Allied Member ASID

Serving New Jersey and Metropolitan New York City