A Totally Straightforward Explanation of What It Really Costs to Furnish a Room

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Most people get a bit uneasy when we start talking about how much money is needed to accomplish their interior design project so it looks and feels the way they want it to. It's totally understandable - we don't like to talk about money either! But often, their apprehension comes from simply not knowing what to expect in terms of how much everything that goes into their dream design actually costs. Their confusion is only compounded by unclear design budgets that make it difficult for them to figure out what kind of furnishings they can afford—and how much they actually want to spend.

Getting crystal clear on all of this information right from the start of a design project is key to everyone’s overall happiness! Working with a clear and established budget for your project allows us, your interior design team, to create your dream space without the drama of unexpected expenses or disappointed expectations, and which also means it allows you, the homeowner, to rest easy and truly enjoy the process.

Because we believe in transparency, we’re about to unveil what interior design projects actually cost...

...and the three budget levels homeowners follow most often. For the sake of example, we're pricing out a traditional living room and a dining room at three different budget levels.

Note: There are times in a project when we may suggest items that exceed your budget. This doesn’t mean you have to take our suggestion. It only means that we want you to be aware of your additional options and that we don’t want to lock you into a certain budget category. 


Living Room Interior Design Costs + Breakdown

 Photo Whitney Nichols Photography

Photo Whitney Nichols Photography

Level

Economy Level (Ikea) 

Mid-Range (Pottery Barn) 

High End  (trade-only)

Sub-total

$2500

$15,000+

$34,000+


Cost Breakdown

Item

Sofa

2 Chairs

Wool Rug, 8x10

Coffee Table

3 Occasional Tables

2 Table Lamps

2 Floor Lamps

4 Drapery Panels

Drapery Hardware

2 Natural Woven Shades

Light Fixture

Throw Pillows

Art + Accessories

Total

Mid-Range

$2900

$3600

$2000

$1200

$1500

$400

$900

$550

$750+

$240

$350

$175+

$3000

$15,766+

High

$4500+

$5000+

$5000+

$2000+

$3900+

$900+

$1600+

$2500+

$1000+

$750+

$1000+

$1000+

$5000+

$34,150+

+Not including shipping, delivery, installation, labor and hardware.


Dining Room Interior Design Cost + Breakdown

 photo by: Alice Patterson Photography

photo by: Alice Patterson Photography

Level

Economy (Ikea)

Mid-Range (Pottery Barn) 

High End(trade-only)

Sub-total

$1,500

$9,000+

$18,000+


Cost Breakdown

Item

Dining Table

6 Dining Chairs

Chandelier

Rug

Buffet

Mirror / Art

4 Drapery Panels

Drapery Hardware

Total:

Mid-Range

$1800

$300 / ea

$700

$1100

$1500

$1000

$500 (off the rack)

$750+

$9,000+

High

$3000

$500 / ea +

$1200+

$3000+

$4000+

$2000+

$2500+

$1000+

$18000+

++Not including shipping, delivery, installation, labor and hardware.

 

At Teaselwood Design, we get really excited about creating beautiful and inviting spaces for our clients and their families. We work closely with you to design a home that's all about the little details, designed with your lifestyle in mind. 

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