Interior Design Budgets

November 5th, 2013 by ifi-admin

Budgets are key to any project but often cause concern. People often fear telling a designer their budget because they fear she will “spend it all.”  Actually, that is probably true, we will.   A designer’s job is to know the client’s budget and do as much as she/he can with that budget.

If a client tells me they have $40,000 for a room, I’m going to use every cent of that $40,000 to get them the best quality they can afford.  Similarly, if a client has $20,000 for a room, I’m going to use all of it, too, so that they can have the best they can afford.  Is the client who spent $20,000 getting the same thing the client who spent $40,000 is?  No, definitely not.

Good looking design can be had in several different price points, but because you really do get what you pay for, you will most likely find yourself replacing a lower cost sofa, for example, in the very near future. A good quality, classic, sofa might last 25 years or more with reupholstery. Long term, it usually pays to get better quality. And the overall look on the higher end is more detailed, refined, and higher quality.


Pottery Barn


Sofa $500 $2200 $3500+
2 Chairs 250 2600 4400
Area rug 350 2000 5000
Coffee table 100 750 1500
3 Occasional tables 100 1200 3000
2 table lamps 100 300 900
2 floor lamps 80 600 1500
4 curtain panels 100 400 1800
Curtain hardware 100 750 1000
Light fixture 50 350 1000
Throw pillows 125 500 800
Art and accessories 100 3000 5000
Ship/del, paint, elec., design fee, etc. 0 0 0
Total $1955+ $14,650+ $29,400+

If your budget is less than the quality you want to strive for, we can do a master plan so you can purchase your items over a period of time and in the end, have exactly what you have dreamed of!

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