Need professional help on a tight budget? These Web-based services offer a decorating plan and what-to-buy guidance for minimal expense.

By Emily Hsieh and Nicole Sforza
Updated September 02, 2015
Aubrie Pick

With room designs from $199, the process kicks off with an interactive style quiz. Once you've turned in answers and uploaded photos of your space, along with a list of the furniture you want to keep, a designer sends two different room plans and requests feedback. The third (and final) plan gives suggested layout tweaks incorporating your feedback, plus a clickable shopping list for new pieces to add to the mix.

This company charges a flat fee (from $50) for an in-person design consultation—offered in major cities only—and beyond that, an hourly rate (starting at $100). Live in a smaller town? Opt for a virtual experience and save 20 percent. You can also benefit by buying suggested products on your own, rather than through a designer, which often entails markups, and by using Homepolish's vendor discounts (Design Within Reach, CB2, and many more).

This virtual design firm charges a onetime fee per room (from $199 up). Start by viewing sample spaces and clicking "Love it" or "Leave it" to pinpoint your style. Then answer a few questions. (Do you have pets? Favorite furniture brands?) Next, upload pictures of the room. Designers send mood boards of ideas, and you select the one you like best and work with that designer virtually until you land on a plan. You'll get a shopping list, a layout, and how-tos to style your space.