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Costs of Hiring an Interior Designer

Last updated: 25th Sep 2019

The average cost of hiring interior decorators in 2016 is around $80/hr. For simple interior decorating jobs, you can expect to pay a lower rate of $50/hr. However, if you have a large interior decoration project, you should get ready to spend around $100/hr.

Take note that these rates may still change as there are various factors that could affect the actual price.

Where do these prices come from?

All prices stated in this article are based on FY 2016 pricing data compiled by The figures resulted from a comprehensive analysis of quotes submitted by Interior Decorators on the site from July 2015 to July 2016.
Real Interior Designer Job Costs from a Customer

For $2,500, Roger from South Sydney hired a professional interior designer for a property styling job prior to the sale of his 2 bedroom house in 2016. This cost included the hire of custom furnishings to stage the house for photos and property inspections over 6 weeks.


Factors that influence interior decorating costs

There are many elements involved in the interior decorating process, so expect variations when it comes to the final cost. In determining the price of an interior decorating service, the first thing to consider is the interior designer’s qualifications. Seasoned interior decorators typically charge higher rates than those who are still new to the industry.

Another factor that can affect interior decorating costs is the complexity of the design you want. The size of your home is also an important aspect to look into.

Cost of interior designers

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Cost of interior designers by state

Interior designers in New South Wales charge an average price of $77/hr. This is a lot lower than the average rate that residents in Victoria are paying; the average cost of interior design and decorating in the state is around $85/hr.

Meanwhile, Queensland and Western Australia residents pay the same average price for interior design and decoration, which is approximately $90/hr.

Whether you want to increase the value of your home or just make it your ideal living space, relying on an interior designer’s expertise will benefit you in more ways than one. has a wide array of interior designers on the site who are ready to assist you with your project.


Pricing information correct as at August 2016.

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