Over the past few years, multiple online interior design platforms have been popping up all over the web. The Business of Home considers today to be “e-design’s moment.” Acknowledging the vast array of items one can buy over the internet, it’s no surprise that the industry has wised-up to the immense potential of opening up design services to online customers, and to those who might not have access or resources necessary to procure traditional interior design services.
Most online interior design services share the same underlying philosophy – sharing affordable designs, and providing customers with a love and appreciation for a well-designed space. Where these services differ pretty much comes down to the details of what a design engagement includes – price point, and the actual design process and experience.
While many companies provide these services, I’m going to compare the design experience and services of 3 different companies; Spacejoy, a Modsy alternative, Modsy, and Havenly. If you’d like to read a review of a few others, Architectural Digest published an excellent one a while back.
A fast-growing startup launched in 2019, Spacejoy is based out of the Bay Area in CA. Their focus is on combining a passion for designing spaces with 3D technology. Being a web designer myself, I found their website to be the most appealing and provide the most (but not too much) information at-a-glance. Essential features in their base package ($49) include working 1 on 1 with design experts, unlimited revisions, and the ability to shop from your designs. Spacejoy is a more affordable modsy alternative that doesn’t limit your revisions.
A Spacejoy 3D designA Spacejoy interior design completed
Modsy is another Bay Area venture started in 2015 that features 3D graphics. Their use of 3D technology allows users to swap out furniture within the design mockup easily, and there is a fun quiz to complete before starting an engagement. The base package starts at $80 and includes communication with a designer via email, and 2 revisions.
Top: A Modsy design rendering. Bottom: The finished product
Havenly, another Modsy alternative, was one of the first online interior design firms and is based out of Denver. They allow you the option of partnering with one of their designers of your choice, and you can buy what you like directly through their platform. Their entry-level package is the Havenly “mini,” for $69. With the mini, you can select a designer, get 1 on 1 time and get 3 initial ideas. You get multiple design revisions and a final design concept with a shopping list.
You can peruse the portfolios of many interior designers after completing a style quiz you get to select your designer.
You can peruse the portfolios of many interior designersAfter completing a style quiz you get to select your designer.
FEATURE COMPARISONS OF BASE PACKAGE
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To sum it up, all of these companies feature incredibly talented designers, and the results are stunning. If I had to choose one myself, I would go with Spacejoy – a great Modsy alternative. The platform offers the benefit of 3D visualization, but with unlimited revisions. Their base package is also the most affordable among the three.