What are the interior designer costs per room in India?

By Maria Dinshaw | Oct 2021

When you are thinking about designing your home, there are so many decisions to be made. One of the most important ones is a budget. Fixing a budget for a residential interior design can be quite overwhelming to think about because there are so many costs to think about. Luckily for you, we are experts at it!

The luxury home designers at Nitido Design have crafted many beautiful luxury homes. They are well-versed with the intricacies of the interior design of a luxury residential house. From big picture items such as square feet and materials to smaller details such as finishes and decor. We have condensed their experience and expertise into an easy guide to interior designer expenses. In this article, we will take you through the different factors that make up the budget as well as the interior designer costs per room in India.

Here is a guide on interior designer costs per room in India

Different Factors in Interior Designer Costs

Before we jump into the components, it is useful to know some big picture numbers. The range for luxury home designers starts at about 3 lakh to 7 lakhs. It will vary depending on the choice of interiors and the size of the project. We have a handy rule: If you want to calculate a rough estimate, interior designing costs will generally be 10%-15% of the property cost. In larger homes such as villas, that percentage would be 30%-35%.

To gain more clarity into what you will be paying for if you are hiring a luxury home designer for your home, let’s look at the different factors that decide the interior designer’s costs.

  • Square Feet of the rooms: An interior designer can charge between Rs 50 to Rs 500 for every square foot of the rooms in the house. This price will increase depending on what work is being done in the room. For instance, carpentry work or soft furnishings in the living room, adding wardrobes in the bedroom, or building a modular kitchen would all increase the price to Rs 2,000 or Rs 3,000 per square feet.
  • Percentage of the entire cost: We can use percentages as a handy tool once again. A luxury home designer makes an estimation of the whole project inclusive of services and products to get the total cost. They charge about 6-15% of the total cost as a design fee.
  • Markup or premium on the products: The interior designer charges each product with a premium amount that varies from one project to another.

Apart from the basic costs, there are other costs that vary depending on the nature of the client’s wants.

  • Fee for the site visit: The first three or four site visits might be included in the total charge, but any more than that may cost about Rs 1500 approximately for every visit.
  • Fee for an iteration: If you ask the designer to make multiple changes, then after the third or fourth iteration, every replacement will be chargeable.
  • Cost for only design: If you want only ideas of designing and not any actual service, then the interior designer will charge about Rs 20,000 to Rs 50,000 for placement for furniture and decor suggestions. For a 3D view of the final decor, the charges might be Rs 75,000 to Rs 1 lakh or more.
  • Cost of site supervision: If you want the installation of furniture and other tasks to be supervised by the interior designer, then that will be chargeable too.

Luxury Interior Designer Costs for the Living Room

The living room is often the biggest, uninterrupted space in a house. It is a lounge to unwind in after a long day at work. It is a sitting room to entertain friends and family. It is a space that sets the tone for the rest of the house. It is an important room in terms of aesthetic and function. So, the cost of designing and decorating it is proportional to that.

The biggest chunk of the living room budget is the furniture. A living room needs sofas, chairs, side tables, coffee tables, and a console amongst other things. Depending on the quality and quantity of the items you purchase, the cost of furniture will be around Rs 30,000 to Rs 2 lakhs. The next big item is lighting – ambient lights, floor lamps, accent lights, table lamps, chandeliers. These can amount to Rs 15,000 to Rs 85,000. The larger the living room, the more lighting is required to fill it. Learn more about how to light a room with high ceilings.

The most variable part of your living room design is perhaps the decor. Mirrors, paintings, books, and so on come under this category. We can also lump in curtains, carpets, rugs, and other textiles under this. You may be carrying items from your previous home, you may be buying everything new. You might even be an artist and fill the space with your own creations! In our experience decor normally adds up to somewhere between Rs 10,000 to Rs 50,000.

In all, you will need to budget Rs 20,000 to Rs. 50,000 approximately for a living room with basic interiors and furniture. If you amp up the luxury factor, then you can budget somewhere between Rs 1 lakh to Rs 5 lakhs. 

Luxury Interior Designer Costs for Bedrooms

An oasis within an oasis, our bedrooms are our ultimate haven in our homes. This can be done to your taste – minimal, urban modern, bohemian, classic – the options are endless. The good news is that bedrooms need not have a lot of furniture. However, even the most minimal bedrooms need at least a few elements – a closet space, a couple night stands, and a comfortable bed of course! In addition to that, it would need at least a basic lighting set up. The design for such a bedroom would come up to Rs 35,000 to Rs 50,000.

This cost would increase if the bedroom is more luxurious. For instance, if you want more customization of the existing space such as custom ceilings, floors, panels, or bed frames. The average cost for the interior designer for a customized bedroom lies somewhere between Rs 35,000 to Rs 2 lakhs.

Luxury Interior Designer Costs for the Kitchen

From a relatively small area, kitchens can rack up quite a cost. So be prepared. There are a couple of things that influence the luxury home designer expenses. First, the quality of materials used in the interiors. Are the countertops made of marble, granite, or laminates? What kind of wood, tiles, glass, and metal are you using for the cupboards and cabinets? Second, the amount of plumbing and electrical work required. How much of it needs to be made, changed, or upgraded if it is a renovation?

Lastly and more importantly, the level of customization in the kitchen. A fully modular or semi-modular kitchen will be equipped with custom fittings such as built-in stoves, made to measure cabinets, and high end kitchen appliances. Such a kitchen will cost between Rs 1 lakh to Rs 5 lakhs. A simpler kitchen can be under Rs 1 lakh.

However, a modular kitchen is worth the cost. It is space-saving, cost-efficient, and more organized. It is also easier to maintain and repair, since it is made up of modules that are movable and replaceable.

Luxury Interior Designer Costs for Bathrooms

The cost will depend upon the quality and brand of tiles, bathtubs, showers, cabinets, and toilets. Other bathroom accessories such as faucets, lights, steam showers, and fans also add to the cost. Apart from these you have to pay charges for electricity and plumbing work. It will cost you between Rs 10,000 to Rs 1 lakh or more based on your choice.

Putting it all together: Interior designer costs for Luxury Homes

The cost of interior designers for every room in the house depends on a lot of factors. It can be difficult sometimes to estimate the budget of the whole home when every element of it has so many variations. We can help you there!

Nitido Design has crafted the interiors for many luxury residential homes. From small urban apartments to lavish villas to elegant townhouses and everything in between. The costs for the interior design for one bedroom apartments can range from Rs 2 Lakh to Rs 3.5 Lakh with a basic finish. If you want interiors with a premium finish, it can go up to as much as 5 Lakhs. If it’s a two bedroom home, the interior designer costs range between Rs 3.5 Lakh to Rs 7 Lakh for basic quality. A premium home can cost upto anything between 7 Lakh to 10 Lakh. For larger homes with three or more bedrooms, the prices vary a lot more. It mainly depends on the square footage of the residential house, but you can expect the interior design to cost between Rs 7 lakh to Rs 20 lakh.

There you have it! While the expenses for a luxury home designer can seem a lot, there are so many reasons that it is worth it. Learn more about how a luxury interior designer can help you craft a better home! Or better yet, give us a call and we’ll be more than happy to answer all and any of your questions!

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