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Hourly, Markup, or Flat: What is the Best Fee Structure for Interior Design Projects?

Maury brings over 20 years of experience of working with interior designers and bookkeepers. He brings his passion and respect for the arts to Fuigo, where he wants professional interior designers to have the tools and community to help them build successful and impactful businesses.

When choosing a fee structure for your design firm, you should factor in both short-term revenue, which relies on a profit-maximizing fee structure, and long-term growth, which depends on happy clients and referrals. The three most important questions to answer when considering your fee structure are:

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Farrow & Ball for DIFFA at Fuigo

Fuigo joined forces with Farrow & Ball to host a holiday event in honor of Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA). Over 200 guests attended the party to kick off the second-annual Windows By Design showcase. 16 designers were chosen to to create festive vignettes in Farrow & Ball's 16 showrooms nationwide.

Fuigo was excited to have the work of two of our members, Peti Lau and Kimille Taylor, included in the showcase.

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The Key to a Successful Design Project is Communication

Let’s imagine your in-laws have invited you to dinner in Boston, and you live in NYC. You know from experience that the drive is roughly 4 hours, so you leave the city 4 hours before dinner begins to make it on time. Everything is going smoothly until hour 2, when you hit massive unexpected traffic. Google Maps says it’ll take you an hour to get through the jam. My question to you is, when do you call your in-laws to tell them you’ll be late for dinner?

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Fixed-Fee Design Projects: Charging Fairly and Profitably

I think it’s fair to say that among the various ways designers charge clients, the fixed-fee (or “flat fee”) basis (at least as residential designers are concerned) is not as popular as others—e.g., presented price, cost-plus, etc. That’s unfortunate, particularly today, when projects are fewer in number, budgets are down, and prospective clients are more reluctant to start a project without having a real understanding of ultimate costs. Interestingly, over the past 12 to 15 months in my practice counseling designers, I notice more and more are being asked by their prospective clients to work on a fixed-fee basis.

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Fatima Ahmed is Keeping the Art of Handmade Textiles Alive

That is, at least, her goal.

As a Fuigo Resource Oracle, Fatima devotes her day to highlighting not only large textile houses, but also independent artisans who exist all over the world.

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