Modsy Review - Personalize Your Dream Home?

By Lydia Noyes
HighYa Staff Published on: Nov 20, 2018

Modsy is a virtual home design service launched in 2016 by Google alum Shanna Tellerman. The company website that’s that they provide a middle ground between decorating a room yourself and hiring an interior designer.

Taking into account your style preferences, the program utilizes 3D visualization technology to provide style ideas and let you see how specific furniture fits in the space. For a onetime purchase, you will receive two stylistic renditions of your room and unlimited opportunities to personalize the design yourself.

How Does Modsy Work?

Modsy uses photos of your home to render a 3D design that matches your style preferences. This lets you visualize your room with real pieces of furniture from leading brands, allowing you to see how they would fit precisely within the space. You can also request (for an additional cost) that the design include pieces of furniture you already own or change the floors or walls to match future renovation plans.

Selecting Your Space with Modsy

To begin the process for a 3D rendering, you will first tell Modsy about your project through the company website by specifying the room you are renovating and the level of change you want.

At the time of writing, room options included living rooms, bedrooms, office spaces, bedrooms, dining rooms, and entryways. Because the program doesn’t support physical changes to space, bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, and outdoor areas weren’t options at the time of writing.

How to Send Photos

Next, you will send photos of your space to Modsy. The company needs a minimum of eight photographs (more is encouraged), and the images should show every feature in the area from floor to ceiling.

These photos are used to render realistic models of your room, so the more detail you can provide about the way you use the space the better. For instance, the company website states that it’s smart to note whether you want a tv in your living room or require the area to be pet-friendly.

There’s no reason to empty the room before taking pictures, so long as the photos showcase essential details like the floors, windows, and fixtures. Modsy suggests using the panorama feature on your camera and taking advantage of natural light.

Once you submit your room’s photos and dimensions, the Modsy team will review your pictures within 24 hours. You will receive an email about whether your photos are approved that provides suggestions if you need to resubmit them.

About the Modsy Style Quiz

After you upload your photos, the website will prompt you to take a style quiz that gives the designers insight into your style preferences. The quiz requires you to select the room designs you like most from approximately a dozen, and then designate whether you love or hate specific furnishings within them.

At the end of the quiz, Modsy will attempt to label your style preferences. For instance, my result was “vintage farmhouse.” If you disagree, the company suggests taking the quiz several more times or messaging them with concerns.

You will also choose a budget for your project to give the designers an idea of furniture options that will work for you.

About Modsy Custom Design Plans

Over the next two or three weeks, the Modsy team of designers will create two custom 3D renderings for your room. Your design will be filled with furniture that matches the specifications you requested and your style quiz results.

The amount of revision requests you can make depends on the package you purchase (more on this later), but you will have unlimited access to the Modsy software to make changes once you receive it.

How to Buy Furniture from Modsy

Once you land on design elements that you like, you will have the option to buy specific pieces of furniture from Modsy’s collection of over 100 designers, including CB2, West Elm, Restoration Hardware, Design Within Reach, Crate & Barrel, and Wayfair. The company offers a centralized shopping cart, meaning that you can make purchases from multiple retailers through one checkout process.

If a product is no longer available or out of stock, the Style team can work with you to find an alternative.

How Much Does Modsy Cost?

At the time of writing, Modsy offers three packages: Modsy Essential ($59/room), Modsy Plus ($79/room) and Modsy Premium ($169/room).

With Modsy Essential, the Modsy team will build you a 3D rendering of your space with two initial design plans within 10-14 days based on the details you provide and your style quiz results. Once you receive your designs, you are allowed unlimited revisions by sending design feedback through email or chat, or by making changes to the room yourself.

Modsy Plus offers the same service, but with the added benefit of a quicker delivery time (7-10 days). You will also gain access to Modsy’s complimentary concierge shopping service and any discounts it offers.

The Modsy Premium plan includes a pre-design consultation to discuss your project, designs delivered in just 4-7 days, and live one-on-one style sessions to adjust them. You'll also receive unlimited ongoing consultations to review the progress of the design and provide feedback, as well as the same access to exclusive shopping discounts as Modsy Plus.

The company promises to provide you with a plan you like, and you can request a refund if you aren’t satisfied. You can contact the company directly at hello@modsy.com.

What are the Modsy Add-On Options?

Modsy allows you to customize your design further through purchasing add-ons. Options include updating your flooring ($30), changing paint colors ($10), adding wallpaper ($30) or getting a 3D rendering of furniture you already own ($15). It’s also possible to get a room design based only on the floorplan ($300), an excellent option for those still in the process of building their home.

Which Modsy Plan is Best?

The Modsy plan that is best for you depends on how much personalized assistance you want with your home design. While you’ll be able to continue tweaking your design with the traditional plan, you won’t get as much personalized feedback.

The Modsy Plus plan, in contrast, offers an experience more similar to working with a traditional interior designer. A dedicated designer will virtually work with you to guide you through the design process, making it a smart option for anyone that lacks confidence in their design ability and wants expert feedback throughout the process.

It’s possible to upgrade your account at any time, so a smart option might be to start with the standard version and change your service if necessary.

What are the Other Options for Virtually Renovating a Room?

Modsy is one of many options available today for virtual interior decorating. Other brands you might consider working with include Havenly and Decorilla. How do these stack up to Modsy? Let’s look at the details.

Havenly is a virtual design program that lets you work directly with one of 100+ designers on the site. You can start an initial chat with a designer for free, and then choose between a “mini design” package (best for final touches) for $79, or a “full design” (best for room makeovers) for $169.

With both packages, you will receive three design ideas and concepts, and up to two rounds of revision. You can expect several weeks of design time before you get your results and you can purchase the products you prefer directly from the site, similar to Modsy.

If you’re looking for a full room renovation, this service is about the same price as Modsy Plus. However, you’ll have greater control over the designer you choose to renovate your space and can look through multiple portfolios before selecting one. This makes the renovation process less anonymous, which some people might appreciate.

Decorilla is slightly different from these two companies. You can tell the company about your style preferences, and multiple designers will provide you with concepts to choose from. If you decide not to select any of them, you can request a full refund.

If you choose a concept, that designer will work with you on every aspect of the concept, from paint colors to lighting selection. You will also receive a 3D rendering of your space.

One advantage Decorilla has over Modsy is that you will receive multiple style ideas at stage one that is less limiting for what the final design can be. Pricewise, you’ll pay significantly more: between $449-$699, depending on the package you choose.

Virtual Interior Design Verse In-Person Interior Design

Now for the bigger questions- should you invest in a virtual interior design service in the first place? Some people might be better with complete control over the design process, while others need the confidence that comes from an in-person consultation.

If you crave the creative process and don’t want to be limited by someone else’s perspective, designing from scratch might make the most sense. You’ll also have more freedom to build your design over time as you source furniture and accent pieces.

However, if the idea of taking full control turns you off and you doubt your abilities to make smart decorating decisions, it might be better to work directly with an interior designer. Working in person also opens up opportunities to have them shop for you and physical design your space to your preference.

This hands-on service will come at a price, costing between $2,000 and $10,000 (excluding furniture), according to Home Advisor.

What Do Customers Think of Modsy?

Looking online at reviews of Modsy, it’s hard to find a bad word about the company.

For instance, a review from Mackenzie Schmidt of People.com highlighted how easy the company was to work with, and how convenient it was that every piece of furniture was shown to scale. This provided near-perfect representations that made it easier to commit to purchases. Mackenzie noted that Modsy relieved her stress about buying furniture because it gave her the confidence that it would look good.

A review from Ashley at Domestic Imperfection noted how lifelike the renditions were, and that it was possible to shift the screen for different perspectives. Adding extra features like wood floors or a brick fireplace was also simple, making it easy to visualize these changes in the existing space.

Ashley also appreciated that every design made was saved online on Modsy and that each rendition listed all the furniture used to make purchasing easier.

Finally, a review from Ben Lovejoy at 9 to 5 Mac noted how accurately the style test matched his style and how realistic the 3D rendering of the room felt.

One downside he noted was that the selection of furniture offerings was somewhat limited because Modsy only works directly with select brands. As most of the retail stores are located in the United States, this can be a limitation for those outside the country.

Our View: Should You Try Modsy?

Though we haven’t tried this service ourselves, a careful review of Modsy’s services makes it clear that it might be a stellar interior design option for those who want to make significant changes to their décor without creating the design themselves or investing in a professional designer.

While the program is somewhat limited in the rooms it lets you redesign (kitchens and bathrooms aren’t options at the time of writing), Modsy provides almost unlimited décor ideas that match your specified style preferences for other parts of the house.

Compared to the competition of other virtual interior design services, Modsy is cheaper than both services we looked at (Havenly and Decorilla), and less than a tenth of the cost of an in-person interior decorator. Few services seem sacrificed for this cost savings, and you have the option to tweak your design online on your own endlessly.

At just $59 for unlimited access to the program, it’s hard to go wrong with Modsy. The service is less of a financial commitment than hiring a designer, but it gives you enough structure and guidelines to provide you with the confidence to move forward with your renovation plans.

And, if you’re unhappy with your rendered designs, the company offers a 100% refund.

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