50 Inspiring Interior Design Quotes from Famous Designers

Ryan M. Grambart
Founder & CEO - CopperSmith
Ryan M. Grambart

Quote 1-10: The Essence of Interior Design

  1. "An interior is the natural projection of the soul." - Coco Chanel
  2. "Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose." - Charles Eames
  3. "Your home should tell the story of who you are, and be a collection of what you love." - Nate Berkus
  4. "Design is not for philosophy, it's for life." - Issey Miyake
  5. "Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works." - Steve Jobs
  6. "The details are not the details. They make the design." - Charles Eames
  7. "Everything is designed. Few things are designed well." - Brian Reed
  8. "To create an interior, the designer must develop an overall concept and stick to it." - Albert Hadley
  9. "A room should never allow the eye to settle in one place. It should smile at you and create fantasy." - Juan Montoya
  10. "Design is a balance between form and function. It takes two." - Seesaw

Quote 11-20: The Importance of a Personal Touch

  1. "The essence of interior design will always be about people and how they live." - Albert Hadley
  2. "There are two things that make a room timeless: a sense of history and a piece of the future." - Charlotte Moss
  3. "Treat your home like your wardrobe. Choose items that you love and that make you feel good." - Thom Filicia
  4. "Be faithful to your own taste because nothing you really like is ever out of style." - Billy Baldwin
  5. "Real comfort, visual and physical, is vital to every room." - Mark Hampton
  6. "Style is a simple way of saying complicated things." - Jean Cocteau
  7. "A room should start a conversation before people actually start exchanging words." - Barry Dixon
  8. "Good design encourages a viewer to want to learn more." - Alexander Isley
  9. "Design is a matter of discipline, organization, and editing." - Nancy Braithwaite
  10. "The most important thing? Perfect lighting at all times." - Oscar de la Renta

Quote 21-30: The Impact of Design on Our Lives

  1. "Design is a solution to a problem. Art is a question to a problem." - John Maeda
  2. "The role of the designer is that of a good, thoughtful host anticipating the needs of his guests." - Charles Eames
  3. "The best interiors make your heart pound." - Tony Fornabaio
  4. "Design is thinking made visual." - Saul Bass
  5. "A designer has a duty to create timeless design. To be timeless you have to think really far into the future, not next year or the next two." - Anna Castelli Ferrieri
  6. "The best way to predict the future is to design it." - Buckminster Fuller
  7. "Interior design is a business of trust." - Venus William
  8. "We shape our homes and then our homes shape us" - Winston Churchhill 
  9. "The door handle is the handshake of the building" - Juhani Pallasmaa
  10. "The home should be a treasure chest of living" -Le Corbusier

Quote 31-40: The Power of Color and Texture

  1. "Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions." - Pablo Picasso
  2. "Texture is the most enduring and ubiquitous underpinning of form." - Yukio Futagawa
  3. "Colors are the smiles of nature." - Leigh Hunt
  4. "Texture adds interest and depth to a room." - Charlotte Moss
  5. "The use of texture in design is not just about how things feel, it's about how they look too." - Kelly Hoppen
  6. "Color is the place where our brain and the universe meet." - Paul Klee
  7. "Texture is the weight and thickness of a fabric, and how it feels to the touch." - Alexandra Stoddard
  8. "Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul." - Wassily Kandinsky
  9. "Texture is the surface quality of a material." - Michael S. Smith
  10. "Color is a power which directly influences the soul." - Wassily Kandinsky

Quote 41-50: The Art of Mixing Styles and Periods

  1. "Mix high and low, but always mix." - Kelly Wearstler
  2. "Design is a constant challenge to balance comfort with luxe, the practical with the desirable." - Donna Karan
  3. "The essence of interior design will always be about people and how they live." - Albert Hadley
  4. "Traditional interior design is a timeless, elegant look that never goes out of style." - Mary McDonald
  5. "Eclectic style is about mixing elements from different periods and styles to create something that is uniquely yours." - Miles Redd
  6. "Classicism, tradition, and a sense of place are important to me, but I also like the unexpected, modern and witty." - Bunny Williams
  7. "I like a house to look like it has been lived in, with things that are well-loved." - Nina Campbell
  8. "I don't do fashion. I am fashion." - Coco Chanel
  9. "Good design is about creating a dialogue between the past and the present." - Robert A.M. Stern
  10. "The beauty of design is its ability to transform a space into something truly extraordinary." - Kelly Wearstler


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April 1, 2023