99+ Best Interior Design Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Profoundly inspirational interior design quotes will challenge the way you think, and help guide you through any life experience.

Famous Interior Design Quotes

One sits more comfortably on a colour that one likes. — Verner Panton

A lot of my ideas come from McNally Jackson bookstore. One of my favorite things to do is just go there and look through architecture books and interior design books. Something about the aesthetics of space and beautiful images works with my brain. — St. Lucia

All those lessons that I’ve learned on the court, I have applied them to my life outside of the court in business, my company, called V Starr interiors, an interior design company, and EleVen, which I wear on court. — Venus Williams

I’ve always had a fascination with interior design. As a kid, I used to go to real estate open houses with my parents on the weekends. Like a nerd! I would think of how I would piece rooms together at those open houses. — Jeremiah Brent

I love to decorate and redecorate. Now it’s called interior design, but the term decorating is fine with me. — Gloria Vanderbilt

What we remember most about rooms we like is the ‘atmosphere.’ — Charlotte Moss

When Van Truex defined the difference between designing and decorating, he used the analogy of preparing a roast of beef. Design, he said, is the preparation and cooking; decorating is the final seasoning, the savoring. — Albert Hadley

Our objects, bibelots, whatnots, and knickknacks-say the most about who we are. They are as honest as a diary. — Charlotte Moss

The modern scene in decoration is not a unified or controlled one. The unified control of the arts during the reign of Louis XIV no longer exists; today the designer is free to achieve a wider variety and more personal approach to the interior. — Van Day Truex

I had a parakeet that used to fly around the house and crash into these huge mirrors my mother put in. Ever heard of this interior design principle, that a mirror makes it seem like you have an entire other room? What kind of jerk walks up to a mirror and goes, Hey look, there’s a whole other room in there. There’s a guy that looks just like me in there. — Jerry Seinfeld

Take the time and do some small thing that will be noticed and remembered. Choose your objects carefully, and buy only what you love. — Charlotte Moss

Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works. — Steve Jobs

You cannot make a modern apartment out of a traditional space. — Albert Hadley

You can’t take it with you. There are no pockets in a shroud. — Elsie de Wolfe

I started this career because I loved doing houses. I’d done three of my own and I couldn’t keep on moving my family all the time, so I decided to decorate other people’s homes and buildings. — Dorothy Draper

A lot of people worry about the ‘ wear and tear ‘ on furnishings. I feel it’s more a matter of people treating the things that surround them with respect. — Albert Hadley

All the necessary elements of a room should not arrive on installation day. Room should always be left for the things we will acquire…the objects we cannot live without. — Charlotte Moss

You create your own decoration. You choose your color, you choose your mood. … If you are depressed, you put some bright yellow and suddenly you are happy. — Philippe Starck

Training the eye is the most important way to gain an appreciation and understanding of good design in busienss management. — Van Day Truex

I suppose the most marked example of color as structure is in the Byzantine use of mosaic decoration that becomes architecture. The decoration of the interiors so related to the form that they fuse. In less elaborate interior design this is always the ideal approach to color – used not only as just color alone. — Van Day Truex

Mirrors have come to mean much more than the original ‘looking glass.’ They are now a part of the decorative scheme of a modern home. By using them, there are no dark, gloomy corners, no drab caverns for halls. There can be a feeling of freedom, light, air, space. — Dorothy Draper

I’ve lived too long and I’ve lived too well. — Nancy Lancaster

Interiors speak! Rooms emphasize whether one exists or lives, and there is a great difference between the two! — Van Day Truex

A pattern is either right or wrong…it is no stronger than its weakest point. — William Morris

Forget the floor plans. Arrange the furniture where it is the most comfortable and will look best. — Albert Hadley

An infinitude of tenderness is the chief gift and inheritance of all truly great men. — John Ruskin

I wanted to be a decorator. I wanted to interior design homes and do everything myself. — Ursula Andress

It wasn’t that I had any great dream of being an architect. I just wanted to make things. Whether it was furniture, painting, interior design, or architecture. I just wanted to create something. — Tadao Ando

Design is defined by light and shade, and appropriate lighting is enormously important. — Albert Hadley

I am going in now for interior decoration. By that I mean supplying objets d’art and giving advice regarding the decoration of their houses to wealthy persons who do not have the time, inclination, nor culture to do such work for themselves. It is nothing new. Women have done the same thing before. — Elsie de Wolfe

To create an atmosphere dedicated to health..to present charming interiors that will attract maternity patients…to develop distinctive decoration and furnishings that can be installed at modest expenditure – and will require a minimum of maintenance costs. — Dorothy Draper

If I wasn’t acting, I think I would like to do interior design. Yeah, because you know, with the Balinese background, and being there and buying furniture, stuff like that. I love to do-up our home, so I would be an interior decorator, for sure. — Melissa George

The essence of interior design will always be about people and how they live. It is about the realities of what makes for an attractive, civilized, meaningful environment, not about fashion or what’s in or what’s out. This is not an easy job. — Albert Hadley

Venus [Williams] has an amazing line; I love her collection. I’m always at her office. She has an interior design company and her EleVen company. They have a wonderful office space and I’m always there for the interior part and get to see what she’s doing with EleVen. — Serena Williams

We’re all collectors by nature. But if you’re talking about an orderly life, there has to be a stop sign somewhere. Building a collection requires a strong constitution and the ability to resist. — Albert Hadley

Better rooms better furniture, better objects d’art can only be created for a society interested in living – not existing. — Van Day Truex

People’s live are expressed in little details….The soap in the bathroom, the flowers in the garden, the books on the bedside table are all strong symbols of a life in progress. You look at these details and a world unfolds – here are their books, the paintings they cherish, the music that soothes their souls. — Charlotte Moss

Birds are so much wiser than we! A robin builds a nest for robins. A seagull builds a nest for seagulls. They don’t copy each other – or build themselves nests as described in The Birds’ Decorating Magazine. — Dorothy Draper

Innovation is often the ability to reach into the past and bring back what is good, what is beautiful, what is useful, what is lasting. — Sister Parish

The whole point of interior design is about creating environments where people can really live their lives and where you can connect with your friends and family. — Vern Yip

It is the personality of the mistress that the home expresses. Men are forever guests in our homes, no matter how much happiness they may find there. — Elsie de Wolfe

Perfectionism is the death of a great room. — Anne McDonald

Good design is forever. — Van Day Truex

Rich colors are typical of a rich nature. — Van Day Truex

When I began designing machines I also began to think that these objects, which sit next to each other and around people, can influence not only physical conditions but also emotions. They can touch the nerves, the blood, the muscles, the eyes and the moods of people. — Ettore Sottsass

Design is coming to grips with one’s real lifestyle, one’s real place in the world. Rooms should not be put together for show but to nourish one’s wellbeing. — Albert Hadley

There is no doubt something will be done sooner or later to enable us to put on a house every day, just as we put on clothes or choose a book to read or a theater to go to, like choosing a day to be lived, within the limits grated by other destinies or chances. — Ettore Sottsass

Interior design is a travesty of the architectural process and a frightening condemnation of the credulity, helplessness and gullibility of the most formidable consumers – the rich. — Stephen Bayley

Remember, color is not just color, but mood, temperature and structure. — Van Day Truex

I so hate it when I’m quoted to thwart the juices and desires of the great interior design public at large – Daily Express — Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen

If every piece is perfect the room becomes a museum and lifeless. — Nancy Lancaster

Decorating is not about making stage sets, it’s not about making pretty pictures for the magazines, it’s really about creating a quality of life, a beauty that nourishes the soul. — Albert Hadley

I enjoy trying to inspire myself. I enjoy the artistic side of everything. Music, art, fashion, everything. I just like to be on the cutting edge of it. Im into designing houses and interior design. I like change. I like creating things out of nothing. — Chris Kirkpatrick

Go to the source for ideas, go to the Metropolitan Museum, find your inspiration in nature, go to the Museum of Natural History, but never rely on something that someone else has done. — Van Day Truex

A decorator, no matter how talented, can’t always get the desired results because sometimes there is resistance or maybe a lack of understanding on the part of the client. I think it is the decorator’s job to work as a guide, to bring out the best qualities and the best attitudes. — Albert Hadley

Baroque sculpture and interior design has a quality of creating an environment that seems organic because it’s full of curves and details, like a forest. — Camille Henrot

Too often when we’re buying or building a house we do not consider each room. We are carried away by one charming feature and are blind to details that will give us trouble later on. — Dorothy Draper

Have you ever noticed how some rooms exude a certain energy, warmth, and a harmony of spirit? If you have, then you have experienced the language of the home. A language softly spoken, and univerally understood. — Charlotte Moss

The one thing I never get involved with is selecting art or pictures for a client. This is a very personal thing. If the clients have pictures, I will hang them. When they do not own pictures I leave the walls blank. — Albert Hadley

Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful. — William Morris

I’ve always loved interior design. — Genie Francis

Decorating is like music. Harmony is what we constantly strive for. At home, we want a peaceful atmosphere where the objects are the notes and nothing is off-key. — Charlotte Moss

It is important to realize that whatever we do or design has iconographic references, it comes from somewhere; any form is always metaphorical, never totally metaphysical; it is never a ‘destiny’ but always a fact with some kind of historical reference. To put an object on a base means to monumentalize it, to make everyone aware it exists. — Ettore Sottsass

I always think out a problem as clearly as possible, and then act on it. My theory has always been to get started. The moment I get an idea I act upon it. If only people would act on more of their ideas, I am convinced they would lead more interesting lives. — Dorothy Draper

You can never judge a paint hue by the liquid color in the paint pot. You must apply it to a wall, wait for the paint to dry, then decide. — Dorothy Draper

There is no excuse for doing anything which is not strikingly beautiful. — William Morris

There seems to be within all of us an innate yearning to be lifted momentarily out of our own lives into the realm of charm and make believe. — Dorothy Draper

Rooms should be timeless. — Sister Parish

I believe in plenty of optimism and white paint. — Elsie de Wolfe

I’ve always been a bit of a decorator. I think if I wasn’t a singer I’d probably be in stage setting or interior design or something. I like clutter and I’m quite visually greedy. I can’t have things to be plain; I have to have things looking interesting maybe I’m just a frustrated interior designer stuck in a singing career. — Florence Welch

An interior designer must be able to clarify his intent keeping ever in mind that decorating is not a look, it’s a point of view. — Albert Hadley

I never think that sticking slavishly to one period is successful, a touch of nostalgia adds charm. One needs light and shade because if every piece is perfect the room becomes a museum and lifeless. — Nancy Lancaster

My work is the embodiment of dreams in one form or another. — William Morris

Decorators should always remember that letting a client see too many beautiful things is a pitfall. — Albert Hadley

I had learnt from going to Houghton that to make a room quiet, to make it harmonious, you never wanted to have only one ‘mouvement’ thng like the Savonnerie rug that would stand out. You must have ‘mouvement’ everywhere. — Nancy Lancaster

I deeply believe that a beautiful decor can have a beneficial influence on our lives. — Albert Hadley

If i were asked to say what is at once the most important production of Art and the thing most to be longed for, I should answer, A beautiful House. — William Morris

If our houses, or clothes, our household furniture and utensils are not works of art, they are either wretched makeshifts, or, what is worse, degrading shams of better things. — William Morris

Minimalism in interior design has become a caricature. Everywhere you find shops or hotels with an ambience that makes you feel like you are in a refrigerator. — Andree Putman

In choosing a colour one must realize that it changes in different aspects. — Nancy Lancaster

Too much of what passes for design now is theater. It’s one thing to be eccentric- and by the way, most eccentrics tend to be rather well-educated people – and quite another to be a faddist, by which I mean someone who tries to conjure a totally foreign aesthetic in a misplaced environment. — Albert Hadley

Don’t buy a bedroom suite, but collect your pieces separately – generally cheaper and always the decorator’s way of furnishing. — Dorothy Draper

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

I was in college, and very disappointed. I majored in commercial art and interior design for three or four years. At that time, it seemed the thing I really wanted to do, production design, just wasn’t available in the U.K., so I turned to music. — Eric Burdon

To conform within rational limits to a given style is no more servile than to pay one’s taxes or to write according to the rule of grammar. — Elsie de Wolfe

It is obvious that any rather non-color, monochromatic design is safe, easier, more generally restful and with life being the hurdy-gurdy that it is, more and more of us prefer and interior giving the maximum response. — Van Day Truex

Simplicity, suitability and proportion. — Elsie de Wolfe

Always design a thing by considering it in its next larger context – a chair in a room, a room in a house, a house in an environment, an environment in a city plan. — Eliel Saarinen

We shape our homes and then our homes shape us. — Winston Churchill

I wonder if any element of interior design is more personal than color? Nothing can more quicly reveal aspect of personality and character than the choice – or absence – of color. — Van Day Truex

I am going to make everything around me beautiful – that will be my life. — Elsie de Wolfe

Deep downy upholstery is absolutely what I’ve always been about. — Albert Hadley

I’m into designing houses and interior design. I like change. I like creating things out of nothing. — Chris Kirkpatrick

Decorating in relation to hotels is really nothing more than planned showmanship or the art of attracting attention in a delightful way and thus creating an increased consumer acceptance. It gives the guest the feeling of anticipation, excitement, expectancy, delight, and pride in the management of his favorit hotel. — Dorothy Draper

You just can’t beat slip covers for giving that friendly air hospitals need so desperately. — Dorothy Draper

I’ve always liked a formal layout and informal planting, she explained. First get the structure right, like the bones in a face, then plant it like a crowded shoe. If you have a strong layout, you can let the plants seed themselves all over the place. Haphazard, unexpected… I like to be surprised by a garden. — Nancy Lancaster

Don’t think too much of style. — William Morris

You don’t sell a commodity, you sell joy, gaiety, excitement. You aim at people’s hearts, not their minds. — Dorothy Draper

The first 10 years of my professional life had only to do with running away from my father. He was a wonderful cabinet-maker, and me being the eldest son, I had to take over his shop, his profession and so on and so on. I tried to escape by going to art school and then going on to industrial design and then interior design. — Peter Zumthor