100+ Best Interior Design Quotes To Fuel Your Inspiration

Updated: January 19th, 2023

100+ Best Interior Design Quotes To Fuel Your Inspiration

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but when you are trying to find some actual inspiration, quotes can be a great source to motivate you to give your best.

Interior design is about mixing your own personal style with practicality & functionality, and these quotes may just inspire you to take your home (or business) to new levels.

In this article, we provide you with 100+ Best Interior Design Quotes that will motivate you.

Let's dive in!

One-Liner Interior Design Quotes

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

Creativity is piercing the mundane to find the marvelous. - BILL MOYERS

There never has been a house so bad that it couldn't be made over into something worthwhile. - ELSIE DE WOLFE

A design isn't finished until someone is using it. - BRENDA LAUREL

Styles come and go. Good design is a language, not a style. - MASSIMO VIGNELLI

Whitespace is like air: it is necessary for the design to breathe. - WOJCIECH ZIELINSKI

Good design is obvious. Great design is transparent. - JOE SPARANO

There is no design without discipline. There is no discipline without intelligence. - MASSIMO VIGNELLI

Decoration of the home is the same as meditation on the soul

If you want a change in your lifestyle, first change your home interior and then see.

Behind every attractive room, there should be a very good reason. - SISTER PARISH

If you love something, it will work. That's the only real rule. - BUNNY WILLIAMS

A person's home is their castle.

Creativity is nothing but a mindset free. - TORRIE T. ASAI

Make it simple but significant. - DON DRAPER

People ignore designs that ignore people - FRANK CHIMERO

We don't believe in moving to a new place and replicating the one you left behind. Where's the fun in that? - ANDREW FISHER

We shape our homes and then our homes shape us. - WINSTON CHURCHILL

Interior design is a business of trust. - VENUS WILLIAMS

Good design is like a refrigerator, when it works no one notices but when it doesn't it sure stinks. - IRENE AU

Good taste is always in style.

Have no fear of perfection. You'll never reach it. - SALVADOR DALI

Content precedes design. Design in the absence of content is not design, it’s decoration. - JEFFREY ZELDMAN

Design should never say, "Look at me!" It should always say, "Look at this! - DAVID CRAIB

Be faithful to your own taste, because nothing you really like is ever out of style." - BILLY BALDWIN

Decorate your home. It gives the illusion that your life is more interesting than it really is. - CHARLES M. SCHULZ

The question of what you want to own is actually the question of how you want to live your life. - MARIE KONDO

Funny Interior Design Quotes

Interior design is an attitude, not a talent.

My only professional ambition is to get a desk where no one can see my computer monitor other than me. - Unknown

I always put in one controversial item. It makes people talk. - DOROTHY DRAPER

Every room needs a slap in the face. - DRANSFIELD & ROSS

Are you an interior decorator? Because when I saw you the room suddenly became beautiful. - UNKNOWN

First, you live, and then you decorate your house.

One should never be the oldest thing in one's house. - PATSY STONE

My prices are based on my talent, not your budget.

Thinking about design is hard, but not thinking about it can be disastrous. - RALPH CAPLAN

The alternative to good design is always bad design. There is no such thing as no design. - ADAM JUDGE

There is no such thing as a boring project. There are only boring executions. - IRENE ETZKORN

If you think good design is expensive, you should look at the cost of bad design. - RALF SPETH

It does not matter how much you spend on your home décor. Make sure it conveys your story in a unique way. First, make sure it has a story.

When you have a client that has a good budget as their expectations, then consider yourself a blessed architect.

Minimalist designs are the toughest ones. Because you simply can't decide which one to keep and which one to ignore.

Every night I pray that clients with taste will get money, and clients with money will get a taste. - BILL GARDNER

Design can be art. Design can be aesthetics. Design is so simple, that's why it is so complicated. - PAUL RAND

Simple designs are complicated to draw. Complicated designs are simple to draw. What a strange "design" thing.

Design your home in a way that not just looks good, but makes you desperate to come back home early.

She well knew the great architectural secret of decorating her constructions, and never condescended to construct a decoration. - ANTHONY TROLLOPE

Design is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks. But of course, if you dig deeper, it's really how it works. - STEVE JOBS

Serious is a word that should be entirely avoided when it comes to decorations. - KATHRYN IRELAND

Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful. - WILLIAM MORRIS

Creativity demands nothing, just your approval to go with its flow.

A little bit of insanity is welcome in the designs of interior designers.

Furniture that is too obviously designed is very interesting and often belongs only in museums. - MILO BAUGHMAN

Minimalist design is good, as far as the client also never goes minimalist regarding payment, too.

Life is too short to be living with boring furniture.

If interiors were countryside, carpets would be fields.

The job of interior designers is really tough, as they have to fix clients' mindsets first before they allow them to fix their homes.

Interior Design Quotes For Instagram

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

I like an interior that defies labeling. I don't really want someone to walk into a room and know that I did it." - BUNNY WILLIAMS

For a house to be successful, the objects in it must communicate with one another, respond to and balance one another. - ANDRÉE PUTMAN

A room is not a room without natural light. - LOUIS KAHN

Real comfort, visual and physical, is vital to every room. - MARK HAMPTON

Being identifiable as ‘something’ will help you stand out from the crowd.

Details are not details; they make the product. - CHARLES EAMES

The best rooms have something to say about the people who live in them. - DAVID HICKS

Listen to the building and the project rather than impose a specific style and design on it 

A room should never allow the eye to settle in one place. It should smile at you and create fantasy. - JUAN MONTOYA

Another word for minimalism is ‘elegance.’ Elegance is beautifully resolving an issue with minimal means. - TOM KUNDIG

A house is much more than a mere shelter—it should lift us emotionally and spiritually. - JOHN SALDINO

Minimalism is designing to allow the art, the books, the view, the people—whatever matters most to the inhabitant—to be the soul of the space. - DEBORAH BERKE

Your home should tell the story of who you are, and be a collection of what you love. - NATE BERKUS

As we evolve, our homes should, too. - SUZANNE TUCKER

Design is a journey of discovery.

Clutter isn’t just the stuff in your closet. It’s anything that gets between you and the life that you want to be living. - PETER WALSH

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance. - ARISTOTLE

There are three responses to a piece of design – yes, no, and WOW! Wow is the one to aim for. - MILTON GLASER

Understanding the person or people living in a home is a far greater need in design than focusing purely on aesthetics. The home is designed around emotional needs. - AMANDA TALBOT

Recognizing the need is the primary condition for design. - CHARLES EAMES

A room should feel collected, not decorated. - ELSIE DE WOLFE

Pick what you like because living with a trend that is not you is never a good choice. - THOMAS PHEASANT

Art is not always about pretty things, it's about who we are, what happened to us, and how our lives are affected. - ELIZABETH BROUN

Underneath all I design lies the solid belief that beauty is a positive force. - BARBARA BARRY

Listening to a client when taking a brief is one of the most important skills you can have as an interior designer and one that is often overlooked.

To create an interior, the designer must develop an overall concept and stick to it. - ALBERT HADLEY

Sustainable Interior Design Quotes

Rawness and refinement are not opposite ends of a luxurious spectrum. They are two complementary features with which to populate a luxe environment. - KELLY WEARSTLER

Designers and people, in general, are too attracted by ‘new’, but nothing ages more quickly than ‘newness’. All my objects reflect [a] marriage between past and present. - MARCEL WANDERS

A designer has a duty to create timeless design. To be timeless you have to think really far into the future, not next year, not in two years but in 20 years minimum. - PHILLIP STARCK

There are two things that make a room timeless: a sense of history and a piece of the future. - CHARLOTTE MOSS

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

Kitchens should be designed around what’s really important: fun, food, and life. - DAVID BOULUD

When you’re building a room, you’re building character, and character is the strength and wisdom of a home. - ROSE TARLOW

The best traditional houses are anchored by a low-key sophistication—elegance and refinement balanced by understatement and an abundance of comfort. - GIL SCHAFER

Great design answers a question, offers a solution, and solves a problem. - DANA HUGHES

Luxury is when it seems flawless when you reach the right balance between all elements. Understated theatricality – that is what my luxury is all about. - JEAN-LOUIS DENIOT

Every room needs a touch of black, just as it needs at least one antique piece. - JAN SHOWERS

Get rid of everything that is not essential to making a point. - BILL LORD

Furniture is needed for practical reasons, and because it must be there, it may as well be as pleasant as possible to look at, and in a less definable psychological way, comforting to the spirit. - EDWARD J WORMLEY

Design is about making people happy, either functionally, aesthetically, or emotionally. - ROBIN SIEGERMAN

Interior design is making the best possible use of the available space.

Be original and your home will speak for itself.

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 if off-key. - CHARLOTTE MOSS

The role of the designer is that of a good, thoughtful host anticipating the needs of his guests. - CHARLES EAMES

Do not seek praise. Seek criticism. - PAUL ARDEN

Design for the present, with an awareness of the past, for a future which is essentially unknown. - NORMAN FOSTER

The goal of a designer is to listen, observe, understand, sympathize, empathize, synthesize, and glean insights that enable him or her to ‘make the invisible visible. - HILLMAN CURTIS

Good design doesn’t date. - HARRY SEIDLER

The home should be the treasure chest of living. - LE CORBUSIER

The most essential skill of an interior designer is not creativity, but active listening to the client when they're first time interacting and discussing house renovations.

The advantages of furniture are many and what you think is just a few.

Great design is a multi-layered relationship between human life and its environment. - NAOTO FUKASAWA

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

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