For inspiration check out these 10 interior design quotes

When you’re searching for design inspiration, you can’t do better than listen to some of the best interior design quotes in the industry. Here are 10 quotes from the most iconic names in the interior design world.


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William Morris

Morris was a British philosopher, political theorist and a leading figure in the English Arts and Craft design movement. Born in 1834, Morris died in 1896 and during his lifetime created a signature look that’s still wildly popular today. His beautiful botanical prints for textiles and wallpaper are enjoying a resurgence today. One of his inspiration interior design quotes is:

“If you want a golden rule that will fit everything, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”


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Frank Lloyd Wright

American architect and interior designer Frank Lloyd Wright is best known for creating an iconic housing style characterised by low roofs, overhanging eaves and a Prairie School design. Born in 1867, Wright died in 1959 after designing public buildings such as the Guggenheim Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in New York City. He said:

“Form follows function – that as been misunderstood. Form and function should be one, joined in spiritual union.”


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Marcel Wanders

Dutch born designer Wanders came to fame when he designed the famous Knotted Chair before rising to lead an interior design firm. He also co-founded design label Mooi and has worked with all kinds of brands ranging from Swarovski to MAC. His interior design quote is:

“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.”


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Kelly Weartsler

American born interior and product designer, Weartsler is best known for her high-end lifestyle band that includes everything from bedding and furniture to jewellery and lighting. Renowned for her maximalist take on interior design, with a penchant for bold colour, metallics, sculptural pieces and geometric patterns. Her interior design quote is:

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


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Jean-Louis Deniot

French interior designer Deniot transforms luxury properties around the world, ranging from Monaco and Milan to Capri and Chicago. His signature aesthetic references specific design periods from the past. Both Art Deco and 70s designs are ubiquitous in his interiors. His interior design quote is:

“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.”


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Dorothy Draper

Iconic interior and product designer Dorothy Draper lived from 1889 until 1969. The American designer is best known for inventing the modern Baroque style, which she used to transform public spaces including the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She also designed car interiors, packaging for cosmetics and fabrics. Her style encompasses dramatic colours, elaborate mouldings and panelled lacquered doors. Her interior design quote is:

“I always put in one controversial item. It makes people talk.”


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Phillip Starck

French designer Phillip Starck is famous for designing everything from restaurants to furniture, kitchen equipment to electronic bikes, and much more. One of his most well-known designs is the Kartell Louis Ghost Chair, which is made from clear plastic and packed a design punch. His ethos is to apply what he calls a ‘democratic design’ concept, where attainable price points are available through increased production. He says:

“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.”


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Vladimir Kagan

American born Kagan is famous for designing for high-profile clients including Marilyn Monroe, Walt Disney and Tom Ford. His signature design tenet is to create furniture that is comfortable and that fits to the human form. He has designed many iconic furniture designs, including the well-known Cloud sofa. This piece earned him a place in the Interior Design Hall of Fame. He says:

“Charis are uniquely the best expression of design. They encompass more of the challenges by which I live and work than any other single component of furniture.”


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Kelly Hoppen

British interior design guru Kelly Hoppen heads her own furnishing brand and interior design firm. She regularly works with clients such as Elton John and the Beckhas and wins commissions for high-profile commercial projects including Pearl Motor Yachts. She’s popular for her neutral colour palettes, carefully chosen lighting and beautiful textures. Her interior design quote is:

“Learn to look not just with your eyes but with your heart. Find the things that connect with you. How else will you know how to design your home?”

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