Interior Design Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old interior design quotes, interior design sayings, and interior design proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


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

Albert Hadley

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

Steve Jobs

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

Andre Putman

All rooms ought to look as if they were lived in, and to have so to say, a friendly welcome ready for the incomer.

William Morris

No pattern should be without some sort of meaning.

William Morris

I am going to make everything around me beautiful, that will be my life.     

Elsie de Wolfe

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

Patsy Stone

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Design is knowing which ones to keep.     

Scott Adams

Fashion and interior design are one and the same.

Iris Apfel

We shape our homes and then our homes shape us.

Winston Churchill

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

Albert Hadley

Interior design is a business of trust.

Venus Williams

Interior decoration partly thrives on being social.

Nicholas Haslam

Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose.

Charles Eames

The details are not the details, they make the design.

Charles Eames

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

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