The main idea behind the interior design is to create a beautiful space where you feel comfortable. The interior design is greatly influenced by the style of a particular designer. Not all of us can afford an interior designer. So, I decided to make a list of 25 famous interior designers who have left their mark on this industry by creating their own unique styles. Now it’s time for you to learn about them and let your imagination guide you toward your future dream home.
01. Bobby Berk
The design expert and Emmy-nominated TV host transforms homes on a tight deadline, bringing bright contemporary spirit and personality into every nook and cranny of each project he works on, leading us to believe that every space has its beauty. Berk also has his own furniture line and online platform, his influence spreading to way more than television audiences.
02. Elsie de Wolfe
Elsie de Wolfe is considered to be America’s first decorator. She had an impresssive roster of clients from high-society families and she was credited as being design royalty. While back then interior design was still considered a masculine field, Elsie de Wolfe brought a feminine touch that was much needed. Her anti-Victorian aesthetic was a breath of fresh air in the 19th and 20th century and marked her as a trailblazer to this day.
03. Tony Duquette
Of course, we couldn’t add Elsie de Wolfe to this list without adding her mentee as well, Tony Duquette. He got his start as a set designer for films and would often draw inspiration from his travels, finding that this would complete his maximalist vision. His most iconic project was definitely Dawnridge, a Beverly Hills property that has been looked out by his protégé, Hutton Wilkinson after Duquette’s passing in 1999.
04. Brigette Romanek
Brigette Romanek opened her design firm in 2018 but she has already made waves in the design world, landing a spot on every top designer list from the past few years and collecting a client roster filled with celebrity names such as Beyónce, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Demi Moore. Her approach to design is charming, colorful and timeless, making it an obvious choice for many design lovers across the world.
05. Nate Berkus
Berkus gained the beginning of his fame when he was a regular guest on Oprah Winfrey’s talk show, but he has since grown in popularity tremendously. His projects have become synonymous with a masculine and timeless aesthetic, which often features classic pieces, a high-contrast palette, and earthy accents. Berkus now has partnerships, collections and opportunities with fellow designers and husband, Jeremiah Brent.
06. Dorothy Draper
If you’re a maximalist fan, then you should know Dorothy Draper! She founded her design firm in 1925 and her business is often regarded as the first and most acclaimed design firm in the United States. It was her creative and inventive eye for bright colors and bold patterns that catapulted her to fame. If you’d like to see her design magic in the wild, her firm has been credited with dreaming up interiors for properties like the Greenbrier and the Colony Hotel.
07. Sister Parish
Sister Parish (born Dorothy May Kinnicutt) rose through the ranks and has gone down in history as one of the greatest designers of all time. She had an impressive roster of clientes, such as a comission by Jackie Kennedy to decorate the White House. Sister Parish turned her passion into a career in the Great Depression, when both her husband and father took massive pay cuts.
08. Albert Hadley
Albert got his start as Billy Baldwin’s protégé but he ended up becoming a design icon himself. He collaborated often with Sister Parish but was also a mentor to many popular designers we know nowadays such as Bunny Williams and Thom Felicia. His biggest legacy was definitely his aesthetic and and sharp instinct when it comes to interior design.
09. Billy Baldwin
If you’re a design lover, we’re sure you know about one of the most influential design books, Billy Baldwin Decorates, and you’ll for sure know Billy Baldwin himself. He is highly regarded for his ultra-innovative projects like Diana’s Vreeland’s iconic crimson drawing room (Diana pictured above) and Jackie Onassis’ Grecian digs. Baldwin believed that every room should be filled with pieces his clients actually owned, making the mix between old and new all the rage.
10. Kelly Wearstler
Kelly Wearstler has to be one of the best designers of our generation, teaching the MasterClass on modern-day design. She launched her design firm in the 1990s, conquering every corner of the design industry. No matter what she’s working on, her thoughtful use of silhouettes, colors, and materials never fails to shine through.
11. Mario Buatta
Mario Buatta could easily be considered the grandfather of grandmillenial décor. Over the course of his career—which spanned across five decades—the designer adored the glossy floral fabric and would put it everywhere. Before his passing in 2018, Buatta designed spaces for celebrities like Barbara Walter and Mariah Carey.
12. Harold Curtis Brown
After studying at the Boston School of Fine Arts and the New School of Design, Harold Brown made a career out of designing clubs and hotels like Hotel Navarro, that were made famous during the Harlem Renaissance. He will forever go down in history as one of the country’s first Black designers.
13. Sheila Bridges
14. Frank Lloyd Wright
Frank Lloyd Wrigh might be known for his spectacular midcentury modern architecture, but he was also an incredbile interior designer. From his earthy palettes, to sparse accessorizing, to an affinity for geometric patterns, his influence offered a new look at modern design.
15. David Hicks
David Hicks’ approach to mixing and matching inspiration sources was the highlight of his incredible career, a mark that he has left on the design world. Contemporary wares paired with antique finds? Hicks gave this juxtaposition a resounding yes—and the industry followed suit.
16. Kelly Hoppen
With over 40 years of experience under her belt, Kelly Hoppen is nothing short of a household name. Nine books, a bunch of awards and television appearances make this British designer a force to be reckoned with. She is, after all, the queen of neutrals and clean lines with warm opulence.
17. Justina Blakeney
Justina Blakeney is giving bohemian style a modern-day appeal. She has gone from running her beloved site, the Jungalow, to striking deals with big-time retailers like Target and penning her own best-selling tome. Her bright and cheery interiors are a joy to behold.
18. Jean-Michel Frank
The French interior and furniture designer epitomized the balance between subtle and statement, featuring upscale materials like shagreen on pared-back pieces. His interiors were simple but definitely not boring, creating a new style: opulent minimalism.
19. Axel Vervoordt
Axel Vervoordt is the reigning champion of minimalist design. This Belgian interior designer is known for incorporating natural materials and history into his projects, creating what can only be described as livable art. He created the famous Kanye and Kim Kardashian West minimalist home.
20. Martyn Lawrence Bullard
The London-born, Los Angeles-based creative was bit by the design bug at an early age, collecting “oddments” when he was just 12 years-old. Since then, he has brought his signature “Hollywood glamour“—a blend of luxury and comfort—to A-List clients like Cher, Ellen Pompeo, and Kylie Jenner.
21. Jonathan Adler
The New York-based designer might be known for his bold pottery, furniture, and home accents, but Jonathan Adler also knows a thing or two about eye-catching interior design. When it comes to his indoor projects, Adler places a heavy emphasis on bright colors, bold geometric patterns, and unexpected elements like a hand-shaped objet.
22. Eileen Gray
Multi-hyphenate Eileen Gray has gone down in history for bringing her own well-appointed eye to the male-dominated modernism movement. Though Gray might be known for her furniture creations and architectural accomplishments—she created iconic buildings with no formal training—she did have a knack for interior design, too.
23. Breegan Jane
The Los Angeles-based designer infuses each space with an elegant yet attainable eye, which epitomizes modern-day decor. Whether she’s using vivid brights or dreamy neutrals, her spaces are always sleek, sophisticated, and incredibly serene.
24. Leanne Ford
This top designer was thrusted into the spotlight when she restored a 20th century schoolhouse in her hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Since then, Ford has brought her cozy aesthetic and signature “white on white” palette to books, glossy magazines, and two television shows.
25. Joanna Gaines
On Fixer Upper, which she costarred alongside husband Chip, Gaines brought the modern farmhouse aesthetic mainstream by doubling down on warm woods, a high-contrast palette, and, yes, shiplap. And, over the past few years, Gaines has grown her Magnolia Network design empire with products, workshops, and several best-selling books.
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