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Find the Best Interior Designers in San Francisco

Anywhere you work, spend your free time, welcome friends, celebrate holidays and showcase your style offers a great opportunity to decorate, re-decorate or design. Although we might wish we were trend-setting interior designers, guidance from residential interior designers gives the best results for your home, and from commercial interior designers for your business.

The following research by The Prime Buyer's Report identifies the best interior designers in San Francisco and issues related to hiring them.

Updated May 19, 2016

 The TOP 10 Interior Designers in San Francisco CA

Artistic Designs for Living
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(415) 567-0602, (415) 606-8666
2152 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123

   Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10 NKBA (National Kitchen & Bath Association)

Areas Served: San Francisco incl. Sea Cliff, The Marina, Pacific Heights, Sunset District, SoMa, ...
Services: interior design firm for space planning & structural design. Project management ...

Interior Planning & Design
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(650) 365-5493
491 Seaport Ct # 102
Redwood City, CA 94063

   Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10 ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) CCIDC (California Council for Interior Design Certification) NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification)

Areas Served: San Francisco Bay Area
Services: interior design, interior decorating, commercial interior designers, residential ...

Find the Best Interior Designers in San Francisco 

Interior designers in San Francisco CA are not required to be licensed by the State, nor are they legally required to have professional liability insurance to protect you the client from financial loss due to a mistake, however all interior designers bearing The Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 symbol have that liability insurance for your protection, in addition to passing all of the other requirements for certification as Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10 such as our research phone calls to their previous clients to verify high satisfaction, hiring only documented workers, sufficient length of time in business, clean complain record, and more.

 

What's the difference between Interior Designers and Interior Decorators?
There is a difference between the terms interior designer and interior decorator. Interior designers design functional spaces with an understanding of the likes, wants, and behavior of the people who will be using it. Interior decorators are those who furnish a space taking the aesthetics into account such as fabrics, color, etc. Interior decorating is part of what interior designers do, but interior designers are also equipped to recommend structural changes such as the removal or addition of walls, doorways, windows etc., though they don't conduct those changes themselves unless they also hold a state contractors license. The barrier to entry to become an interior designer is usually much greater than to be a decorator and interior designers usually can demonstrate college or design school degrees, and industry accreditations. 

While there is no state license or other legal standard for interior designers, there is a voluntary designation of CID (Certified Interior Designer) which is applied for and earned by passing an exam on building codes and systems specific to California.

 

What is the value to finding an interior designer?
In the digital age, there is a growing number of online computer imaging tools that let the average consumer see and compare different choices in colors, fabrics, materials, fixtures and more.  But there are also lots of medical websites that list symptoms, yet we all agree that a real diagnosis and solution should come from an actual doctor and we wouldn't undertake a certain course of treatment and the expense for it based only on something we saw online.  Similarly, interior designers provide value that computer imaging tools can't. They have spent years learning, living and breathing design, material properties, and judging performance after installation for previous clients. For example, a consumer can pick among colors and finishes of a coffee table online, but a designer will be able to also consider the consumer's lifestyle based on previous experience such as knowing that if they have children, a particular shiny finish will be hard to keep clean of fingerprints. Or there's more to fabric selection than just color and texture. Perhaps flame retardant qualities should be a priority in a house of smokers, or new carpets not made with off-gassing chemicals for a house of the chemically sensitive client or just those who are super health conscious.  Interior designers have run across these problems and solutions before for previous clients.

 

Interior Designers Save You Money
Technology allows consumers to do more and more design elements themselves that previously they would have hired a designer for. This might let a consumer believe that they are saving money by not hiring an interior designer, yet interior designers save you money.  For example, while a consumer can use a retailer's website to mix and match color and fabric choices on a couch, a designer will know of many more options available than the consumer can possibly know, thus they are able to provide greater satisfaction in the long run and items that perform better. So it costs you more to try to go it alone when you end up dissatisfied in just a few years and spend all over again to replace items because you didn't like it as much as you could have, or due to poor performance, or with a home remodel that could have provided a bigger resale price with a designer's input, reaping tens of thousands of dollars more upon the sale.

Interior designers often get steep discounts on furnishings not available to the consumer due to special manufacturer relationships or greater purchasing volume.

 

Home Staging in San Francisco CA
Some interior designers and interior decorators have a specialty of staging a home for sale. They use their years of previous experience combined with their knowledge of the latest trends in colors and fashions to get a higher price and a quicker sale.

 

Some Interior Designers in San Francisco Are Much Better than Others
The Prime Buyer's Report lists these interior designers in San Francisco CA: Artistic Designs for Living, Interior Planning & Design, Cardello Interior Design, Tazi Designs, Tish Key Interior Design, De Sousa Hughes, Roche Bobois / European Designs Center. Others doing interior design in San Francisco CA who might still be in business include: Harrington Brothers Inc, Alisa Quint Interior Designer, Wiley Alice & Associates LLC, Bolen Interior Planning & Design. Didn't find what you wanted with the TOP 10 Interior Designers in San Francisco? Then click here to see additional companies in this category.

 

 

Questions To Ask Interior Designers in San Francisco CA 

When choosing which interior designer to hire, ask the right questions about their experience, education, range of services, and credentials before deciding:


• How long have the interior designers been in business?

• How many interior design projects have they done specifically in San Francisco?

• What is their experience doing projects similar to yours? (Such as size of home, value of home, residential interior designers versus commercial interior designers, etc.)

• Can the interior designers give you names and numbers of clients you can call as references? (All interior designers bearing The Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 symbol have already had their client references called by our research staff so you don't have to.)

• Do they charge for an estimate? If so, how is that amount calculated?

• What is their hourly rate and will they be able to give you an estimate of the finished project total cost? (Important because cheap interior designers only appear to be so with a lower hourly rate but might take much longer and end up being more costly than a more experienced interior designer with a slightly higher hourly rate)

• Do they have a particular specialty you should know about?

• Can they show you proof of active liability insurance, and if sending employees to your property, workers comp insurance for your protection? (All interior designers bearing The Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 symbol have already had proof of insurance verified by our research staff so you don't have to.)


• Do they use interior design software that will let you visualize your space as an aid in making choices?

• What school(s) did the interior designer go to and what degrees do they hold?

• How many clients do they typically handle at one time and so what will be their availability to you?

• Who will be your point of contact at their company on an on-going basis, the owner or an employee?

• If they recommend structural changes, do they have a state contractor's license to do the work themselves? If not, who is responsible for hiring and managing a contractor, you or the interior designer? If it's the designer, what is the name of that company they would be using?

• Do they have any special relationships with distributors or manufacturers?

• What kinds of samples do the interior designers have available for you to see?

• How will they show you examples of their previous interior design projects?

When you've chosen the best interior designers in San Francisco for your specific needs, make sure they have a clean complaint record. (All interior designers bearing the Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 symbol have already had their complaint status checked by research staff at The Prime Buyer's Report so you don't have to.)

 

 

Resources About Interior Designers in San Francisco 




The following is a list of trade publications, consumer publications, and associations related to interior designers in San Francisco:





Regulatory Bodies & Trade Associations Related to Interior Designers in San Francisco



DCA California Department of Consumer Affairs

State Attorney General
www.oag.ca.gov/home

ASID (American Society of Interior Designers)
www.asid.org

IIDA (International Interior Design Association)
www.iida.org

AIDP (Association of Interior Design Professionals)
www.aidponline.com

IDS (Interior Design Society)
www.interiordesignsociety.org

CID (Certified Interior Decorators)
www.cidinternational.org

IFI (International Federation of Interior Designers)
www.ifiworld.org

IDEC (Interior Design Educators Council)
www.idec.org

NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification)
www.ncidq.org

AAHID (American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designers)

www.aahid.org

CSD (Chartered Society of Designers)
www.csd.org.uk

CIDA (Council for Interior Design Accreditation)
www.accredit-id.org

OBD (Organization of Black Designers)
www.obd.org



Publications Relevant to Interior Design Services in San Francisco



Interior Design Magazine
www.interiordesign.net

Luxe Interiors + Design Magazine
www.luxesource.com

Interiors Magazine
www.interiorsmagazine.net

Contract Magazine
www.contractdesign.com

Home Design Magazine
www.homeanddesign.com

Healthcare Design Magazine
www.healthcaredesignmagazine.com

Home Decor

www.elledecor.com

Dwell Magazine

www.dwell.com

Interior Design and Contemporary Homes Magazine
www.homedsgn.com

Frame Magazine

www.framemag.com

California Home + Design
www.californiahomedesign.com

Style At Home
www.styleathome.com

California Home and Design
www.chdmag.com

Interni
www.internimagazine.it

Workspace Design Magazine
www.workspacedesignmagazine.com

FX Magazine
www.fxmagazine.co.uk

Design for Living
www.diablomag.com

The Prime Buyer's Report provides information for the TOP 10 Interior Designers in San Francisco within the following zip codes:

94114, 94166, 94134, 94122, 94124, 94141, 94116, 94157, 94110, 94130, 94103, 94158, 94146, 94132, 94120, 94126, 94115, 94131, 94133, 94169, 94165, 94112, 94119, 94123, 94168, 94125, 94142, 94188, 94105, 94117, 94159, 94111, 94121, 94147, 94109, 94102, 94104, 94118, 94107, 94108, 94127, 94172, 94140, 94167, 94129, 94101, 94164 and 94170




The Prime Buyer's Report provides information for the TOP 10 Interior Designers in San Francisco within the following cities:

Diamond Heights, Noe Valley, Sea Cliff, The Presidio, Outer Sunset, Presidio, Fisherman's Wharf, Western Addition, Twin Peaks, Hayes Valley, Haight-Ashbury, Sunset District, Marina District, Nob Hill, Cow Hollow, Bernal Heights, Inner Sunset, Russian Hill, Telegraph Hill, San Francisco, Treasure Island, Union Square, Eureka Valley, Laurel Heights, North Beach, Japantown, Rincon Hill, Duboce Triangle, Pacific Heights and Mission District

 

Interior Designers San Francisco CA

3D Interiors San Francisco CA 94117
AA Decor Inc San Francisco CA 94103
Abrabesque Interior Design San Francisco CA 94114
Accent Re Design San Francisco CA 94108
Adamson Molina Design San Francisco CA 94133
Address Designs San Francisco CA 94114
Alamosa Design Associates San Francisco CA 94105
Alice Wiley & Associates San Francisco CA 94103
Alisa Quint Interior Designer San Francisco CA 94107
Allen Ainsworth Associates San Francisco CA 94117
Allen-Rouman Creations Home San Francisco CA 94110
Andary Design San Francisco CA 94123
Angela K Free Inc San Francisco CA 94123
Ann Brown Interior Designs San Francisco CA 94118
Ann Getty & Associates San Francisco CA 94129
Ann Jones Interiors San Francisco CA 94107
Anne Marie Vingo Interior Design San Francisco CA 94115
Anne Symon Interiors San Francisco CA 94107
Applegate Tran Interiors Inc San Francisco CA 94103
Art Designs San Francisco CA 94109
Arthur McLaughlin & Associates San Francisco CA 94115
Artistic Designs for Living San Francisco CA 94123
Artmosphere San Francisco CA 94110
Bae Home Accessories San Francisco CA 94115
Bauer Interior Design San Francisco CA 94114
Before & After San Francisco CA 94109
Belknap & Purcell San Francisco CA 94115
Belknap & Purcell San Francisco CA 94133
Betty Ann Harrison Interiors San Francisco CA 94147
Boggs Design San Francisco CA 94131
Bradford Design Group By Ellen San Francisco CA 94127
Bryn Brugioni Interior Design San Francisco CA 94117
Buy Design San Francisco CA 94103
CJ Designs San Francisco CA 94127
Caitlin Moran Interiors San Francisco CA 94123
Calvin Lau Designs San Francisco CA 94115
Candra Scott & Anderson San Francisco CA 94103
Cardello Interior Design San Francisco CA 94158
Carole Soffer Designs San Francisco CA 94124
Caroline Day Design San Francisco CA 94114
Castelli Sf San Francisco CA 94107
CDC Advisors San Francisco CA 94103
Cesar Alonso Design San Francisco CA 94131
Christman & Associates San Francisco CA 94103
City Studios San Francisco CA 94118
Clement Mac San Francisco CA 94108
Color Maker San Francisco CA 94114
Conor Fennessy Antiques-Design San Francisco CA 94133
Contemporary Designs San Francisco CA 94133
Contract Connection San Francisco CA 94121
Cost Less Upholstery San Francisco CA 94127
Dana Walsh Design San Francisco CA 94103
Danielle Designs San Francisco CA 94103
David Holt Designs San Francisco CA 94112
De Sousa Hughes San Francisco CA 94103
De Tienne Associates San Francisco CA 94110
Decorator Showcase San Francisco CA 94115
Design Planning San Francisco CA 94114
Design Studio A San Francisco CA 94102
Dickie Associates San Francisco CA 94110
Distinctive Interiors San Francisco CA 94117
Douglas Durkin Design Inc San Francisco CA 94107
Dual Office San Francisco CA 94103
Duque Design Group San Francisco CA 94109
Early California Artistic Iron San Francisco CA 94124
Eden Wright Design San Francisco CA 94103
Edmond Soulie Associates San Francisco CA 94103
Elisa Stancil & Associates San Francisco CA 94103
Environmental Design Service San Francisco CA 94103
Environments That Work San Francisco CA 94118
Erik Kramvik Design San Francisco CA 94131
Esherick Homsey Dodge & Davis San Francisco CA 94110
Eugene Anthony & Associates San Francisco CA 94110
Fehr-O'Connor Interiors San Francisco CA 94115
Fernando Exposito Design San Francisco CA 94102
Fisher Weisman Design & Decorating San Francisco CA 94103
Frederick Booth Designs San Francisco CA 94109
Freeman Decorating San Francisco CA 94124
G Grover Interiors San Francisco CA 94123
Gale Melton Designs San Francisco CA 94107
Gardner Interiors San Francisco CA 94123
Gary Hutton Design San Francisco CA 94103
Gofer Unlimited San Francisco CA 94123
Gordon Shelley Interior Design San Francisco CA 94109
Green Couch Staging San Francisco CA 94109
Griffin Design San Francisco CA 94117
Haven Designs Ltd San Francisco CA 94110
Havens Designs Ltd San Francisco CA 94114
Helga Horner Inc San Francisco CA 94107
Hendler Design San Francisco CA 94103
Hepworth & Howard San Francisco CA 94114
Hirsch-Bedner Associates San Francisco CA 94102
HomeLab Designs San Francisco CA 94117
House of Mann San Francisco CA 94102
I Studios San Francisco CA 94133
Intarch San Francisco CA 94103
Integrafika Design Studio San Francisco CA 94103
Interior Restoration Service San Francisco CA 94124
IPC Visual Designs San Francisco CA 94103
JG Interiors San Francisco CA 94107
JR Studio San Francisco CA 94114
Jet Age Studio San Francisco CA 94103
Joe Design San Francisco CA 94116
John Wheatman & Associates San Francisco CA 94123
Jonathan Straley Designs San Francisco CA 94110
Joseph F Beresford Associates San Francisco CA 94107
Joseph Horan Interior Design San Francisco CA 94115
Joszi Meskan Associates San Francisco CA 94115
JR Designs LLC San Francisco CA 94118
Judith Green Interiors San Francisco CA 94121
Julie Massucco Interior Design San Francisco CA 94123
Just Buy San Francisco CA 94103
Karen Graham Interiors San Francisco CA 94118
Kelly Keiser Design San Francisco CA 94123
Ken Fulk Design San Francisco CA 94103
Kendall Wilkinson Design San Francisco CA 94118
Kensington & Associates San Francisco CA 94118
Lite House Dake's Interiors San Francisco CA 94127
Locust Interiors San Francisco CA 94118
Louise Bird Design San Francisco CA 94107
Lpw Associates San Francisco CA 94114
Marie Fisher Interior Design San Francisco CA 94105
Mark Sylva Designs San Francisco CA 94109
Marston Associates San Francisco CA 94118
Martha Angus Inc San Francisco CA 94108
Martha Withers Interior Design San Francisco CA 94115
Martin Design San Francisco CA 94103
McCartan San Francisco CA 94102
McRae & Co San Francisco CA 94103
Meagan Lontz Sullivan Interior San Francisco CA 94123
Michael Merrill Inc San Francisco CA 94133
Modica Home San Francisco CA 94123
Nancy Eslick Interior Design San Francisco CA 94117
Nicole Hollis Interiors San Francisco CA 94103
O Plus A Inc San Francisco CA 94103
OLIVIA B Designs San Francisco CA 94109
Orlando Diaz Azcuy Designs Inc San Francisco CA 94108
Osburn Design San Francisco CA 94103
Ostgren Associates San Francisco CA 94105
Padham Design San Francisco CA 94107
Pamela Kirsten Shields Designs San Francisco CA 94117
Partners in Design San Francisco CA 94132
Passion Decor San Francisco CA 94103
Patrick McGowan Interiors San Francisco CA 94114
Penelope Rozis & Co Interior San Francisco CA 94118
Penelope Rozis Interior Design San Francisco CA 94115
Phantom Design San Francisco CA 94110
Philip J Meyer San Francisco CA 94109
Pitman Sanders Designs San Francisco CA 94114
PO Wah Co San Francisco CA 94121
Pryor Laureen Design San Francisco CA 94131
Puccini Group San Francisco CA 94104
Recovering Interiors San Francisco CA 94103
Relish Interiors Revisited San Francisco CA 94116
Reppenhagen Design San Francisco CA 94110
RFDC San Francisco CA 94114
Robert Holgate Design San Francisco CA 94103
Robert Whitworth Design San Francisco CA 94107
Robin's Interiors San Francisco CA 94115
Room San Francisco CA 94107
Sage Johnson Staging & Design San Francisco CA 94122
Sally Power Interiors San Francisco CA 94103
San Francisco Decorator Showcase San Francisco CA 94115
San Francisco Design Center San Francisco CA 94103
Sandra Jimenez Allied ASID San Francisco CA 94102
Saunders Design San Francisco CA 94114
Scheiber Design Group Inc San Francisco CA 94107
Sheldon Keith Trimble San Francisco CA 94110
Shirley Osumi Kiyoko Interior San Francisco CA 94111
Sidney L Robbins San Francisco CA 94118
SMA Interior Planning & Design San Francisco CA 94107
Spacedezine San Francisco CA 94124
Spirited Spaces Design Consultant San Francisco CA 94127
Square One Interiors San Francisco CA 94122
Stephen Shubel Design San Francisco CA 94103
Steven Miller Design Studio San Francisco CA 94103
Steven Volpe Design San Francisco CA 94133
Studio DDM San Francisco CA 94103
Studio G Design San Francisco CA 94123
Studio Mehler San Francisco CA 94103
Sue Green Designs San Francisco CA 94114
Swedish Room San Francisco CA 94103
Tazi Designs San Francisco CA 94102
Tedrick & Bennett Inc San Francisco CA 94111
Thane Studio San Francisco CA 94107
Tim Kennedy Design San Francisco CA 94108
TKID San Francisco CA 94107
Tobeler Design San Francisco CA 94107
Tobin Hansen Designer San Francisco CA 94114
Villa Associates San Francisco CA 94109
Walker Design Associates San Francisco CA 94123
Warren Sheets Design San Francisco CA 94103
Well Dressed Home San Francisco CA 94107
Wessel Associates San Francisco CA 94114
Wheeler Design Group San Francisco CA 94107
Willem Racke Studio San Francisco CA 94103
William Cooper Design San Francisco CA 94114
William Thele San Francisco CA 94123
Woodson & Woodson San Francisco CA 94107
Working Spaces Phyl Smith San Francisco CA 94133
Xi Xo Design San Francisco CA 94123
YS Interiors San Francisco CA 94103
Yokomizo Associates San Francisco CA 94110
Zaarour Interior Design San Francisco CA 94133