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Find the Best Interior Designers in Marin County


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 Marin County and issues related to hiring them.

 

Updated December 11, 2016

 The TOP 10 Interior Designers in Marin County CA

MWS Design
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(707) 778-0599
43 5th St
Petaluma, CA 94952

   Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10 CCIDC (California Council for Interior Design Certification)

Areas Served: Marin County & North Bay incl. San Rafael CA, Sausalito CA, Ross CA, Novato CA, ...
Services: residential & commercial interior design, space planning, wineries
Key Brands: Architex Fabrics, Hunter Douglas Window Shades & Blinds, Palecek Furniture, Lighting ...

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: Marin County incl. San Rafael CA, Sausalito CA, Novato CA, Mill Valley CA, San ...
Services: interior design firm for space planning & structural design. Project management ...

Find the Best Interior Designers in Marin County 

Interior designers in Marin County 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 Marin County 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 Marin County Are Much Better than Others
The Prime Buyer's Report lists these interior designers in Marin County CA: MWS Design, Artistic Designs for Living, Linda Applewhite & Associates, Julie Hove Interior Design, Atmosphera‎, Engstrom Design Group Inc, B & R Kortz Interior Designers, Phebe Gregson Interior Design. Others doing interior design in Novato, Sausalito and San Rafael CA who might still be in business include: Susan O'Riordan Interior Design Mill Valley CA, Sherry Williamson Interior Mill Valley CA, Exceptional Space Interior Design Sausalito CA, Carol Barnes Tiburon CA, Brukoff Design Associates Inc Sausalito CA, Stacey Lapuk Interior Design San Rafael CA, Beryn Hammil Designs Corte Madera CA. Didn't find what you wanted with the TOP 10 Interior Designers in Marin County? Then click here to see additional companies in this category.

 

 

Questions To Ask Interior Designers in Marin County 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 Marin County?

• 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 Marin County 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 Marin County 




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





Regulatory Bodies & Trade Associations Related to Interior Designers in Marin County



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 Marin County



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 Marin County within the following zip codes:

94914, 94950, 94948, 94904, 94937, 94941, 94913, 94977, 94949, 94945, 94942, 94973, 94920, 94978, 94938, 94903, 94946, 94964, 94930, 94963, 94901, 94974, 94940, 94924, 94947, 94915, 94979, 94976, 94925, 94929, 94939, 94912, 94957, 94966, 94965, 94956, 94933, 94960, 94971 and 94970




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

Fairfax, Kent Woodlands, San Anselmo, Almonte, Mill Valley, Strawberry Point, Tomales, Forest Knolls, Marinwood, Santa Venetia, Belvedere Tiburon, San Quentin, Dogtown, Stinson Beach, Dillon Beach, Larkspur, Corte Madera, Lagunitas, Marshall, San Marin, Nicasio, Tamalpais Valley, Inverness, Sleepy Hollow, Tamal, Olema, Black Point, Mission Rafael, Kentfield, Ignacio, Bel Marin Keys, Marin City, Muir Woods, Lucas Valley, Point Reyes Station, Tiburon, Novato, Ross, Bolinas, San Geronimo, Sausalito, Woodacre, Terra Linda, Greenbrae, Belvedere, Muir Beach and San Rafael

 


 

Interior Designers Tiburon CA

Andre's Interior Design Inc Belvedere Tiburon CA 94920
Ann Welch Design Group Belvedere Tiburon CA 94920
Carol Barnes Interior Design Belvedere Tiburon CA 94920
Cathleen Gouveia Design-Allied Belvedere Tiburon CA 94920
Corinne Wiley Interiors Belvedere Tiburon CA 94920
Freed N Designs Belvedere Tiburon CA 94920
Interior Needs Belvedere Tiburon CA 94920
Jacobs Design Inc Belvedere Tiburon CA 94920
Kurtzman Associates Belvedere Tiburon CA 94920
Matilda Boss Design Studio Belvedere Tiburon CA 94920
Paradiso Interiors Belvedere Tiburon CA 94920
Smart Interiors Belvedere Tiburon CA 94920


Interior Designers Corte Madera CA

Creative Home Corte Madera CA 94925
JM Interiors Corte Madera CA 94925
Kaleidoscope Design Inc Corte Madera CA 94925
Little Traveler Corte Madera CA 94925

 

Interior Designers Fairfax CA

Hues & Views Inc Fairfax CA 94978
Maria Cara Mezzetta Designs Fairfax CA 94930
Seasonal Interiors Fairfax CA 94930

 

Interior Designers Greenbrae CA

Interior Concepts Greenbrae CA 94904


Interior Designers Kentfield CA

Pablo's Designs Kentfield CA 94904
PRW Interiors Kentfield CA 94904
Robin White Interiors Kentfield CA 94904

 

Interior Designers Larkspur CA

Arden Hawley Interior Design Larkspur CA 94939
Bogardus Design Larkspur CA 94939
Candace Killman Interior Design Larkspur CA 94939
Charmian Design Jennifer Carr Larkspur CA 94939
Collure Larkspur CA 94939
Jessica Hall Associates Larkspur CA 94939
Larette Design Larkspur CA 94939
Patrick Welch Interior Design Larkspur CA 94939
Sandra Bird Designs Larkspur CA 94939

 

Interior Designers Mill Valley CA

C Wright Design Inc Mill Valley CA 94941
Chang Interiors Mill Valley CA 94941
Cowan Design Co Mill Valley CA 94941
Cygnet Group Mill Valley CA 94941
EJ Interior Design Group Mill Valley CA 94941
Fuse Designs Mill Valley CA 94941
GG Green Interior Design Mill Valley CA 94941
Harmonious Design Mill Valley CA 94941
Human Aria Mill Valley CA 94941
JVA Design Co Mill Valley CA 94941
Kimberlee Colvin Interiors Mill Valley CA 94941
Phebe Gregson Interior Design Mill Valley CA 94941
Sherry Williamson Design Mill Valley CA 94941
Stone Interiors Mill Valley CA 94941
Tiger Rose Designs Mill Valley CA 94941
To Design Mill Valley CA 94941
Villani Inc Mill Valley CA 94941
Whirligig Mill Valley CA 94941

 

Interior Designers Novato CA

Ann Butler Interior Design Novato CA 94947
Beth Livoti Interior Design Novato CA 94947
Carol Myer Interiors Novato CA 94947
Circa Asia Novato CA 94949
Clarus Crystal Novato CA 94947
Dennets Custom Finishing Novato CA 94949
Elegant Necessities Novato CA 94945
Homescapes Novato CA 94945
Interior Concepts Novato CA 94949
M Design Studio Novato CA 94949
Oberhauser Interiors Novato CA 94947
Petersen Design Associates Novato CA 94949
Sasi Novato CA 94945
V Kermoyan Designs Novato CA 94949

 

Interior Designers Ross CA

Lee Allen Designs Ross CA 94957
Susan Solinski Ort Interior Ross CA 94957
Trudy Craig Inc Ross CA 94957
Twenty Ross Common Ross CA 94957
Wolcott Associates Ross CA 94957

 

Interior Designers San Anselmo CA

AC Interiors San Anselmo CA 94960
Arena Associates San Anselmo CA 94979
C Kirk Design San Anselmo CA 94960
Camozzi Designs San Anselmo CA 94960
Creative Rooster San Anselmo CA 94960
Custom Decor Inc San Anselmo CA 94960
Dana Strauss Interior Design San Anselmo CA 94960
David Bell Designers Inc San Anselmo CA 94960
Healthy Interiors San Anselmo CA 94960
Hershon Hartley Design San Anselmo CA 94960
Lane Design Studio San Anselmo CA 94960
Lee Marriott Interiors San Anselmo CA 94960
Spacial Design San Anselmo CA 94960
Stacey Freeman Interior Design San Anselmo CA 94960
Studio Home San Anselmo CA 94960
Susan Rusche Designs San Anselmo CA 94960
Twenty Ross Common San Anselmo CA 94960
Weaver Design Group San Anselmo CA 94960

 

Interior Designers San Geronimo CA

Friday & Associates San Geronimo CA 94963

 

Interior Designers San Rafael CA

Atelier Bertrand Interiors San Rafael CA 94901
B&R Kortz Interior Designers San Rafael CA 94901
Baron & Baron Design San Rafael CA 94901
Betsy Rick Interiors San Rafael CA 94903
Design Atelier San Rafael CA 94901
Designs By D'Orbigny San Rafael CA 94913
Distinctive Nest San Rafael CA 94903
Giacomazzi & Associates San Rafael CA 94903
Golriz Design Group San Rafael CA 94901
H Frank San Rafael CA 94901
Hershon Hartley Designs San Rafael CA 94901
J Livingston Home Decor San Rafael CA 94901
Jane Ellison Design San Rafael CA 94903
Juliana Carlsen Interiors San Rafael CA 94903
Julie Hove Interior Design San Rafael CA 94901
Kallaway Design San Rafael CA 94903
Kristi Sandford Interiors San Rafael CA 94901
Lynn Ross Designs San Rafael CA 94901
Mari Jon Di Basilio Interior Design San Rafael CA 94901
Mary Ross Designs San Rafael CA 94901
Nancy Van Natta Associates San Rafael CA 94901
Outside the Box Designs San Rafael CA 94901
Penni Webb Designs San Rafael CA 94901
Raker Mathieson Ampach Design San Rafael CA 94903
Rick Betsy Interiors San Rafael CA 94903
Robert Federighi Design San Rafael CA 94903
Rosemary Hallgarten Inc San Rafael CA 94901
San Francisco Interiors Inc San Rafael CA 94903
Sarah Held Interiors Allied San Rafael CA 94903
Stacey Lapuk Interior Design San Rafael CA 94903
Sunrise Home San Rafael CA 94901
Virginia Anawalt Interiors San Rafael CA 94901
Wright Stewart Jones Design San Rafael CA 94901

 

Interior Designers Sausalito CA

Beverly Robbins Interior Design Sausalito CA 94965
Brukoff Design Associates Sausalito CA 94965
Christensen Design Sausalito CA 94965
Del Gado Design Sausalito CA 94965
Design Concepts Unlimited Sausalito CA 94966
Dianna Coppersmith Interiors Sausalito CA 94965
Exceptional Space Interior Sausalito CA 94965
Glenn Design Co Sausalito CA 94965
Linda Applewhite & Associates Sausalito CA 94965
Retreat Design Sausalito CA 94965
T Jones Design Group Sausalito CA 94965
To Design Sausalito CA 94965



Interior Designers Tiburon CA

Rosalyn Brandt Design Associates Tiburon CA 94920
Ruth Livingston Studio Tiburon CA 94920 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Independent research conducted by Prime Buyer's Report editors includes phone call surveys with customers of local businesses, checks with state agencies on license and complaint history, verification that each business has insurance coverage to protect you as a customer, phone interviews of business owners, signed agreements that they use only legal workers, and more to determine the businesses that are safe to spend with.

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Interior Designers in Marin County serving Fairfax, Kent Woodlands, San Anselmo, Almonte, Mill Valley, Strawberry Point, Tomales, Forest Knolls, Marinwood, Santa Venetia, Belvedere Tiburon, San Quentin, Dogtown, Stinson Beach, Dillon Beach, Larkspur, Corte Madera, Lagunitas, Marshall, San Marin, Nicasio, Tamalpais Valley, Inverness, Sleepy Hollow, Tamal, Olema, Black Point, Mission Rafael, Kentfield, Ignacio, Bel Marin Keys, Marin City, Muir Woods, Lucas Valley, Point Reyes Station, Tiburon, Novato, Ross, Bolinas, San Geronimo, Sausalito, Woodacre, Terra Linda, Greenbrae, Belvedere, Muir Beach and San Rafael

 

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Questions To Ask Interior Designers in Marin County CA

When choosing which interior designer to hire, ask the right questions about their experience, education, range of services, and credentials. more »

 

Resources:

Resources About Interior Designers in Marin County

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