Chandeliers are marvels of drop-dead showiness, the jewellery of architecture.— Peter York
Colossal Interior Design quotations
Some people look for a beautiful place, others make a place beautiful.
You create your own decoration. You choose your color, you choose your mood. ... If you are depressed, you put some bright yellow and suddenly you are happy.
Beige is atmosphere. It's bisque, it's ivory, it's cream, it's stone, it's toast, it's cappuccino. It;s well, it's magic.
Good design is obvious, great design is transparent.
I am going to design, in a great hurry, and I believe to build a station after my own fancy; that is, with engineering roofs, etc. etc. It is at Paddington, in cutting, and admitting of no exterior, all interior and all roofed in.
I am going to make everything around me beautiful - that will be my life.
One sits more comfortably on a colour that one likes.
Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.
It wasn't that I had any great dream of being an architect.
I just wanted to make things. Whether it was furniture, painting, interior design, or architecture. I just wanted to create something.
I'm an artist, a designer, a craftsman, interior designer, half-architect.
There's no one name that fits me very well.
The main purpose of my work is to provoke people into using their imagination and make their surroundings more exciting.
If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan.
Luxury starts where functionality ends and where the true value is personal and so has no price or reason.
I make no special difference between architecture and design, they are two different stages of invention.
There seems to be within all of us an innate yearning to be lifted momentarily out of our own lives into the realm of charm and make believe.
Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak
It is important to realize that whatever we do or design has iconographic references, it comes from somewhere; any form is always metaphorical, never totally metaphysical; it is never a 'destiny' but always a fact with some kind of historical reference. To put an object on a base means to monumentalize it, to make everyone aware it exists.
There is no excuse for doing anything which is not strikingly beautiful.
Just as a picture is created by adding a dab of paint at a time, the best arrangements are created a step at a time, with pauses so you can step back and see the overall effect.
Good design is all about making other designers feel like idiots because the idea wasn't theirs.
An interior designer must be able to clarify his intent keeping ever in mind that decorating is not a look, it's a point of view.
Decorating is not about making stage sets, it's not about making pretty pictures for the magazines, it's really about creating a quality of life, a beauty that nourishes the soul.
Rooms should be timeless.
Good design is as little design as possible.
Birds are so much wiser than we! A robin builds a nest for robins.
A seagull builds a nest for seagulls. They don't copy each other - or build themselves nests as described in The Birds' Decorating Magazine.
Even if it's not a style of architecture or period you like, a decorator has to have a feel for a house's personality and try not to fight against it. I like to get the juice out of a house and not spoil it.
How obvious it is that color has its various connotations-hue, value, and intensity - and without the basic understanding of these three determining factors, we are somewhat limited in the proper use of color in rooms.
Design is where science and art break even.
Innovation is often the ability to reach into the past and bring back what is good, what is beautiful, what is useful, what is lasting.
No pattern should be without some sort of meaning.
Decoration can be a state of mind, an unusual perception, a ritual whisper.
While great art makes you wonder, great design makes things clear.
For a house to be successful, the objects in it must communicate with one another, respond to and balance one another
It is just as disastrous to have the wrong accessories in your room, as it is to wear sport shoes with an evening dress.
When a man's home is born out of his heart and developed through his labor and perfected through his sense of beauty, it is the very cornerstone of life.
Design is an opportunity to continue telling the story, not just to sum everything up.
Simplicity, suitability and proportion.
The essence of interior design will always be about people and how they live.
It is about the realities of what makes for an attractive, civilized, meaningful environment, not about fashion or what's in or what's out. This is not an easy job.
My business is to preach to you the beauty of suitability.
Luck is the residue of design.
You don't sell a commodity, you sell joy, gaiety, excitement.
You aim at people's hearts, not their minds.
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.
I believe in doing the thing you feel is right. If it looks right, it is right.
Ceilings must always be considered. They are the most neglected surface in a room.
I deeply believe that a beautiful decor can have a beneficial influence on our lives.