California may be the land of film stars, entertainment executives and technology entrepreneurs, but it’s also fertile ground for interior designers. So, it is no wonder that Los Angeles has many designers who cater to the high-end market, both for commercial and residential projects. Just like in New York, there is a wealth of creative talent, making it easy for anyone to find a designer that fits their style and budget. Here is a list of the best interior designers in Los Angeles that is a good starting point for finding a design professional.
With a style that The Wall Street Journal describes style as “Merchant Ivory Moderne” and “restraint with a kick,” Peter Dunham restores landmarked houses and collaborates with renowned architects on ground-up projects. Known for a style that wields color and pattern, Dunham designs mix bespoke furnishings, vintage items and modern luxuries. His fabric and wallpaper collection is now sold through 16 global showrooms. He also runs Hollywood at Home, the well-known Mecca for design lovers in the LA Design District. Dunham notes that he does traditional and contemporary styles, but prefers to layer new with vintage, with books, art, and varied materials.
Matt Blacke Inc.
Through Matt Blacke, designer Cliff Fong creates personal spaces that often feature the unexpected and have “relaxed, lived-in and collected look.” Fong’s clients include plenty of celebrities, including Ellen DeGeneres, whom he met through a house-sitting gig. His projects are mainly residential, but he also takes on notable commercial projects. All of them reflect his sophisticated and alluring design style, which is known for its curated selections that mix vintage treasures, subtle architectural details, and fine art pieces. Fong also runs Galerie Half, an emporium that sells 20th century design pieces and European antiques along with architectural elements and art.
Todd Nickey and Amy Kehoe are the duo behind Nickey Kehoe, a design studio and boutique where they work with clients to created livable residential interior designs. The pair calls themselves not the writers of a client’s story but rather the editors, curating a space that is imaginative and thoughtful, yet reflective of the owner’s personality. The boutique holds a wealth of handmade furniture, vintage pieces and home accessories that they have sourced from around the world to grace the warm and charming interiors they design.
Jamie Bush and Co.
Designer Jamie Bush is known for his spaces that blur the lines between architecture and interior design. His training as an architect allows him to approach a design as one coherent vision. His work fuses modern design with organic elements in spaces that layer modern, contemporary pieces with period furniture. Bush’s work has been featured in dozens of publications and he won a AIA award for Bird Dog, his restaurant. In 2014, he partnered with Marc Phillips Decorative Rugs for the launch of his own line, called the ‘TOPO’ rug, which evokes terraced mountain ranges and eroded shorelines.
Martyn Lawrence Bullard
Designer to a full roster of global A-List clients, Martyn Lawrence Bullard is renowned for bold, eclectic and glamorously sophisticated designs. Bullard is a master of many styles, paying meticulous attention to details and insisting on the highest quality. Consistently named among the world’s top designers, his work has been featured in thousands of publications and on countless deign shows. Bullard has his own line of indoor and outdoor fabrics, wallpaper, furniture, and home accessories and recently opened his own shop on Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood. He also launched a line of furniture and home accessories in Frontgate.
Commune is a design studio that provides services in architecture, interior design, graphic design, product design, and brand management. Principals Roman Alonso and Steven Johanknecht take on global residential, commercial and hospitality projects. The collective team of professionals and a network of artists and craftspeople create spaces that are in harmony with their environments. The designers’ selection of materials and appreciation for original architecture and its elements are part of their dedication to sustainability. Commune’s commercial clients are a top notch list of well-known brands.
Travel has an important role in design by Joan Behnke & Associates because it has fueled her creative process. Known for her mantra that design is mainly a fusion of fine art and self-expression, Behnke works closely with clients to convert their spaces into places that are both beautiful and deeply inspirational. By exploring various cultures and design details, she brings an inspired use of color, texture and objects to the creation of her designs. The designer also personally oversees the process for every project, working hand in hand with her staff.
More than a designer, Kelly Wearstler is a global luxury lifestyle brand. Her hallmark style is known for seamlessly fusing diverse periods with color, texture and sophistication, creating what many call new modern American design. Her vibrant commercial interiors grace hotels around the world and her roster of clients includes celebrities and A-list individuals. Wearstler has her own line of bespoke furniture and a boutique on Melrose Avenue that houses a hand-picked array of art, furniture, curiosities, one of a kind vintage pieces she has picked up in her travels. Author of four books on design, she has earned her title of “presiding Grand Dame of West Coast interior design.”
Brown Design Group
Brown Design Group offers services for high-end residential interior design. Founded by Ryan Brown, the firm is known for clean lines and a melding of modern and rustic features. His studio also specializes in designing custom fixtures and furnishings that are then sourced from top artisans. He also travels the globe to find unique pieces for his clients. In addition to design, the firm says it has expertise in full scale building. Brown is likely familiar to fans of the Bravo network because he appeared in early episodes of the show “Flipping Out”.
House of Honey
Tamara Honey leads House of Honey, a multi-disciplinary studio that serves the residential and commercial interior design markets. The firm has made its name by developing a visual narrative that carries through the entire process with clients, allowing for the creation of designs that are authentic and soulful. By melding art, design and cultural elements, Honey provides clients spaces that are not too serious, fresh, and remarkably livable. Two showrooms display original products, vintage finds, and items from her favorite designers.
The youngest design firm on the list, Chad McPhail has made a name for himself among clients for high-end residential and commercial design in four short years. McPhail is popular among those in the creative industries and produces one-of-a-kind spaces that cover a range of styles and periods. The resulting layered custom designs showcase his masterful understanding of all the elements important in design: color, light, texture and scale. Both client personality and location play an important underlying role in the development of a design, yielding spaces that are highly personal, comfortable and artful
An abundance of light infuses the spaces by Clements Design, which is the design firm belonging to mother-son due Kathleen and Tommy Clements. The gallery-like spaces they create for a celebrity-filled roster of clients are clean and spare. The objects displayed within the rooms become like sculpture, especially the rustic antiques the designer chooses for various spaces. They are known for the projects that range from mid-century modern to 1930’s Georgian. The team’s beautiful and discerning designs are often highlighted in top publications like Architectural Digest.
With a focus on decorative arts, designer Jane Hallworth sees design as blend of elements that are uniquely connected to the spirit of each client. Her intensely collaborative work leverages the creativity designers, craftsmen, artists, and fabricators. Hallworth has developed a reputation for her “curatorial eye,” the guides clients in pulling to gather collections of decorative arts based on value and meaning, not trendiness. Called the “modern-day alchemist,” she creates interiors that range from moody and dim to sunny and sweet, depending on the space and client. Hallworth also runs the shop, Hallworth Design, in the La Cienega Design Quarter.
Coastal living is big in California and designer Tim Clarke is known for his casual but elegant beach home designs. A deep understanding of the elements that make a seaside home relaxing, Clarke’s designs bring the effortless beach lifestyle into all the rooms of a client’s home. Inspired by a love of nature, the designer conceives interiors that make prime use of textures, colors, symmetry and asymmetry, all of which relate to a natural palette. Tower 20 is Clarke’s shop in Santa Monica, which features a curated collection of items that bring the natural coastal vibe into a space.
Paul Fortune Design
For more than 30 years, Paul Fortune has been creating interiors that resonate with subtle and timelessness for high-end clients, including many celebrities of film and style. Offering commercial and residential services, Fortune works to highlight the history and materials present at each project. Only working on a limited number of projects each year, the designer’s strength is taking a client’s clear vision and transforming it into a welcoming and stylish space. He currently works as more of a design adviser and is involved in select projects. Fortune’s work has been widely featured in top design and fashion publications.
Perhaps currently best-recognized as the “designer-on-call” to the Kardashians, star designer Jeff Andrews creates sophisticated refreshing, yet very livable interiors. Known for redefining design aesthetics by pushing creative boundaries, Andrews is able to create a sense of home for clients, by merging bold design concepts with warmth. The award-winning designer has also collaborated with a variety of manufacturers to create designs for wallpaper, among other releases. His client list includes families and dozens of celebrities, including Ryan Seacrest, America Ferrera, and Kaley Cuoco.
Molly Luetkemeyer’s fresh and expressive style has been winning over clients since 2001. Her designs are singularly focused on her belief that a home should reflect the occupants’ personality and lifestyle. Finding inspiration in many places, from nature to art to fashion, Luetkemeyer devises designs that are colorful, bold, and often a little Bohemian. The sophisticated spaces appeal to those “who are looking for an injection of color, creativity, art and vision.” Named to a number of top designer lists, including by House Beautiful, the she is regular designer in the TLC network’s hit series Clean Sweep.
Jeffrey Alan Marks
Focused on informality and playful charm, designs by Jeffrey Alan Marks are all about true comfort. Marks has been creating livable spaces for clients across the courtly and overseas for 20 years. Considered a top influential American designer, he creates spaces that are distinctive for their welcoming and purposeful atmosphere, both for residential as well as commercial projects. In addition to an A-list client roster, Marks has collaborations with manufacturers of textiles and home furnishings and has been on Bravo’s “Million Dollar Decorators.”
Amber Interiors offers a full slate of residential design services for clients who want a California-casual, laid-back style of space. Founder Amber Lewis works on projects that range from large-scale remodeling jobs to interior make-overs, creating spaces that feature layered elements. The resulting interiors are bright and airy spaces accented by bold pops of color. Well-Known on social media platforms like Pinterest and Instagram, the designer also runs a shop in Calabasas. In addition to in-person services, Amber also offers an e-decor design service that provides a design plan, including a room concept board, space planning, and a shopping list with links.