10 Fantastic (And Affordable!) Interior Designers In San Francisco
Finding a great interior designer in San Francisco can be a challenge. Even though the Bay Area is full of design talent, knowing where to look and how to determine if an interior designer will be the perfect fit for your project can be overwhelming. Fortunately, we've done the work for you and curated some of the best interior designers in every design style, ranging from fresh emerging interior designers to more established interior designers with a signature look. All of these interior designers are taking on new clients - here's your chance to work with one of these talented interior designers to any room in your home.
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Design style: Modern
If you’re looking for a unique point of view that’s distinctly and uniquely California then Elena Calabrese Design & Décor is your choice. This San Francisco interior design firm has one clear mission: to create elevated interiors that honestly reflect a client’s particular personality. Elena combines earthly elements with layered textures and modern lines. Her design approach is to add touches of luxury and unexpectied combinations, resulting in dynamic homes that are still comfortable.
Elena got her start in life in California. She earned her BFA from California College of the Arts and she also studied Interior Design at Berkeley. After graduating, she spent a decade in the interior design industry, both in New York working for DKNY and in San Francisco. In 2007, Elena decided it to move into interior design, and she has been working with clients ever since. She lives in Mill Valley with her family, including her husband, her son and two cats.
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3D rendering of interior design by San Francisco designer Elena Calabrese
Design style: Modern-eclectic
Briana Nix got her start in the design industry the same way so many successful interior designers have: by working with a mentor. Briana spent three years working under the mentorship of William Lee, who is the master of the Danish and mid-century furniture movement in New York City. This time allowed her to study the classics but also to incorporate minimal and modern function into her designs. She later put that approach to work for NBC, Country Home Magazine, Ralph Lauren Home, In Style and Jimmy Choo.
With that experience under her belt, Briana decided to move to San Francisco. Her work as a San Francisco interior designer draws from that invaluable experience. She weaves threads of whimsy and simplicity to create elevated spaces both inside and outside the home. She has always kept an eye on practicality as well so that her spaces are maximized for everyday use.
Work with Briana:
3D rendering of interior design by San Francisco designer Briana Nix
Design style: Traditional
Andrea Spencer Pannes is a San Francisco interior designer who is renowned for her approach to her work. She relentlessly pursues the goal of reflecting the homeowner’s unique personality in every one of her designs. Andrea’s background is wide-ranging - she spent time as a buyer for a high-end retailer, she has designed television sets for world-famous chefs, and she even spent time working in a professional marketing environment - and that has provided her with the innate ability to see things from her clients’ points of view. All of this has led to truly unique designs and a designer reputation that deservedly precedes her.
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Photo credit: San Francisco designer Andrea Pannes
Design style: Modern-eclectic
It seems that Brian Dittmar was born to work as a San Francisco interior designer, even though he grew up across the country in Wilmington, Delaware. When he was a child, Brian fell in love with classic furniture and pursued that interest by exploring the famous collections of the Wintherthur Museum near his childhood home. Brian was already managing kitchen redesign projects in high school, when he served as an apprentice for a local firm in Delaware.
All of these life and professional experiences culminated when Brian opened BRIAN DITTMAR DESIGN. The firm is a San Francisco interior designer that designs both interior and exterior spaces. Brian’s designs are timeless and hued towards the distinct desires of every client. His work and his firm have both appeared on HGTV. His work has also been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, California Home + Design, HGTV magazine, HomeColors, House Beautiful, Delaware Today, Gentry Design and Romantic Homes magazines as well as on Houzz, Pop Sugar, The Simplified Bee and The Style Saloniste.
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Photo credit: San Francisco designer Brian Dittmar
Design style: Modern-eclectic
There’s something to be said about growing up with a dad who is a contractor, which is what interior designer Jessica McCarthy did. Her dad wasted no time in teaching Jessica everything he knew about the building, construction and interior design industries and Jessica has spent her life making use of and building upon that knowledge. She hasn’t forgotten her foundation in her interior designs, either, as she loves to hunt for older furniture pieces as she incorporates them into designs that bring back the glory days of the 1960’s and 1970’s with a flair of modern elegance that leads to truly unique and inspiring results.
Jessica enjoys working in the dining room. That’s likely because she loves throwing dinner parties. She will also get her hands dirty and not hesitate to pick up a hammer and get to work on a project herself, much like her dad did for so many years. She also enjoys studying astrology and mixing in searches for a new coffee shop as she looks for those vintage pieces of décor.
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Customer review for Jessica:
"Jessica pushed the design to create a modern boho experience that has become a refuge and retreat from the world outside. It is so much more than a place to sleep. We now hang out all morning in our bedroom. In fact, I spend a lot of days working in my bedroom instead of an office. It's such an inspiring and enjoyable space that I can't stay away from it. It really has showed me what good design can do for a space."
Photo credit: Rennai Hoefer
Design style: Modern
About Braun + Adams:
Kristina Braun and Emily Adams founded Braun + Adams, and the world of San Francisco interior design has never been the same since. The firm handles residential interior design and it tends to focus on casually elegant interiors. Their experience and skills are as varied as the locations of their recent projects, which include homes in Marin, Pacific Heights and Noe Valley. Both partners believe in interior design that incorporates the values of a client’s personality along with connecting aesthetic design and everyday function.
Kristina earned her degree in Interior Design at Parsons the New School for Design. She spent her time earning a strong track record of success both in San Francisco and in Manhattan. She founded her own firm in 2009 and handled projects in San Francisco, New York and Dubai. Not long thereafter, she co-founded Braun + Adams.
Emily has been passionate about interior design since childhood, and her varied experiences only add to her renowned work. She started her career in the business world and carries that approach over into her current design projects. All of this perspective helps her to shape interiors that are elegant, stylish and ultimately within budget and on time.
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3D rendering of interior design by San Francisco designers Braun + Adams
Design style: Modern-eclectic / Traditional-eclectic
When practicality and inspiration converge, you’ve got the makings of a tremendous interior design. That’s always been the belief of Joanna Staniszewski, a San Francisco interior decorator who has had a passion for this type of work since she was a child. Joanna is not only a San Francisco interior designer, she’s also a practicing artist, and she brings that innate flair to her work. Joanna also brings a world of experience – literally – to every project she takes on with clients. She has lived in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, Mexico and Southeast Asia. All of these life experiences add to her touch as an interior designer.
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3D rendering of interior design by San Francisco designer Joanna Staniszewski
Design style: Modern-eclectic
Kendall is a San Francisco interior designer who truly brings a piece of herself to every project. That happens to be exactly what she wants her clients to do as well. Kendall looks to several sources for inspiration, including vintage pieces of décor, local artisans and nature. Kendall’s interior design roots trace back to the East Coast. She spent time working in a high-end New York City real estate market, where she gained experience working with luxury residential designs. Kendall’s San Francisco interior design clients will describe her design style as a fresh and exciting, mixing luxe items with organic and eclectic elements, creating beautiful modern-eclectic spaces that are also comfortable.
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3D rendering of interior design by San Francisco designer Kendall Ponger
Design style: Eclectic
Noz Design is a full-service residential San Francisco interior design firm, although it serves clients across the United States. Noz provides interior design ideas that are clearly eclectic and unique, but they also keep an eye on functionality and the maximization of every space. In addition, Noz believes that an eclectic design is a mix of investment items with cheap but chic items, always with the client's budget in consideration.
Noz comes from the California tech startup world, and that entrepreneurial spirit and zest are apparent in all of her projects. She is a native Californian, and as such has always appreciated the artistry that goes into California interior design. Her work is renowned and has appeared on Elle Décor, The Today Show, Bloomberg TV, CNBC and Curbed SF.
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3D rendering of interior design by San Francisco designer Noz Nozawa
Design style: Traditional-eclectic
Grace is another native Californian who has long admired the California interior design style. She actually grew into interior design by way of a love of fashion, and the same type of eye for that world tends to lend itself well to interior design. Grace got her start in the interior design world by studying at The Interior Design Institute and has not looked back since. Grace operates under the motto of, "If it involves making a space beautiful, then that is my delight!"
Work with Grace:
3D rendering of interior design by San Francisco designer Grace De La Rue