Washington is known as one of the big design markets in the world, especially considering the innovation factor that has brought into the design market. We’re going on a journey to discover the best interior designers in Washington, to get to know all the inspiration you need for next year!
1. Andrew Law Interior Design
In business ten years, Andrew Law takes what he calls a “clean and current” approach to traditional design. His interiors are inspired by classical Virginia architecture, particularly Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and Poplar Forest, and almost always include a mix of antiques and contemporary pieces.
2. Barry Dixon
Dixon fell in love with design early on—his family lived on almost every continent when he was a child, and he enjoyed helping redecorate each time they moved. His designs blend old and new; he likes to incorporate beautiful antiques into all of his spaces. In addition to designing interiors, Dixon has lines of furniture, fabrics, and rugs.
This firm specializes in contemporary architecture and interior design. Designer Sophie Prévost says she likes to have fun with her projects. A recent redesign of an Adams Morgan condo included a rooftop terrace with an herb garden, outdoor kitchen, and grill.
4. Darryl Carter
Named one of America’s top 25 designers by Elle Decor, Darryl Carter creates calm spaces that respect a room’s interior architecture. The former lawyer does mostly large-scale residential renovations: “I like to introduce bold color in artwork or as a surprise on the interior of an entry coat closet.”
5. Design Partners
In the business for more than 25 years, Nancy Colbert describes her style as elegant and classic but updated. Though her firm specializes in residential remodeling, her redesign of a drab condominium lobby on the edge of Georgetown into a contemporary space with LED custom-light fixtures is a recent favorite project of hers: “Residents would walk into the lobby and think they were in the wrong building.”
6. DLH Design Studio
Deborah Houseworth, a past president of the local chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers, says clients come to her for contemporary and colorful style. She makes sure to give every room a focal point, such as an eye-catching piece of art.
7. Gary Lovejoy Associates
Lovejoy is known for his contemporary work. In the 2011 DC Design House, he incorporated leather, metal, stone, and cowhide into a sunroom. A native Washingtonian, Lovejoy is a member of the Washington Design Center Hall of Fame. “I like simple lines and uncluttered spaces,” he says.
8. Houseworks Interiors
Dee Thornton, the owner of this 19-year-old firm, likes pairing unlikely colors, such as burnt orange and purple. Thornton recently used bold colors and art to give a jolt of energy to a traditional home in Alexandria.
9. JD Ireland Interior Architecture & Design
In 2010, House Beautiful named co-owners Joseph Ireland and Julie Weber designers to watch. Ireland says their work ranges from formal to relaxed. “More and more, we’re designing rooms with the artwork in mind at the beginning,” he says.
10. Jodi Macklin Interior Design
This Washington native worked in marketing for Estée Lauder for five years before changing gears to design. She’s known for a functional, simple style. She recently designed a contemporary, two-story home in the woods using all-natural materials: “I like to design without a lot of clutter, finding beauty in simplicity and objects.”
11. Kelley Interior Design
Kelley Proxmire, who is in the Washington Design Center Hall of Fame, worked for interior designer Robert Waldron before starting her own practice 20 years ago. She describes her designs as “traditional but updated” and likes to incorporate contemporary art pieces. Although she loves color, you’ll never see rose or teal in her rooms.
12. Lisa Vandenburgh Interior Design
Vandenburgh’s love of art grew from scavenging for antiques as a child with her mother. She aims to bring a sense of fun to her projects and describes her style as “casually elegant.” The furniture in her spaces is often custom-made.
13. Mona Hajj Interiors
Hajj, who studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art, says traveling in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East shaped her aesthetic. Named one of the top 100 designers in the world by Architectural Digest, Hajj describes her style as “understated, comfortable, and relaxed.” She likes to use antique rugs and fresh flowers.
14. Patrick Sutton Associates
Sutton’s trips around the world with his father, a travel journalist, inspired him to study architecture in college. He later switched to interior design after realizing “that true design doesn’t stop with the facade of a building.” His interiors are warm and comfortable, and his architectural training brings technical expertise to his projects.
15. Raji Radhakrishnan
Washington designer Raji Radhakrishnan, who owns Raji RM & Associates and the online gallery and shop Maison Et Toi, is famous for her modern and traditional interiors with a mix of styles and cultures. She has a unique and most extraordinary design approach. Architectural details, exceptional craftsmanship, carefully selected pieces, comfortable perches – all brought together to create rooms that are not only inviting but which make you want to stay, live in, and enjoy.
16. Sally Steponkus Interiors
During college, as a salesperson at the Washington Design Center’s Robert Allen fabric showroom, Steponkus developed a love of fine fabrics with strong prints and patterns. She describes her style as “updated traditional.” In 2010, she was listed as one of 20 up-and-coming interior designers in the country by House Beautiful.
17. Sandra Meyers Design Studio
Meyers worked for Justine Sancho before opening her design firm in 2005. Meyers says her style ranges from traditional to contemporary; local designer Barry Dixon is a strong influence on her work. You’ll never see upholstery or furniture that doesn’t wear well in her spaces: “I really stress to my clients: Don’t buy for now; but for the future.”
18. Thomas Pheasant
Many say Pheasant is Washington’s best interior designer; one peer says his designs “put Washington on the map.” A regular on Architectural Digest’s list of the top 100 designers, Pheasant has a staff often. His elegant spaces often use neutral palettes and aim to evoke a sense of serenity.
19. Victoria Neale Interiors
Neale started her design firm 12 years ago after working for Barry Dixon. Selected as one of the top 125 American designers by House Beautiful, Neale gravitates toward warm shades and doesn’t hesitate to use strong colors.
20. Zoe Feldman Design
Feldman got her start in interior design in New York City. She describes her style as “organic modern” and she says using gold in rooms gives the space a “touch of glamour.”