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Oakland Modern Interior Designers

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Mister Clean Machine
4.9
from 88 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 132 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Robert G.
Verified review

Full cleaning 2700 sq ft home - 9 hours. Best brokered or web-led housecleaning experience EVER. Michael is a smart (IQ and especially EQ) and articulate man who quickly became immersed (with a ton of energy) in our tasks with a high level of sensitivity to our particular home stage. He is a totally capable cleaner, sure - used a totally effective combo of his and our own chemicals, tools and methods - got the house lastingly clean (it's been 4 days since now, time to dispassionately inspect) in all the conventional ways, missed only a few nooks or crannies - and he sincerely wanted to know what we catch that he misses (we got the sense he'll remember for next time). BUT - what else? Most cleaners (especially on first time gigs) reveal a lot by how they handle the dusting / knick knack challenge - Michael got bookshelves and cabinets and chests and mantles and all that clean, "picking up" every little item to dust beneath, AND then surprised us by tweaking placement - staging - of MANY of the little precious things we've accumulated over the years and (not making this up) we had to agree 100% of the time that he'd put things back better than where he found them. He knew this was a scary thing to offer - told us some people ask him to refrain and he quickly restores things as they were ... but folks, this guy (he has apparently worked as a professional interior "stager") is genuinely talented - and this one housecleaning left us with improvements we really liked! So in addition to a VERY well cleaned home - we got insight and a freshening of how we live with some of our favorite little stuff. Hell of a deal - his rates are solidly in the middle of the market range for good cleaners. He has a great, informal way of handling scheduling and was totally candid upfront and easy about the business, personal space and performance aspects of a house-cleaning relationship. We'll have him back in a month for sure.

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  • 5 years in business
  • 80 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sara A.
Verified review

Jasper did an excellent job of designing and building my computer desk and storage unit. On our first meeting he was able to translate the description of what I wanted into a drawing with measurements. On his next visit he confirmed the measurements and proposed workarounds for dealing with challenges such as the room's molding as well as taking a paint sample to match the color of the unit with the room. The results were better than I expected. The unit truly looks built-in with molding around the top that matches the molding in the room. Though it's a floor to ceiling unit, it does not feel overbearing due to the design, color and seamless attachment to walls and ceiling. He was easy to work with when making adjustments in order to accommodate placement of my computer equipment. When I specified what I wanted, I got exactly that. Jason is an extremely competent woodworker and very fast executor. I would highly recommend him.

NBL Design
5.0
from 28 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 47 hires on Thumbtack
Bernard S.
Verified review

Working with Nicki and NBL Design was a wonderful experience! Nicki is very talented and a pleasure to work with! Nicki and her associates did an outstanding job! They were all very professional and courteous and got this project completed in record time! And... within a few weeks our property was in escrow!! I would high recommend them to anyone looking for beautiful, tasteful design in staging! I look forward to working with NBL and Nicki again on our next project!

Goodfriend Color Design
4.9
from 23 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Rebecca G.
Verified review

Rachelle is an excellent interior designer and color consultant. She helped me, a year after my daughter was born to buy new furniture and redo my living room, dining room, bedroom, and my daughter's bedroom. She was a joy to work with! She brought out and worked with my ideas; she added her own inspiration; and all of the nicest touches and pieces come from her visioning. It was a very important time in my life, and she made something beautiful happen! Her gift is especially with textiles and colors. Not only did she help me get great foundations, she did things like having a special custom pillow made for my bed which matched the upholstered bench, which is just gorgeous. The thing you get with working with Rachelle is someone who is gifted and enjoyable in making a process come out and work for you. Thank you Rachelle! Her work has brought so much lasting joy to my family's life and experience. I am now moving out of state, and Rachelle is helping me with interior paint colors for my new home.

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Regson Services
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kiku M.
Verified review

I used J.A. Services in two occasions. On the first, they furnished my SOMA tri-level loft as a furnished rental unit, and on the other occasion, they staged my loft for a sale. J.A. Services not only met my key requirements but also exceeded my expectations on both occasions. My key requirements were as follows. For the rental, I wanted a modern and comfortable living environment with inexpensive furniture that did not look cheap. For the staging, I sought to maximize the value received in the sale. For both, J.A. Services exceeded my requirements. J.A. Services also completed their work on a very tight schedule, allowing me to market my unit quickly. I very much appreciated J.A. Services and their excellent eye for designing contemporary, urban, and comfortable living environments.

An Affair With Color
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Bianca S.
Verified review

We hired Kunjan for an interior design project: to help improve our living space without making any major furniture purchases. Kunjan helped us make our apartment feel like home! She is very talented, and was a complete joy to work with. There are a several things that are worth mentioning. 1) She spent time with us, in person and on pinterest, learning what we liked and didn't like. 2) She used everything that we already had to the maximum extent possible. 3) She was great at finding cost-effective things and thinking of cost-effective solutions for what we wanted. 4) She has a really great eye for interior design and color! 5) She clearly and professionally communicated about the budget throughout the time she worked with us. 6) She was extremely committed to our project, and accommodating to our schedules. 7) She is easy going and fun. We are so happy with how our home looks now. I would hire her again in a heartbeat and highly recommend her.

Studio MB Interior Design
4.9
from 15 reviews
  • 30 years in business
  • 66 hires on Thumbtack
Jill L.
Verified review

I really enjoyed working with Maria to update the downstairs of our home. She helped us warm up the entire house just by adding art, shelving, assisting with reupholstering our kitchen chairs, wallpapering our bathroom, painting the cabinets and updating the light fixture, finding a new chandelier for our dining room, and more. She was very professional and works hard to understand your budget and stay within it, as well as get a feel for your taste. She has a great eye and it is obvious that interior design is her passion because she is amazing at what she does. We are so happy with the work Maria did and we plan on using her in the near future to do some updating to the upstairs of our home. I highly recommend Maria!

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Angela Grace Design
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

I moved into a tiny apartment in SF without a single piece of furniture. I enlisted Angela's help to make the most out of my small space and was so pleased with the process and the results. She acted quickly by scheduling a call, stopping by my apartment to take measurements and following up with a layout and project scope. We then, worked together to decide on a vision of the space. She sourced pieces, ordered them or in some cases, went to the store to pick them up. She was very hands-on and helpful. Decorating an apartment from scratch can be stressful but Angela remained positive and believed in our vision, which allowed me to do the same. Now my apartment is complete and it feels better than I could have imagined. From a design perspective, it is beautiful but it is also comfortable and functional. I am stoked. The final thing I'd like to share is that working with Angela was actually way more affordable than I thought it could be - she found great deals on furnishing and often received additional designer discounts. Working with her was way easier than doing it alone, the design surpassed what I would have been able to achieve and it turned out to be so affordable. Thanks, Angela!

Precious Dzine
4.9
from 12 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
James A.
Verified review

We wanted a modern kitchen and Sahar helped us pick the right colors and material for the renovation. Her contractor was very good and finished the job on time. Overall a great experience and we are very happy with the result. She was professional and really helped us in choosing the right material.

Casa Velvet Interiors
4.6
from 12 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Christopher J.
Verified review

Casa Velvet is exceptionally talented with their quality of work. They go above and beyond when it comes to satisfying the customer's need. Paulina Carcach in particular was fantastic and would completely recommend her to anyone who is looking to get top quality interior designing.

Daniele Maxwell Designs
4.8
from 11 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
Leah R.
Verified review

I enthusiastically recommend Daniele to all my friends for their home decorating needs. Daniele transformed my living room from blah and boring to stylish and modern in no time flat. She is an expert in furniture, paint colors, flooring, and accents with a keen eye for creating warm, inviting spaces. Plus, she knows all the best places to shop so you can create a beautiful look and stay within your budget. Daniele takes all the stress out of decision-making and decorating so you can really enjoy your updated house.

Clizia Design
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Hillary S.
Verified review

Serena is incredible! She designed our office space and it is so nice we have had people ask for pictures so they can try and get a similar design. Serena has such a skill for making dynamic, bright, warm, and comfortable spaces. She is quick to respond, stays within budget, and listens to feedback completely. She helped us create a vision for our space and then went above and beyond for it - like giving us multiple floor layouts for more employees as we grow. She even did all of the ordering for me and readily had a handyman and painter available to do all of the installation and painting for the space. I just had to look at designs and make decisions. Truly an effortless and incredible process. Every person that saw our office space before has been in awe of the new space. If anyone is looking for an interior designer I will 100% recommend Serena first. And if we ever move offices I know who I am calling immediately!

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2d3d4d5d
4.8
from 8 reviews
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Rachelle G.
Verified review

David is a caring and enthusiastic man and a delight to work with. He is very efficient and gets the job done quickly. I am grateful to him because, although I am an interior designer and certified color consultant, I do not have expertise in drawing to scale sketches of the spaces I'm hired to design. David helped me by doing those sketches and my clients were impressed. I gave him 4 stars only because some of the sketches needed to be redone because of miscommunication between us. I must admit though that I may have not been thoroughly clear re. measurements. David was always eager to do the best job possible, and I appreciated that immensely. Thank you David. Would hire again.

ISO IDEAS, INC.
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Tim Z.
Verified review

ISO Ideas designed our new home architecture and interior design in the Bay Area. We loved the modern style and customized details. They were very creative, fun to work with and also helped us to meet our budget. Most importantly they were very responsive and responsible to the last detail during construction. We were very grateful for their services.

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Maison4 Design
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Paul L.
Verified review

Very appreciative to Phelan for the color consultation on our condominium's common space refurb (interior and exterior paint & carpet). Can't begin to express how helpful his direction was to achieving consensus across the ownership group. THANKS PHELAN!

  • 11 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Todd V.
Verified review

Wow! Wow! Wow! Normally interior design comes pretty easy for me...until I had a space I couldn't figure out nor deal with. I contacted Forsyth Home Design and Matt came to the rescue. From the first consult to the finished project he was there. Dealing with contractors, color choices, fabrics, and coming up with built in design options. I highly recommend them for ANY interior project that you might have. Thanks Matt!

  • 2 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Kshitij A.
Verified review

Renu is a caring, determined and passionate interior designer. She converted my ‘house' into ‘home’ in no time. Renu listened, payed attention to details, and recognized my design taste immediately. She did my whole home, that is, bedroom, kitchen, living room, balcony - basically everything. Additionally, working with Renu, I got educated in various things about interior designing, de-cluttering, organizing home, where to do shopping for good things for excellent price. She can also advise on other things like junk removal contacts, home cleaning contacts and anything that comes in the way of interior designing. I found her to be a very trustworthy person. After the consultation - I did not need to be home to get interior designing done, I left my spare keys with her without worrying. I thoroughly enjoyed working with Renu and I strongly recommend her consultation and services. I am definitely reaching out to Renu’s help again, whenever required. -Kshitij

  • 20 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Mitch O.
Verified review

They staged our property for resale and we got top dollar. In addition, we have used them for some of our interior design projects both for our homes and our office.

Nomadic Interiors
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Chris R.
Verified review

It was an absolute pleasure to work with Tamara on my living & dining room renovation. My budget wasn't huge but somehow she managed to still keep all of my must-haves into the design, plus a few more things I didn't know I needed! I wanted a space that felt high-end but still cozy at the same time, and she helped me achieve that. I would highly recommend Tamara for your interior design needs!

Adroit Interiors
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Ian C.
Verified review

For years, we knew we needed to declutter and reorganize our house, but we kept telling ourselves that we should just do it ourselves - but It had been years and we still hadn’t done it. So, We hired Adroit Interiors to help us de-clutter our apartment and help us reorganize and rearrange our entire house - and it was 110% worth it! We have been bragging about their work to all our friends, and have fallen newly in love with our apartment. Having all of this get completed with experts’ help and direction was such a huge relief. We are so much happier in our space now and so glad we worked with them. Michela and Jasmine helped us remove over 300 lbs of junk and clutter. Because they took care of making sure things were sustainably donated, recycled, or otherwise responsibly disposed of it was a stress- and worry-free experience for us. They were amazing at helping us work through not just the physical process of gathering, sorting, and removing things, but they also were amazing at helping us see things clearly and feel good about the process even though it can be surprisingly emotional to eliminate clutter you’ve had for a decade. Michela and Jasmine helped reorganize and better use our space. My wife and I now have an amazingly well-organized closet! My wife wears many more of her clothes than she used to and puts together more outfit combinations than before because she can see all her clothes now. Keeping it clean has been so easy now that they’ve given us such a well-designed setup. When designing her new layout/organization system, they took into account our own personalities and habits to make sure the system we are set up with was one that has been easy to maintain. During the process, Adroit also helped rearrange several of our rooms. They created 3D renderings of various layouts and showed us what was possible with our existing furniture and helped us source new pieces, as well as putting to use items that had been languishing in storage. By the end of our time with Adroit we had so much faith in their abilities that we let them reorganize our entire kitchen without us being involved. No exaggeration, the way they put things away is so well thought-out and considered that when we can’t remember the new home for something, we can easily figure it out because things just make sense now. Cooking and keeping the kitchen clean has become much easier thanks to them. We can not recommend them highly enough - Adroit Interiors lifted a huge weight off our shoulders and we are so much happier in our space than we were before.

Collected Studio
5.0
from 1 review
  • 5 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Rick N.
Verified review

Collected Studio did a great job on paint color selections for our Commercial building, gave us 3-5 color schemes to choose from and was very attentive and helpful.

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What does it mean to stage a home?

Home staging is the real estate strategy of decorating your home to be as marketable as possible to your target demographic. Home staging is done by interior decorators and other design pros hired by the homeowner or realtor, prior to putting a house on the market. Think of it as setting the stage for potential buyers to fall more easily in love with their future homes — and to spend top dollar to get them. It’s likely to be worth the investment: The Real Estate Staging Association reports that staged homes spend 90 percent less time on the market than those that are not staged. Home stagers can also be hired even if you’re not going anywhere. Stagers can consult on new layouts for your current home, much like an interior decorator.

Home staging can take place while you still occupy the house you plan to sell, or when the home is vacant. For an occupied home, the home stager will clear out clutter, rearrange furniture, and bring in decor and furniture as needed to create the perfect environment. Usually an occupied home has far too much of the current owner’s personality stamped on it, which makes it hard for prospective buyers to envision themselves living there. A home stager should neutralize and beautify the space. In vacant homes, a home stager will bring in furniture and decor so that potential buyers don’t walk into an empty house, which can be equally hard to imagine living in as a cluttered, occupied home.

 

What do interior designers do?

Interior designers do much more than pick complementary paint colors and choose matching furniture — although those tasks are important parts of the job. Unlike decorators, interior designers usually have an associate of science degree or certificate of achievement in interior design from an accredited program. They’re trained in drafting, lighting and computer aided design (CAD), and are experts in room-specific design and residential space planning. Interior designers use these skills to plan and design safe, highly functional and beautiful interior spaces, from kitchens and bathrooms to family rooms and bedrooms. They determine space requirements, work within building codes and inspection regulations, and meet accessibility standards. An interior designer’s day-to-day job includes creative and technical tasks, both of which often require great communication skills:

  • Creating model rooms and visuals using design software.
  • Researching different textiles, materials, finishes, lighting and furniture.
  • Hiring suppliers, vendors, and contractors.
  • Estimating costs and making bids on potential jobs.

How do you find a good interior designer?

For many homeowners, the difference between a good interior designer and a bad one is simply a matter of taste — but all good designers have similar skill sets. Interior designers usually have a degree or certificate in interior design, with training in design principles and lighting, drafting, and computer aided design (CAD) software. Good interior designers have strong color balancing skills and understand how different colors influence spatial perception and moods. They know the building and electrical codes in the areas where they practice, and they make sure that any contractors they hire also work to those codes. They are knowledgeable about different upholstery fabrics and draperies, stay ahead of residential design trends, and maintain their own individual creativity. Also, good interior designers have excellent space designing skills, so they can arrange a space efficiently and with ideal traffic flow. Ultimately, hiring a good interior designer means pinpointing one whose signature style is complementary to your personal style — so checking out many designers’ portfolios is a must — and whose communication methods match yours.

How much does it cost to stage a home for sale?

Nationally, the price for home staging ranges between $750 and $1,500. The price varies based on how many rooms in the house need staging, whether furniture and decor are needed or the stager can work with the client’s belongings, whether the home is occupied or vacant, and the sale price of the home. Occupied homes typically cost less to stage as they are already furnished, and can require less time and resources than staging an empty house. The main tasks when staging an occupied home are rearranging and decluttering. Staging an empty house can be more expensive as furniture and decor need to be trucked in, requiring transportation, physical labor and potential rental fees. Here are some examples of average home staging costs:

  • 2-hour consultation: $200, includes DIY tips and guidance.
  • 1- to 2-hour consultation and design session: $250, including written report.
    • Additional design consulting: $65 per hour.
  • 8 hours of staging an occupied home: $800.
    • Hands-on staging involving moving furniture, hanging and moving art, and decluttering.
  • Starting price for staging a vacant home could be $2,200.
  • A home stager may charge 1 percent of the home’s selling price.

How do you choose an interior designer?

Choosing an interior designer is all about finding one whose signature style fits well with your tastes and who can work within your budget. To choose the right professional for your interior design project, ask yourself these five questions:

  • What is your signature style? Good interior designers can both describe their personal aesthetic and demonstrate their signature style through their portfolios. Make sure it appeals to you.
  • How will you make sure the design fits my lifestyle? Good designers understand that the interior design must improve a homeowner’s experience in their home and fit into their lifestyle; for example, a white suede sofa is a poor choice for a family with large dogs and small children.
  • How much do you charge? Depending on the project, an interior designer may charge an hourly rate, a flat fee or a percentage of the project’s total cost.
  • How will you stick to my budget? An interior designer should have a plan for staying within your budget, which includes full transparency of costs and flexibility when choosing materials and furnishings.  

Because an interior design project is highly collaborative and based on hard-to-define personal preferences, it’s most important to choose a designer who communicates clearly and listens closely to you.

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