Derrick DeCristofaro: Success is in the Details

He’s booked with some of the today’s biggest names, but when it comes down to what works, interior designer Derrick Decristofaro admits it’s nothing fancy, just the details and knowing what’s right for your client.

You work all over the country, how do you try to incorporate the local vibe into your designs? Do you sometimes try and limit it? 

It’s important to research the area and take note of the local flavor. Classic design and a well-appointed space transcend geography.

Well put. Please describe some of your most challenging spaces? 

The most challenging? Hmm, I’d say that it was designing a living room for a big game hunter. With all those dead animals a strong editorial eye was a must to make sure the space turned out fabulous! Another difficult space was the beachside retreat I was asked to design for a color-blind artist. For the space we had to focus almost primarily on textures and patterns. I mean there could be absolutely no definitive color. Some other tricky areas to design were the thirty thousand square foot restaurant and nightclub, which was a two-year project from the architectural design phase until completion.

Would a unique layout always benefit the designer by expanding their ability to be creative? Or could it limit your options?

I adore a unique or challenging space, and I definitely think that some of the most challenging spaces can inspire my creativity. Whether it’s a beautiful staircase, or a narrow hallway, I think that with hard work and the right eye you can turn any space into something that your client will love.

Open floor plans are more popular than ever and many clients are consumed with the idea of flow. How are your designs patterned to help the occupant feel that the space is stress-free?

A stress free environment almost always begins with function. That is always the most important, followed by comfort. Though at the end you also have to consider the ease of maintaining all the pieces in your design.

Area rugs, our specialty, are versatile. Many upscale homes and businesses have open spaces with traditional hardwood floors. Explain how you tend to incorporate the rugs into your design.

The rug is one of the most integral parts of the design. It’s all about layering of detail and elements. Flooring, lighting and architectural detail are the most important layers in creating the environment.

Do you have a type of area rug that you lean on most? Or is it a case-by-case basis?

I have a passion for natural fibers. A silk blend always provides that upscale feel. I’ve been placing flat weaves with strong graphic patterns.

Are there price limits when it comes to rugs?

Rugs are an important element in the overall design of the space. As a rule twenty percent of the budget for the space should be spent on a rug. The rug, after all is a key element to any room where it’s used!

Do you have any final words of design advice? 

Always choose quality pieces first. A great rug is like your best “LBD” or Dark Suite. It will always be a core element in your wardrobe and can be accessorized for any occasion.

Well put. Where can readers see your work, or make an appointment for consultation?

I have a presence on most social media and of course my web site or check me out at

Thanks for your time today.

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