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Sacramento native Richard Read began his career in 2007 and has since become one of California’s most sought-after interior designers for his sophisticated sense of design. His passion for interior design, however, came much before then. Growing up with a family in construction and architecture, Richard’s curiosity for design came at an early age, always exploring and learning from his dad’s projects and plans. That eventually led him to obtain an interior design degree from CSU Sacramento before moving to Palm Springs.
Richard’s designs are known for their unique style, inspired by different design periods, eclectic textures, color palette combos, mixed metals and distinctive art. He doesn’t get caught up in trends but creates an individual style of each client. Whether it’s a small intimate space or a vast, communal area, Richard ensures no room is created the same.
In a little over a decade, Richard Read, has earned many accolades over his career including making the 40 Under Forty list for Palm Springs Life Magazine. Read also opened his interior design showroom in Palm Desert, Richard Read Interiors, in 2015. His diverse range of style has crossed state lines and can be applied to any project including individual homes, construction, lavish residential designs and furnishings.
What is the most rewarding part about your profession?
The finished project and seeing my client’s reaction. Sometimes I work on a project for six months while my client leaves for the summer season. When I see their reaction when they see their space for the first time is my favorite part. When my client is really satisfied and overwhelmed that means I’ve helped make their dreams come true. Knowing I was able to make that happen is the best part of what I do.
Why did you decide to open your own business?
I wanted to explore my individual style and have the freedom to apply it to my designs. Opening my own show room was also a way for me to keep up with industry changes. So much is done online that having my showroom is a way to showcase my style and be competitive.
What elements define and make your style unique?
Diversity and flexibility. I’m not afraid to mix and try difference things. I design what works naturally and what will make the space stylish and comfortable.
Shat advice would you give an aspiring designer?
Cultivate your curiosity, don’t be afraid to think outside the box and explore different styles. It’s your opportunity to develop your own taste and style. Get comfortable with feedback and, most importantly, remember the client is always right!