Creating the space we live in is a hugely important process, especially in Mallorca where many of us move for the calming Mediterranean ambience. Making sure your home feels as relaxed as possible calls the help of a specialist who can advise on colours, furnishings and positioning. Should you struggle with picking designs and knowing which furniture stores to visit, a Mallorca interior designer can help clarify what your home needs and in what ways it can be achieved.
While many great interior designers are based here, their work regularly sends them overseas. Therefore, ideas and influence not only come from the Mediterranean, but from design capitals like New York, London and Paris. Catalogues and fabric samples are rarely dependant on Spanish supplies, so breadth of choice is never limited with a Mallorca designer. The island design scene is connected to distributors and manufacturers all over the world, resulting in homes with interiors that reflect a diverse mix of cultures.
How do I find the right interior designer in Mallorca?
To find the right interior designer it pays to visit the capital and peruse some of Palma’s furniture stores. This will help you get a feel for what designers are out there and how you imagine your future home to be furnished. Ideally, you should visit the centre near El Borne and Jaime III where many stores are available. Otherwise, pay a visit to the furniture stores in Son Bugadelles near Santa Ponsa as it consists of bigger stores that include a much wider catalogue of products.
However, if you’re not based in Mallorca or would like your home designed while you’re away, then the best way to choose a designer is to look at some portfolios. You can do this by viewing their work online either via their website or social media. Otherwise, for a more comprehensive overview, read the abcMallorca Home & Décor magazine which includes the island’s top designers and their latest work.
Based on years of local knowledge and first-hand experience, find out the the best furniture stores to visit in Mallorca, chosen by editor Helen Cummins.
Do they speak my language?
You can guarantee that in Mallorca the majority of interior designers speak English. While there are a number of designers who were born on the island, many have come from outside Spain from countries like UK, Germany, Sweden and Italy. The number of languages spoken reflects Mallorca’s booming foreign market, so even if the designer doesn’t speak your language, you can guarantee a member of their team will. For any design company that wants to access the island’s ever-growing international community, then a multilingual workforce is essential.
The service on offer
Once you have chosen your Mallorca interior designer, then the real fun begins.
If you’re available to meet in person, the designer will call you into their store for a consultation. During this first meeting, they will ask what the project is and if you have a budget and deadline. Once this has been discussed, then a series of questions will be asked to establish what style you’re after. Usually your designer will walk around the store with you to present different home settings and help you visualise what they recommend. If you’re not able to meet your designer face to face, then a video call is usually arranged.
After your first meeting, a follow-up home visit is organised where the designer will assess your project. Depending on how much work is involved, this might take anything from an hour to a couple of days.
If it’s more than just interior design that you need, some designers may also provide the following services:
- Architect plans
- Project management
- Sourcing trades and materials
- Local authority permissions
How long will it take to complete my project?
This will depend on the size of your home and whether you desire a complete refurbishment. It usually takes 4-6 months for a renovation project, but this will depend on how busy your designer is and the size of their workforce. For home styling or minor changes, most designers can turn the project around between 4-6 weeks. Bear in mind that materials and furniture being sent from overseas to Mallorca will take longer.
Recommended Interior Designers in Mallorca
Espacio Home Design
Three generations later and Espacio Home Design have grown into a sizeable team of interior designers, lighting engineers and technicians. They work with some of the best brands in Europe and cover all aspects of redecorating your home, from preliminary designs to manufacturing and fitting. With seven showrooms spread across Palma, the company offers an impressive range of services in extras like lighting, sound and visuals. However, their story began as a small carpenters and they still remain to this day specialists in designing furniture, kitchens being one of their most standout talents.
Swedish interior designer Klas Kall is the talented creative behind Palma’s beloved lifestyle store, Rialto Living. Alongside partner Barbara Bergman, Klas offers the authentic Mediterranean lifestyle through his own fabric designs (based off the textures and tones of Mallorca) and gifted eye for bringing character to a room. He was the designer behind the renovation of La Fortaleza in Puerto Pollensa and is the perfect designer for anyone in want of a relaxed holiday home. He regularly travels all over the world for inspiration and loves providing his clients with the latest designs and prints.
Chosen by editor Helen Cummins to refurbish her home, Andrea Pussin at Organic Studio is loved for her creative vision and fresh-thinking approach. She runs her studio in Palma with photographer husband Mauricio Fuertes, who is behind capturing her interior projects. Andrea favours organic fabrics, natural dyes and recycled wood, but she works with a number of international brands and prefers to stay open to new ideas and influences. However, incorporating local artisan work is a running theme in Andrea’s projects and you can expect to discover unique one-off pieces should you choose Organic Studio.
Justine Knox is that friendly face we all need to meet when we feel unsure about re-decorating or undertaking a reformation. She is an award-winning British designer who has carried out work for top celebrity clients with homes on the island. Based in Son Bugadelles at her Knox Design Store, Justine draws from an extensive showroom of colourful displays and vibrant settings. She is fast, reliable and used to working under pressure. Her family-run company not only offer interior design, but also major renovations and construction work.
Carola and Jörg Brinkmöller run Koyo Interior as part of the multi-functional business centre East 26 situated in the town of Santanyí. Spread across two floors, the designers offer a taste of Mediterranean-inspired designs that can be adapted to your home in Mallorca. Throughout the year, they spend time visiting showrooms in Paris, Milan and Madrid to ensure they’re always up to date with new trends. They are able to carry out any size of interior design project and oversee the process from preliminary phase to execution. The running theme throughout their work is creating a pleasant atmosphere in which you can destress and unwind – ideal if you’re looking to create a slow home.
Terraza Balear are centred on “Italian elegance” in which their designers pick from a luxury range of Italian brands. Their signature style is neutral tones and natural fabrics which you can experience at their 1000m2 showroom in Son Bugadelles in Santa Ponsa. Their work spans most of Europe, including the Balearic Islands, Germany and the UK, and involves a huge team of architects, interior designer and decorators. Their services can also be applied to yachting and boats, where luxurious interiors are created for a blissful life at sea. CEO Mariana Muñoz defines her work as “complete harmony in connection with nature and the Mediterranean lifestyle.”
Swiss interior designer Nicole Hoch runs her lifestyle store Livingdreams in Santa Maria where she sells her own custom-made furniture. Nicole takes her inspiration from far-flung places and is passionate about creating interiors that are environmentally-friendly and sustainable. Rarely seeking a polished finish, Nicole’s style is rustic and natural. Her wooden tables and outdoor furniture are sought after by high-end buyers on the island who seek the slow way of life. Her store also encompasses a restaurant and wine bar.
With a huge 2000m2 showroom as their base, the interior designers at Mobles Riera draw from a huge range of designs and styles. Since 1932, the Riera family have been dedicated to mixing and matching to create something unique. There are no creative limitations to what Mobles Riera are able to achieve, nor are they confined to just a select few catalogues. Therefore, if you’re really unsure of what style you’d like, visit their store in Manacor for one of the largest displays of interior design in Mallorca. Their personal and friendly service is always noted and is why, after so many decades, Mobles Riera continue to succeed.
This well-known studio in Palma has over 30 years of experience in interior design and has a portfolio of boutique hotels, rural fincas, holiday homes and offices to their name. Their free consultation includes photos and plan analysis, simplified drawings and information about trends and brands that fit your property. Mostly modern and contemporary, the designs at Trends will suit a range of tastes that will satisfy even the pickiest of client. If you’re renting or selling a property, there is a Home Staging department that can help with lighting and positioning for a photoshoot.
Since beginning their journey in bathroom design, Aquaquae have grown into a leading interior design service. They are part of the Mallorca construction company RCO Grup who are behind some of the most elaborate builds on the island. Their 1250m2 showroom in Palma offers plenty of home inspiration in its presentation of kitchens, bathrooms, illumination and outdoor furniture. They are providers of the brand BOFFI (designer kitchens and bathrooms) and have an in house team who are specialised in this range of products. Additionally, they have a technical department who services are provided through RCO Grup.
Banni Elegant Interiors
Banni Elegant Interiors are a successful Spanish design group with stores and studios in Barcelona, Marbella, Madrid and Mallorca. They have a qualified in-house team of interior designers and decorators who work from a catalogue of over 1,000,000 products of design furniture, modern kitchens and bathrooms. Situated just a few minutes’ walk from El Borne in Palma, the Banni studio in Mallorca comprises of plenty of international brands offering a familiarity to anyone who desires another culture weaved into their home. They are also offer their interior services to businesses such as restaurants, hotels and offices.
The talents of LF91 go far beyond just architecture and construction. This Pollensa-based project management firm also have a talented interior design department who make sure the interior of your new property is as good as it looks outside. Since they oversee the entire project of new builds, their interior designers are used to working with architectural drawings before turning them into fully developed plans. Therefore, if you’re building a house from scratch, it would be advisable to call the services of LF91 to ensure that all the elements of your new property come together well.
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Before entering the world of interior design, Swedish designer Magnus Erhland started his career in fashion most famously for the giant Diesel. On Mallorca he spent three years working on the five star El Llorenç Parc de la Mar in Palma, which received multiple awards within a short time of its opening. His design of the hotel centres on its Arabic history, in which he combines mosaics, leafy patterns and wooden carvings. His talents lie in combining the old and the new, always striving for timelessness as opposed to designs that quickly become outdated.
Designer Magnus Ehrland has completed the grand El Llorenç Parc de la Mar Hotel and the result has got Palma city-breakers buzzing with excitement.
In 2019 French designer Christophe Delcourt worked alongside Minotti to create his sofa collection Daniels. He visited Mallorca to showcase the new furniture at the Seahouse Mediterranean Luxury in Andratx where he collaborated with Terraza Balear. Christophe draws inspiration from nature in which soft lines and neutral colours are weaved into his craftsmanship. He is based in Paris for much of his work, but travels all over the world presenting his unique furniture designs.
French designer Christophe Delcourt reveals how nature inspires him to create furniture that breathes rhythm and movement into the home.
Distinguished designer Marga Rotger has an impressive track record of interior projects in Mallorca. She grew up in Inca and later went to study at the Escuela Superior de Diseño in Palma followed by the Instituto Europeo di Design in Milan. Her life and passion for the Mediterranean is reflected in approach, where she enjoys fusing bright colours and authentic materials such as stone and marble. Some of her previous projects include Nakar Hotel in Palma and Hotel Predi Son Jaumell in Capdepera.
Her name is mentioned more and more frequently in the furnishing world: Marga Rotger from Inca designs outstanding restaurants like La Parada in Palma.
Multi-award winning designer Kelly Hoppen CBE is one of the most sought-after designers of her generation. She received an MBE for services to interior design in 2009 having accomplished thousands of projects over the last forty years. Her trademark is a vintage-inspired “East-meets-West” style which has led her to visiting exotic places around the world. She regularly visits the Far East to gain an insight into creating tranquillity and harmony in the home.
With 40 years’ experience in the industry, London’s world-famous queen of interiors, who holidays on Mallorca, creates rooms for the super-rich.
Daniel and Katja Steen
The Mallorca-based couple at Daniel Steen are the island’s power design duo. Daniel and Katja Steen started their design company over 20 years ago after relocating from Hamburg in Germany. Their clients typically have a holiday home on the island and require help in making their home feel cosier and more comfortable. They describe their style as “very personal” in which they combine antique, modern and sophisticated pieces. They have two stores, one in Palma near Jaime III and another in Hamburg.
Daniel Steen provides tailored advice on styling your home, creating a sense of feeling through design that suits your lifestyle and needs.
Owner of the design company DREIMETA, German designer Armin Fischer made waves in Mallorca after designing the Bikini Island and Mountain Hotel in Port Sóller. His portfolio is made up of largely hotels, which contain equal measure of elegance, colour and bohemian pattern. His work in Port Sóller includes custom-made carpentry work and unique one-off furnishings. Book a weekend at the Bikini Island and Mountain Hotel to get a taste of Armin’s finest work.
The Bikini Island & Mountain Hotel in Port de Sóller showcases the impressive talent, and storytelling, of its designer Armin Fischer.
Too often or not, even when we move into our dream property in Mallorca there is still something missing. Everything else fits into place, the views, surroundings and garden, but what about the interior? Luckily in Mallorca, we have some of the best interior designers in Europe who are eager to turn your house into a luxury Mediterranean home.
At helencummins.com, we pull together over 20 years of slow living in Mallorca. Editor Helen Cummins has worked with some of the island’s best designers on projects close to her heart, including her own home in Son Vida. Therefore, when it comes to getting an insight into which interior designer to choose, trust Helen and her team to recommend the best names in the industry and help you feel comfortable in your newly refurbished home in Mallorca.