What Is Interior Design Anyway?
The dictionary defines it as:
“The design and coordination of the decorative elements of the interior of a house, apartment, office, or other structural space, including color schemes, fittings, furnishings, and sometimes architectural features.
; The art, business, or profession of executing this.”
Today, it’s not just about fabric and wallpaper. In the early 20th century when the profession was just starting to emerge, that would have been an accurate assumption, but the practice has changed markedly since then. Aesthetics are an important component of any interior design project, of course, but it’s about more than that. It’s about planning, problem solving, functional design, the effective use of space and improving the quality of life.
Interior design is everywhere. Everywhere we go has been designed.
Have you ever been in a space that was inviting, easy to navigate and it made you want to stay there? That is great interior design. What about the opposite? Yep, you guessed it! That is poor interior design. Every decision about the design of the space led to that experience!
For those who are aspiring interior designers, fellow designers or those that are interested and curious about it, this post is for you! There is so much to this profession and today I’ll be sharing a few fun facts to know about what interior designing is today.
There Is a Difference Between Decorators and Designers
It has been said that interior designers may decorate, but decorators do not design. One of the main differences is education. While there are programs offered for interior decorating, almost anyone can promote themselves as a decorator without completing any formal education. Interior decorators usually concentrate on the decorative elements of a room, such as the furniture and fabrics. Interior designers can arrange the layout of spaces and are usually involved with projects from start to finish. They may not alter load-bearing walls without approval by a structural engineer and often work directly with architects, engineers and contractors. Interiors designer help create to functional interior spaces by understanding how the spaces will be used.
There Are Specialized Fields Within Interior Design
Interior design is a multifaceted profession with many specialized fields within. I’ll just mention a few. There is residential design which is exactly what it sounds like, improving the quality of residential living spaces while reflecting the personal style of the homeowner. Commercial interior design includes designing effective commercial and business spaces that also reflect the image of the company. Set designers create sets for film, television and theatre. The kitchen is the main gathering space in a home. Kitchen designers create efficient kitchen spaces.
Interior Designers Can Work on a Whole Home Project or Just One Room
Sometimes people think of hiring an interior designer only if they are building a new home or are going to undertake a whole home project, such as a major renovation, or replacing all of their furniture. It’s perfectly fine to get in touch with a designer if you only have a small project that you wish to complete.
Interior Designers Want to Help You Bring Your Vision to Life
The role of a professional interior designer is to listen, assess your needs and then create a design that fits your space. It’s not about what the designer wants or the designer’s personal tastes. Clients may be offered a wide range of design styles to choose from, but when the project is complete and the designer leaves, the intent is for the client to be happy in their space.
What You See on HGTV is Only a Small Part of the Picture
Reality television has been around for a while now and most of us know that what we see within 30 to 60 minutes is a highly edited and condensed version of the full story. While HGTV can be entertaining, inspirational and educational, it’s important to realize what you’re not seeing. You’re not being shown the parts that aren’t really exciting enough to broadcast, like the discussion of the budget, the initial needs assessment, scheduling, signing of contracts, sourcing of materials etc. Please understand that there are weeks or maybe months of planning before the design celeb knocks on the door of the client’s home or place of business and appears to effortlessly execute the design plan.
If you are in this industry too or an aspiring Interior Designer, feel free to leave a question or comment below, or join us in the private MakersCo FB Group (HERE) to discuss!
I hope you learned a few things that you didn’t know before about the field of interior design, thank you for reading fellow makers!
Contributor: Glodeane Brown
Culture Fancier was founded in 2016 by Glodeane Brown, an interior design consultant with a passion for all things relating to arts and culture.
The aim of Culture Fancier is to educate, entertain, and inspire. You’ll find posts about art, art shows, and events, as well as interviews with artists and other creative, inspiring people.
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WHY DO YOU CREATE?
“I’m an interior design consultant at Avenue Road Interiors. I’m a problem solver who loves helping clients take their ideas from vision to reality. You spend so much time in your space, it is so important that your interior is functional and reflects your tastes and your lifestyle.
I have an arts background and have always been passionate about the arts. I started Culture Fancier as a way to educate, entertain, and inspire people. Along the way, I’ve derived personal inspiration from the amazing art shows and events that I’ve attended, and the amazing local and international artists that I’ve interviewed. I simply love it.”