Interior design is the science and art of improving the interior of an individual or building to create a more aesthetically pleasing and healthy environment for those who use the space. An interior designer is a person who not only plan studies, coordinates, and oversees these improvement projects, but also makes the interior beautiful. These projects range from remodeling an entire room to a simple improvement to your kitchen. Although there are many fields that one can pursue in order to become an interior designer, there are only four main areas that you must master in order to be a successful interior designer. These include the four main areas of design.
Concept Development: The concepts that you come up with as an interior designer are completely based on the concept development that you see around you. This is basically the research that you do on what the general public would find appealing. This research can take place at the library, online, and through other sources. You will need to find this information out on your own through your own research, but it is possible to learn from others in your field.
Interior Design Concepts: Once you have researched and conceptualized your idea, the next step is to develop your interior design concept. This concept needs to be shown to others in your field for them to agree with your design ideas. The more people can see your concept, the more likely they will be to buy it. There are a lot of different ways to show your concept to others, including drawing it. It is important to remember that a good designer uses sketches and diagrams in their interior design concepts.
Interior Design Elements: After you have developed your interior design concept, you will now need to put it into physical form. This can be done with the help of an architect or draftsman. A designer can draw out their concept using computer software programs, or they can actually hand-draw their elements using pencil and paper. The physical form of your idea can then be given to an architect, who will draw out the interior design elements on paper.
Project Budget: The final step in developing your design concept is to develop your project budget. Interior designers often begin a project with a lower budget, because they know they will make changes along the way that may increase the cost of the project. Once the budget has been established, the interior decorators begin looking for furnishings that will compliment the design concept that they have developed. This means that you must find both new and used furnishings to compliment your design. Furniture stores can offer suggestions for appropriate furnishings based on your project budget.
Interior Designer Experience: Even if you plan to hire an interior designer to complete your interior design project, it is essential that the designer is experienced. Look for a designer that has designed residential spaces in the past that are similar to what you hope to accomplish. If the designer has not worked with residential spaces before, consider hiring someone who has residential experience so that the designer will be able to get a feel for how your interiors should look. Also, consider hiring a designer who is familiar with the types of finishes you are using so that you do not end up having finishes that clash with one another.
Focus Groups: Some of the best projects I have ever worked on have come from focus groups. This involves gathering a group of people that you would typically have never met to discuss their interior environments. Often times, the interior designer will use focus groups to help them understand what type of materials, color schemes and furniture choices that are most appealing. Focus groups can save a designer countless hours designing a space because they are able to understand the needs of the individuals they are working with. If you want to create a truly unique design solution, consider having a focus group completed for you.
Architectural Designers: Although architectural designers do not often work with residential spaces, I have worked with many architects that specialize in residential design elements. There are many reasons why an architect may focus their efforts on residential spaces including: if the space is being designed for a single person, the architect may want to focus on more space-related details, if the area is one that will be lived in year-round and the residents may not be able to afford larger additions; the architect may be focusing on the nature of the building and the street-side/interior elements may not match the design elements used in the exterior. If the room is for more than one tenant, an architect may work with the tenants to complete the interior design project. There are also times when an architect will consult with a landscape architect or planner to complete the landscape design project because it is often too difficult for an individual to incorporate all of the design elements of the landscape into the interior spaces of the house.