Residential Interior Design

Things to Know About Residential Interior Design

Just as the name states, the residential interior designer focuses on residential homes, rather than offices and other commercial properties. Their goal is to materialise what the client wants from their home and breathe new life into it. The home, unlike most commercial properties, is something that is very personal. It is your sanctuary - the place where you relax, unwind and let your guard down. The home has to match the client's taste, be aesthetically pleasing, and be functional all at the same time.

Designers and Decorators are different

A lot of people ask whether an interior decorator is different from an interior designer. The short answer - Yes. Interior designers are able to be interior decorators; however, interior decorators, most often, are not able to design interiors. Interior designers are involved with the layout of the interior space as well as the design of the building. For this reason, interior designers very often work closely with architects and contractors. If a client wants more open space or wants to turn a kitchen into an open style island kitchen, an interior designer can design this. They can create plans to break down walls and moving kitchen facilities around and have contractors execute on those plans. There are even some interior designers that specialise in bathrooms or kitchens due to some of the complexities surrounding them. Decorators will not be able to do this. It is for this reason, that some countries and states require an interior designer to show their certification or proof that they have undergone through an accredited education or training program. In such a country, one may not be qualified to work in the interior designing field. Interior decorators, on the other hand, are more focused on coordinating furniture, colours, textiles and textures of a home.

You have the gift for design

This is a very obvious fact, but for an individual to become a professional interior designer, they need to have this innate talent of knowing spatial arrangements, colour choice, textiles, and architecture. Do you love decorating your home and even receive a lot of compliments on it? This by itself does not mean that you can or should become an interior designer, but can be one of the good signs.

It isn’t only about fabric and furniture

Furniture, colour, and fabrics may play a big role in interior design; however, there are many different tasks that interior designers are required to and capable of achieving. Some of these tasks may be less glamorous than one would think and could feel more like work than fun.

Interior designers are expected to have knowledge of design history, the structure of the buildings, ergonomics, building codes, ethics, spatial concepts, computer-aided design and much more. With such a broad set of skills, interior designers do sound like they are the jack of all trades. However, there is an important reason as to why the interior designers are required to have all of these skills. The designers themselves are not only going to work together with the homeowners, but also with architects, business owners, government agencies, contractors, and builders. To be a successful interior designer, the individual is required to be well-rounded and intelligent.

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