A brief introduction to Interior Design
Interior design can be a discipline which whilst being functional in providing us with the environment we live and work in on a day to day basis can also be something which produces great beauty enhancing our daily lives and arguably a form of art.
Interior design is a profession in which technical and creative solutions are used to design, create and build interior environments. Interior design follows a process using a coordinated and systematic methodology which includes the incorporation of knowledge, analysis and research to enliven the creative process. This in turn enables the needs of the client to be met ensuing the projects goals are accomplished using the clients resources and within the available budget.
The profession arguably evolved from interior decoration and requires an understanding of architectural elements as well as creative skills, analytical + technical to name but a few. Within the profession there are a number of disciplines and specialism’s and for certain projects, particularly if regulated by the government interior designers working on the project will have to hold certain qualifications to win or work as part of a team on the project.
Two areas within interior design are those which specialise in residential work and those that specialise in commercial work. Residential interior design encompasses areas such as; bathroom, kitchen, bedroom, universal design, design for the young and elderly to name but a few. Commercial designers may encompass areas such as healthcare design, furniture design, hospitality design, retail design and workspace design amongst others.
Interior designers arguably have the ability to improve the mental and psychological well being of their clients as our day to day surroundings can arguably have a significant impact on our mental states. In order to achieve these goals it is important that the interior designer or design team understands a number of factors in relation to their interior design project. For example being aware of clients potential social, cultural, religious, physical and psychological needs, their economic circumstances so goals can be achieved where possible within budget and applying all of these variables into the interior design process.
However many projects can also be quite straightforward where a brief is given by the client for the interior designer to carry out to a certain budget without incorporating so many complex factors!
This is large and very interesting topic and would advise further reading either from books from bookshops or libraries or from web or book searches online.