Interior design is the art or process of designing the interior, often including the exterior, of a room or building. An interior designer is someone who coordinates and manages such projects. Interior design is a multifaceted profession that includes conceptual development, communicating with the stakeholders of a project and the management and execution of the design.
Interior design is the process of shaping the experience of interior space, through the manipulation of spatial volume as well as surface treatment.
In the past, interiors were put together instinctively as a part of the process of building. The profession of interior design has been a consequence of the development of society and the complex architecture that has resulted from the development of industrial processes. The pursuit of effective use of space, user well-being and functional design has contributed to the development of the contemporary interior design profession.
Interior Design Planning Tips
- “When planning a self-build, spend the money on the stuff that is there forever. Think of the architecture, glazing and core materials”.
- “Avoid impulse buying by working within a tight colour palette and plan carefully to ensure the finished scheme works as a whole”.
- “When you first move to a new place I would start by having an inspiration session with some friends. Find people you trust and love as they will most certainly give you good advice based on what they know about you and how they envisage the space will work for you. It’s really important when designing a new scheme”.
- “The best interiors are those that take you & your lifestyle into consideration. When focusing only on the final look, it will lack soul”.
- “If one is guided by a designer, take their advice – don’t play safe”.
- “Always keep functionality and practicality in mind when designing”.
- “Consider the location of the property and sense of place, this often dictates what styles and materials are appropriate”.
- “Interior Design is very personal, but to create a dream interior I always base it on the same philosophy which I keep in mind while for designing for my clients at my firm the Toronto Interior Design Group. The philosophy consists of creating a décor aesthetic of richly layered rooms that blend serious style and playful individualism. I achieve this look by playing the game of old and new giving older forms a modern twist. It’s my recipe for design-success!”
- “Make your home a reflection of its inhabitan“Don’t worry about what others will think. Design the room the way YOU want. Surround yourself with things that make you happy”.
- “Quality always matters. It will cost more to have to redo or replace, so make sure you are working with the best people and highest quality products”.
- “Try to really push your own boundaries. Your home is the place to experiment and create those wacky ideas you have in your head. Whatever you do, don’t play it safe!”
- “Start with the end in mind. Know what you are trying to achieve by setting a brief, getting clear on what the mood and style needs to be and build a visual representation of your objective so you have something written and visual to refer to so you can stay on track, on brief and end up with a result that you’ve planned from the beginning”.
- “Don’t be tempted to jump into a project straight away. Before you get into the styling, think first about how you need the space to work for you and plan accordingly so that you get it right first time”.
- “The best design advice I can give is three fold. First, always remember to layer a space. Even the most expensive design concepts look unfinished when visually flat. Second, like my company motto states, “Life is in the details, style accordingly”. A successfully designed space should be planned down to the smallest of details. And finally, always make your design choices look intentional. Even when faced with a challenging space, incorporate the challenges into your design rather than trying to work against them”.
- “Pick plain colours as backgrounds for the patterned pieces but try to choose interesting fabrics”.
- “Round tables in small rooms make the space flow better & you won’t bang your hips on sharp corners”.
- Statement hardware is a perfect way to update an old piece of furniture. It’s jewellery for the home”.