Transition To Professional Interior Design

Interior design is the art and science of enhancing the interiors, sometimes including the exterior, of a space or building, to achieve a healthier and more aesthetically pleasing environment for the end user. An interior designer is someone who plans, researches, coordinates, and manages such projects. Interior design is a multifaceted profession that includes conceptual development, space planning, site inspections, programming, research, communicating with the stakeholders of a project, construction management, and execution of the design.

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Interior design is the process of shaping the experience of interior space, through the manipulation of spatial volume as well as surface treatment for the betterment of human functionality.By the turn of the 20th century, amateur advisors and publications were increasingly challenging the monopoly that the large retail companies had on interior design. English feminist author Mary Haweis wrote a series of widely read essays in the 1880s in which she derided the eagerness with which aspiring middle-class people furnished their houses according to the rigid models offered to them by the retailers.

Professional Interior Design

In America, Candace Wheeler was one of the first woman interior designers and helped encourage a new style of American design. She was instrumental in the development of art courses for women in a number of major American cities and was considered a national authority on home design.

An important influence on the new profession was The Decoration of Houses, a manual of interior design written by Edith Wharton with architect Ogden Codman in 1897 in America. In the book, the authors denounced Victorian-style interior decoration and interior design, especially those rooms that were decorated with heavy window curtains, Victorian bric-a-brac and overstuffed furniture.

Different Types of Interior Design

Traditional interior design services involve meeting with a designer at your home. The designer asks questions about your decorating needs, records room measurements and takes photos throughout the space. Based on this information, you receive a custom design proposal that includes a furniture plan and an inspiration board detailing colors, furnishings and accessories. With your approval, the designer oversees the design process from demolition to installation.

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A more budget-friendly option, e-design works similarly to on-site design, but all work is done remotely. You provide the photos, measurements and inspiration images for your space. Some e-designers also ask you to fill out a questionnaire to better understand your design preferences. With this information, the designer sends you  either by e-mail or postal service a design package, which usually includes an inspiration board, furniture plan and shopping list of items.

Niche Design Services

If your project requires attention in specific areas such as a lighting issue or a kitchen remodel, consider working with a niche designer. Along with their general design knowledge, these individuals are experts in their field thanks to continuing education and extensive experience.

More than choosing lamps, lighting design focuses on the task and ambient lighting of your space. A cohesive lighting plan specifies attractive fixtures that also provide functional lighting solutions for your design project. Kitchens and baths are often the hardest-working rooms in your house. Specialized designers focus solely on creating these spaces, which not only includes decorating but also the plumbing and electrical components that make them functional.