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Interior Design, its all about style
bullet01 A Complete Guide To Interior Design :

Successful interior design is almost always based on a predefined set of steps. The more you work in the field, the easier it will become to apply these steps to each and every project you take on. Establishing a work pattern is one of the most difficult tasks you undertake when beginning a career in interior design. It is also one of the most vital ones. If at first you do not find a work sequence that works for you, don’t be afraid to change it around in the next project and see if you are more comfortable. When you realize the cycle of events that agrees best with you, take notice of them and what aspects of them made you successful and apply that reasoning to all future projects.

Below you will find a brief description of the sequence that works best for me. If you are uncomfortable with this order, as I said, switch it around!

To begin with, you must have a relative idea of the style that you intend to implement into the design. Envisioning this style is the first representation that you will have of the space or area that is to be designed. It is very important to ask for and listen to any ideas or feedback that the client has concerning this step. Often times, clients will have their own sense of style or ideas and they are coming to you to pull it together rather then design it from scratch. These type of client situations may at first sound like the simplest types of work although take note that because these clients have a predispositioned sense of style, they might have very defined aspects of what they want which might be more complicated in creating than they understand.

Other clients may approach you with a picture of a room or a comparison room that they like and want something similar to, only including their own style along with it. This is a great way to start things out because, both the client as well as the designer, have an actual visual representation of the creative aspect of the design. Discuss aspects of the picture or pictures that can be improved upon, and even suggest ways that they can bring in some items that they already have in the space, readily available, in order to cut costs


The third type of style situation that you will likely experience as a designer is a client that has no idea what they are looking for; they just want it to look good. As one of my favorite clients once put it, “I have the creativity of an onion.” Discuss with these types of clients the things they do like, for instance their favorite colors. Ask them to close their eyes and envision the life they live. Favorite clothes, activities, etc. All of these factors can come into play in their overall design needs. For instance, if they entertain frequently, they will need an area to entertain in that is agreeable with their style of activities and friends. (A Friday night football bunch might not appreciate traditional teatime furniture!) Their lifestyle needs concerning furniture, and their comfort zone with traditional versus non-traditional design.

Styles range from traditional; country, home, and Quaker--to contemporary; eclectic, retro, and industrial. Each style has its own place in almost any home and all of the styles can be mixed and matched to create a new, hybrid style that is catered to each individual clients needs. This is the ideal form of style for interior decorating.

The personal aspect of interior decorating is the part that allows us creative control over design choices rather then sticking to a regiment. Practicality of design is an aspect that is not always considered by the over enthusiastic client and it is your responsibility as the designer to introduce new and well-thought out ideas for their design that will offer them unique conveniences in their everyday lives. When the style has been decided upon, the next item on the agenda will be to plan the space. During this aspect of the design, I recommend that you first begin with a measuring rule and a piece of paper. First, I would measure the width of all doorways leading to the space you will be working in and record the measurements.

It would be a terrible waste of time to go out and select and purchase a piece of furniture that will not fit into the house or office when you get it home. Once you have the dimensions of the doorways, it is then time to measure the actual room or rooms you will be designing.

Always remember to include plenty of room for traffic in and out of the room as well as areas of open space that can be used by the client for activities.


We’ve decided upon our style, have an accurate measurement for all areas in the room, and now is the time to execute the planning period. Try not to ever skip over the first three steps, even if they may seem a little unnecessarily time consuming at first, you will realize their importance as the following steps become complete and the design begins to present itself. Planning is in my opinion the VERY most important factor to successfully achieving any task especially any task that is related to interior design. Inappropriate planning can result in costly mistakes that are not only a waste of money, but are also a waste of time.

Remove the furniture!!! This is a precautionary step taken in order to prevent any damage to the furniture itself as well as a planning step. An empty room offers more promise and creativity then does one cluttered with furniture around the center or corners. If this is not an option, try covering the furniture up with sheets or blankets just to give you a surreal feeling of emptiness. Once you have done this, begin to look around the room and notice specific architectural settings and features that you might want to accentuate with your new style such as windows, paneling, fireplaces, etc.

Challenges you will likely face at this phase of the design mode are smallness of rooms, large-undefined rooms, dark rooms, and low ceilings. Below you will find a list of solutions to these problems. This is by no means a comprehensive list or a complete list of solutions. As a designer, part of your job is to take notice of these and other possible complications and take precautionary measures before problems arise.

Small rooms can be made to appear larger by arranging furniture close together and in groups. This type of placement can add a more personal touch to your room while adding versatility with the different small sections of furniture. It also adds a feeling of spaciousness by creating more then one focal point in the room, thus diverting attention from the room’s actual size onto the contents of the room.

Multifunctional furniture can also be put to great use in smaller rooms because they require less space and provide more usability. Each home or space offers unique design challenges and possibilities. Be sure not to focus so strongly on overcoming the challenges that you don’t concentrate on the advantages the room offers as well. A good working balance of the two makes for a great combination.

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