Interior design has been defined as “the art or process of designing the interior decoration of a room or building including planning for space and functionality and most importantly, for user well being.”  Decorating one’s living space is a desire that we all have; many of us are passionate about our homes as they not only provide comfort but beautifully decorated homes appeal to our senses and soul and this is what we generally aspire to. Similarly, who wants to work in an uninspiring, dull and ill-thought out office?

Offices can be a welcome place to work.

However, not many of us have the skills to be natural interior designers and irrespective of sometimes extravagant spending, the finished product is often unsatisfactory and does not reflect the desired result.

How do we achieve this?

Therefore the last few decades has seen a huge growth in the emergence of the demand for professional interior designing services. Interior design is a multifaceted profession that includes expertly translating customer’s visions or dreams into reality.

Coordinated colours are vitally important to create a stylish scheme. Understanding the importance of the psychological effects and combinations used is vital – positive and negative feelings can make a room feel either calmer, more comfortable or even stressful and dramatic. Colour has the capacity to make rooms feel larger or smaller, so the designer’s choice is vital for the success of the project.

Factors to consider are door and window positioning, acoustics, lighting, colours and materials to use all within an agreed budget. Any structural alterations will need close co-ordination with structural engineers, architects and contractors where required.

Site inspections are an important part of the role long before the proposed project gets under way and at intervals thereafter.  Regular communication with all professionals, contractors and of course, the client are essential before and during the project.

Art and Science Combined

Interior design is essentially art and science combined to enhance the interior of a building or space, whether it is for home living or workplace or another space to make it more aesthetically pleasing for the people using it. It is said interior design brings a soul to a building or space and as new spaces, homes and offices all become smaller due to growing population demands, then making the space more functionally pleasant and liveable is indeed a major consideration. Interior design has transformed itself since the early part of the 20th century and is not now only accessible by the wealthy but is now a priority investment area for home owners and small and large companies.

Interior Design Qualifications

Studying for a professional qualification in interior design at university, college or art and design school for three or four years is the preferred route to gain the theoretical knowledge of the subject and all the other linked components including software applications for computer aided design and building information modelling. Apprenticeships are another excellent route to develop a hands on and focused route to acquiring a real understanding of how to become a successful interior designer.

Interior designers must also have a good working knowledge of building control issues, structural requirements, health and safety issues and building codes.

A Natural Flair For Design

It is often said Interior designers are born and not made. This is true as interior designers have an innate passion for visualizing creative concepts. Their expertise extends across many areas and particularly to imaginative and novel decor and for blending and matching colours, textures and lighting so all work in complete harmony. A designer’s task is just not a replication of a model but to come up with new ideas each time that are novel and have good attributes to satisfy a variety of clients .

Investing time in getting to know the client, their background and understanding their vision is time very well spent and helps interiors that reflects the customer’s personality. Your home or office can help define you.  Most quality designers will have built up an extensive portfolio of creations which can be delivered or adapted to suit people’s different vision, needs, styles and expectations.

It’s becoming increasingly important to build in to interior design, values that are sustainable and fit for future purpose which is of key importance to today’s customers

A Constantly Evolving Industry

Interior design is constantly evolving and becoming more and more challenging as customer expectation increases. We all want comfortable homes, functional offices  and beautiful public spaces. Designers need a very broad skill set as they  work with such a wide range of people from business and home owners to multiple different contractors, engineers architects, furniture makers and craftsmen. Successful designers will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and knowledge to work within the many disciplines of architecture, decorative arts and textiles , lighting and many other facets.

Good design has to be as a result of careful research of all the facts and knowledge gathering to ensure the result is to the exact requirements of customers as it is they that will have to live with the design for the foreseeable future

Interior designers rarely have a complete blank canvas to work from as budgeting issues frequently arise thus the designer also requires a good business sense and a market understanding.


Wallpaper. Taj Mahal from Corrdonne

Choosing and managing your Interior Designer

The best solution is to use a designer recommended by friends, colleagues or associates. Try to arrange a site visit to view past work; look at testimonials on their web site. What qualifications do they hold? Do they have the right experience for your project and requirements?

Mutually agree with the designer that the project must be delivered on time and to budget.  Keeping customers updated throughout is essential starting from the first contact to delivery of the finished project.

The Next Step

Tracey Andrews Interiors covers all of Hertfordshire and London and offers a premium quality interior design service. With her professional and friendly approach, she will be able to bring your vision to a reality, both on time and on budget.

Get in touch today on + 44 (0) 1992 414 649 or 07951 203525. Check out Traceys latest reviews on Google here.

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