Whether you are building a new home or remodeling a single room, you want the space to be attractive, comfortable and functional. It needs to t the way you live, as well as react your personal style and taste. Interior design addresses all these concerns and more. Images of beautifully appointed and arranged rooms are usually what comes to mind when one thinks of interior design. Color, fabric, furniture, art and ornamentation are indeed important elements in the overall design. How the environments we inhabit look and feel greatly affect our mood and sense of well being. But interior design also involves many practical and technical considerations that affect comfort, function and safety.
Among these are lighting, acoustics, space planning, organization and storage, scale, accommodation of special needs, re safety and compliance with local building codes. Interior projects include new construction, renovation, historic restoration and model homes. Specialty areas within the home include the kitchen, bath, home theater, home of ce, and home health care and tness areas.
Evaluating the design of your space
Evaluation of design can become very complex. The interior designer usually begins with spaces designed by others, often long ago, possibly for purposes quite different from those the designer must now satisfy. The client may be an owner, a developer, or a corporation creating space to sell to others or to serve users who have no direct relationship with the designer.
The elements that make up the interior, its materials, furnishings, and details are often designed by others, chosen from among the products available from manufacturers who have no awareness of the project in hand. The finished space, when put into use, may have to serve for years that stretch ahead into times when conditions will change and new generations of users will take over, bringing requirements that may well be different from anything that can be foreseen while design development is in process.
These realities make the interior designers task more complex than might be suggested by the simple concept of a problem leading to a solution. Nevertheless, the design process can be analyzed in terms of a problem that can be defined an (stated with as much clarity and precision as possible. Design proposals can then be viewed as proposed solutions to the stated problem that can be articulated (most often in drawings and models) and evaluated for their success in dealing with the problem.
In order to analyze and evaluate a proposed design, it can be viewed in terms of three closely related qualities: function, structure and materials, and aesthetics.