What Is Interior Design?

Interior Design: What It Is And What It Is Not

One way or another you must have heard the words ‘interior design’ or ‘interior decoration’ or ‘interior designer.’

It is not new to you.

However, do you know what it means? Well, you may know, you may not. But let’s just look at what interior design is to better your knowledge about it and give you clarity about everything interior design.

The first thing that pops up on Google search when you type “What is Interior Design?” Is…

Interior Design is the art or process of designing the interior decoration of a room or building.

I won’t agree with this definition 100%. This is because the interior design and interior decoration have something similar. That is creativity. Interior design is the first step in bringing creativity and aesthetics to a space while interior decoration is the last step to bringing creativity and aesthetics to a space.

So, how can interior design be the process of designing the interior decoration of a room, when you haven’t even done anything to the space after the completion of construction? I don’t know if you understand what I’m saying.

Let’s see another definition.

Interior Design is the science of understanding behaviors to help property owners create a functional room within a building, including the shapes of a room’s walls, floors, and more. -Academic Degree| New School

Hmm…Well this I can agree with to a certain extent. I don’t know about you… what do you think about this definition?

Yes, you have to understand exactly the style of your prospective clients to be able to produce a space that is conducive and comfortable to them or their taste. But the science part makes me feel a bit off. Yes, though science is involved, I won’t say it’s a complete science.

To give a better understanding, let’s see another definition. Although, this definition is not a definition per se. It’s the purpose of interior design. But I like it as a definition because it fully explains the meaning of interior design.

According to Credo…. The purpose of interior design is about creating the most efficient layout to make the most of a room’s potential in terms of use and aesthetics while taking into account the characteristics of the space and style desired.

This purpose says it all. This is what interior design is about. I mean I have no words to say or add to these words.

What else is interior design if you don’t bring flavor, color, and meaning to a space? The part “while taking into account the characteristics of the space and style desired” is very important. This is where the client comes in.

Let’s look at one more definition before I give you mine and let you go.

IIDA defines interior design as the professional and comprehensive practice of creating an interior environment that addresses, protects, and responds to human need(s).

Well, this definition makes it sound as though you have to go to a school setting to be able to be an interior designer. Although you must be certified to practice as an interior designer, you must not have that as a priority.

I say this because, if interior design is a passion, you can start from where you are. On a scale of 1-10, interior design is a passion that later becomes a profession. I mean for most interior designers I know including myself.

If I will define interior design in my own words. I will agree with Credo’s purpose of interior design and add few words to it.

Interior design is the art of bringing life, beauty, comfort, and color to a space to fit the desired style and taste of the owner.

I leave you with this. Till next time ☺️

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