Interior Design by Alison Coplen
The image often conjured up by the term interior design is that of having a rather ‘arty’ individual come in to throw around some unnecessarily elaborate ideas, come up with an over-decorated result, and who will select high end and expensive designer furnishings that you may prove quick to tire of, and successfully part from you a lot money!!
Add to this the fact that the face of interior design has been portrayed by the media as a thing of fun and frivolousness it is little wonder that people may well consider it a luxury, and certainly a service that does not lend itself to times of financial constraint when we are all pulling in our belts a little.
What the interior designer has to offer to businesses and individuals thinking of refurbishing their work and living spaces, is very different. It is valid service that can, in the long run, save time and money and when spend time giving my clients advice and ideas on how to create the interior they are looking for it is time I do not actually include in a bill. I am after all just doing my job of working with fabrics and that is what is paid for.
The functionality of a room is obviously very important, but so are the aesthetics and other factors such as whether or not the client wishes to maintain existing furniture and features into their new scheme.
Another important factor to consider is the budget. Everyone has either a budget, or an idea of how much they have, or want to spend. To this end it is very important for anyone embarking on an interior refurbishment project to know this information at the outset. Both designer and client are wasting time and resources if the designer comes up with a fabulous scheme regardless of cost, the client loves the scheme, but once all the quotations are in it is too expensive, this creates disappointment and it can be difficult to continue in looking at different fabrics and ideas without wanting what you first chose,. The correct way to approach a new project is with an idea of the budget in order that the appropriate fixtures, fittings and finishes are selected, and they come within any cost constraints.
There are other aspects of interior design that must be taken into account, such as health and safety, particularly when applying interior design to a commercial use, such as retail interiors, clubs, restaurants and the like although most companies supply suitable materials within the legal confines, that is the manufacturers obligation.
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