Hello! I am Amy and I blog over at Amy Giggles Designs! I met Wendy at Alt for Everyone and we decided to bring our passion for interior design together to create a mini series for you! I am currently taking Intro to Interior Design at the University of Louisville and am really enjoying it! I am going to share five important design lessons that I have learned this far and Wendy is sharing five lessons that she has learned actually working in the field of interior design! I think it is going to be awesome to compare what I’ve learned in school to what Wendy does in the “real world!”
Our school focuses a lot on commercial design principles as well as teaching the fundamental drafting skills. We actually haven’t really even begun to talk about colors or furniture in detail yet.
1. In order to make a big statement, you must do it structurally. My professor stresses the fact that furniture and lighting are supplementary to the overall design of the room. Of course they play a big role in functionality, but if you want to create a rememberable room, do something with the structure of the room. This could include wall treatments, adding or removing a wall, or even arching a door way.
2. There are five structural design elements to work with: horizontality, verticality, angularity, geometric curve, and free curve. We are currently working on a project where we are designing a boutique hotel lobby. Each person in the class has one of these elements to work with. I have free curve and my professor wants us to design the room based on this principle. So when you see the space, it should clearly be focusing on free curve. We have all seen designs that are based on verticality because the elements in the room bring the eye upward.
3. Think about the functionality of the room and how people will interact in it. If you are designing a public space then a 3 person couch may not work because strangers may be forced to sit next to each other if the only available seat is the one in the middle. Many first time designers make silly mistakes just like this one, where in reality individual seating would be best! Also, think about which way doors open and traffic flow in the room you are working on.
4. Get down to the core of the design problem. This goes with all design projects. When a client hires us, we need to figure out exactly what it is they want us to accomplish with the space. Ask detailed questions to figure out what they like, what they don’t like, the function of the space, your budget, etc.
5. It is all about the client. When designing for a client, it is not always about what we personally like, it is what they want. Your number one goal is to make the client happy, especially since they are paying you! Just because we like a certain color or piece of furniture, if there is no justification for it then we shouldn’t use it. For example, if I love the color teal I cannot choose it just because I like it. If it honestly works in the room, then I need to be able to explain why it is a good choice for that space.
It has been an honor to write on Wendy’s blog! I hope you gained some valuable interior design knowledge! You can read her 5 tips for interior designers on my blog here!
I’m Amy and my friends call me Giggles! This has inspired the name of my blog Amy Giggles Designs. I am a crafty dance teacher, blogger, and a graphic design student. I live in Louisville, Kentucky which I absolutely adore. I am very girly, a little bit southern preppy and a little bit country chic! I blog about my creative lifestyle hoping to inspire you along the way.