Get Help on Deciding Your Interior Design Concept For Your Home Or Business

You will find that there are many people that have their own opinion about interior design. These people are able to take an area and design it with grace. Then there are others who can look at a room and just have no clue what they should do with it. These are the people that will benefit from the resources and information that the Internet can give them. Within the realms of the World Wide Web, you will be able to get ideas, suggestions, and tips on how you should decorate a specific area of your home or business.

You will find that there are also many interior design companies that you can contact in order to hire one of their design consultants. These consultants have their own style and their own opinions about decorating so it may take you some research to find the right one for you. With most of the design companies, you are able to interview several different consultants. This allows you to listen to their ideas about how they would decorate your living area or your business. You don’t have to worry about hurting their feelings if you do not choose them.

This is because they understand that each individual has their own style and thoughts about what their surroundings should look like. They understand that their style just may not be the right one. A lot of the consultants that you find through design companies will have open minds when it comes to your decorating style. They will be able to step outside of their comfort zone in order to give you just the look that you are wanting. When you are starting a new design project, whether be it redecorating your living room or trying to find a good fit for the customer service area in your business, it is a good idea to look at unconventional ideas instead of just conventional ones.

The interior design consultants that you interview will be able to discuss any kind of plan that you may have as well as give you ideas to expand your thought process. If you don’t want to go this route, you can access many websites that will give you pictures for ideas, tell you exactly how to do something, or let you know where you can find more information. There are a lot of do-it-yourself homeowners who would choose no other way but to accomplish their own design project.

Interior Design Ideas for the Home and Office

When you bought a house or leased an office space, the next thing you will think of is designing the space to something you love or suit your style and purpose. It will be a problem if you just do it on your own unless you are a professional interior designer. Apparently, if you need one, there are experts in interior design who can help you achieve the design you want for your haven or office. However, if you are on a limited budget, then you will need these interior design ideas that will help you to jumpstart the job and have a guide to follow.

You can have a fabulous home or office with some inexpensive interior design ideas below:

Home Interior Design

Make it Cosy. Everyone wants to come to a relaxing home after a long day outside. To do this, bring lots of subtle colours and soft lines to help bring a sense of warmth and comfort to any space.

Go Trendy. A trendy style can bring life into your home. Brickwork and beams are good materials to add a trendy look. This style will also bring a sense of maturity as well as a mixture of vintage and modern look that never goes out of style.

Would you like it bohemian? Bohemian are for explorers who prefer to be unique. If you are like this, bright colours and vibrant patterns should be your priorities. For a more daring or messy yet beautiful look, try adding eastern flavour to the theme.

Bring in the natural light. You can incorporate windows and glass doors to give the light a chance to enter your home. It’s actually up to you as long you find a way to get light into the right areas of the house. Also, choose the right blinds as this will also compliment the light.

Add nature in your home. They say there are psychological benefits of adding outdoor or nature vibe in your home. Some pots and plants will make it relaxing to stay indoors.

Include arts within your home. Any artwork can add depth to the look of the interior. The art pieces you choose to display can have direct feel of the space. It’s good to get some outdoor-inspired artwork or family portraits in the great outdoors to bring natural look to your home.

Office Interior Design

Usually, businesses hire interior designers to work on the design of the office space. But some small business prefer to do it on their own since they usually have a smaller space. Business owners should keep in mind that offices are not just about workstation but area for collaboration. There’s always an affordable commercial office interior design service that can assist them but if they prefer to it themselves, here are some tips:

To avoid eating spaces for electrical outlets on walls and on floors, you can try the latest modular power grid that is suspended from a ceiling and offers drop-down lighting and outlets.

Furniture choices should be carefully assessed. In a small office, it’s not about quantity but quality yet stylish pieces which can help elevate a look.

Instead of creating workstations for computer and its components, you can opt for laptops instead so you would just need a durable table to serve as workstations for the rest of the team.

Interior design is a hard task and the experts here studied for years to provide services. You can always find the best interior design company that suit your purpose and budget. But if you want to style your own space and experience the work itself, then the interior design ideas mention above can be your guide.

Interior Design Schools

Interior design is now a very popular profession, as more and more individuals find it challenging to come up with creative and technical solutions in order to achieve a well-built interior environment. This field combines creativity, aesthetics and business, making this an interesting prospect for many individuals. If you are one of these individuals who love to turn something into a creative work or piece, you must enhance your skills and talents by going to an interior design school.

An interior design school is a creative avenue, where you can acquire the knowledge and enhance the skills to push your creativity to the limits. Here you will not only learn the basics of interior design – you will also be trained in color coordination, design and layout of furniture and other interior structures and placement of interior lighting. These will help you develop your skills to arrange and design interior settings that are attractive and appealing, as well as functional with use and form.

Aside from the basics, interior design schools also give advanced training to those individuals who want to further enhance their interior designing skills. This will help you build on your design foundation and add new elements of business and finance. An important skill enhanced here is your ability to work with clients. In interior design, it is important that you know how to deal with your clients in order to have good coordination for the success of the entire project. You also learn the idea of budgeting, sales and promotion that are also important if you wish to establish your own business in this field.

There are lots of interior design schools offering programs. If you are interested, all you have to do is to search for the interior design school that will bring out the best in you.

Interior Designers: Designing The Way Into A New Era

Some of the topics I write about work well mixed with a little humor or sarcasm. Some, like the one I’m writing about today, are best left as they are. This is written for designers who are feeling a little discouraged with the economy. There is hope. We are designers. We make a living out of turning nothing into something. We can make a difference.

If there’s one trend that I’ve noticed over the past few years it’s the concept that the good times are gone. People are complaining about jobs, taxes, gas prices, loss of home values, etc. It’s become a national pastime to find something wrong with everything. Just listening to people who complain all the time can put otherwise happy people in a poor mood and it propagates the whole situation. It’s contagious. Those things do exist and of course, it’s a concern to everyone. What most of us forget when things get rough are the opportunities that present themselves. It’s during these times when creative minds have a little more time to think, they think harder than ever and as a result, we usually end up better in the long run. Remember the late 70’s and early 80’s? A global recession was going on, mortgage rates were at 18%, but it was also a great time of inventions. MS-DOS(Microsoft Software), Cell phones, the Hepatitis B vaccine, the IBM-PC computer, CD-ROM, Apple Mac, Sony Walkman, MRI’s, and of course, Prozac to name just a few. Apparently, not everyone was sitting around relishing in their misery.

In the past, most designers in my area relied heavily on new home sales. South Florida was in a building boom for many years and designers rode that gravy train to the last station. Clients were spending like there was no tomorrow, some of them as if they were posting their W-2 forms on their front door. It was a great time for everyone. Many designers took for granted that another big job was always around the corner and lived like celebrities, spending every dime they made. Unfortunately, many of those same people, and now some of the biggest retailers in Florida have been forced to close up due to the economy. It’s a sad story that’s being played out over and over. But fortunately, this will not be the end of the story.

The late famous designer, Jay Spector, always had a positive outlook on life and business. He used to say “The time to take the cookies is when they pass the plate.” In other words, when opportunity comes your way, grab it. And while the economy appears to be in the toilet to most people, it is creating opportunities for those who have the ability to adapt to the business of the future. It’s a time to slow down, put a little more thought into what we do and make sure we are giving our clients the best possible design.

A good example of one of the opportunities is that while new home sales are at a halt, more and more people are deciding to stay in their current home for the next several years. In doing so, many of them will be doing renovations and additions to make their homes more comfortable. They are realizing it’s cheaper to do this than buy a new home and pay the higher property taxes or sell their home at a loss. These projects may be a little more work for the designer, and a little less profitable, but it’s a great opportunity to add new clients to their portfolio. Who knows what lies in store for the future with these new clients? It’s an opportunity for a whole new market of design clients. It’s also a great time for clients to save money as many vendors and workrooms have lowered their pricing in order to survive.

Another positive result of the economy is that many people need to sell their homes and the competition is brutal. The market for staging firms is increasing dramatically. It may only cost a small amount to stage your home professionally but for most homes, it will increase its marketability and value. This may be especially true for the condo market where several identical units may be competing for the same buyer. Don’t kid yourself into thinking that all buyers are just looking for the cheapest price. If they are from out of town, they may want something that is already done rather than deal with the headaches of construction or decorating a new home via long distance. Even in this economy, there are people who will pay the price for convenience and good taste.

The economy has also misplaced a lot of homeowners into rental properties. Some of them will stay in the rental market for some time while they are rebuilding their credit and savings accounts. For those with families and careers, a rental home does not mean living like a college student. They still want the same comforts of a home to raise their family. Some of these new clients are renting luxury properties. These customers may not be looking to make lifetime investments so for those designers who have well-priced resources and ideas, this is a whole new market. Creativity is what will count with these customers. And creativity will require more than just giving them the first thing that pops into your head so you can get the job done quickly. Sometimes the best ideas come after your first ideas.

Case in point: When I was in college, I had a very gifted design instructor. He got his Masters from Pratt Institute and owned his own design firm while also teaching at the University level. He was no stranger to hard work. He had what I thought at the time, was a cruel concept for getting us to rise above what we thought we were capable of. During our fifth year, he would assign actual design projects that had been given to the University by local private and public businesses. The class size was small and was extremely competitive at that level because it was the final year of what was then a prototype design program. Most students had left the program a year earlier with their bachelor’s degree. Only a handful continued on for the extra year. Anyway, a couple weeks after getting our assigned projects, he had us put up our design concepts for the entire class to critique. Some of the student’s designs were, to put it simply, outstanding. At the end of all the critiques, including the instructor’s, he took them down, thanked everyone for their hard work and creative efforts and then threw them in the trash! To say we were stunned is an understatement. Hours and hours of work in the garbage. We sat there dumbfounded. Then he made his point. “Now that all of you got that obvious crap out of your head, let’s move on to the good stuff.” His belief was that your first idea is never your best. Knowing that you couldn’t go back to that design concept forced you to think beyond and come up with a new one. He was no less than a genius. The final design projects that came out of that class were award worthy. I still find myself looking for that better idea on every project.

The economy has had an effect on everyone, not just the design business. I strongly suspect that it’s one of the driving factors why contemporary furnishings have made a strong comeback over the past few years. People may be wanting something fresh, something less complicated and heavy. It’s not unlike during the depression, the most glamorous decade of the American century. It was the zenith of an era of unbridled, unapologetic and authentic luxury. While our economy was at it’s worst, people were finding comfort by throwing the most lavish parties our country had ever seen.

The times we live in are a challenge for most everyone to some degree. But then again, life is a challenge. It’s like one big fat puzzle…we just need to figure it out one piece at a time and to find a way of enjoying it during the process.