Interior Designer

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The spaces in which we live and work are important to us. No one wants to be surrounded by drab, ugly wallpaper and furniture because these things affect our moods. Interior designers dedicate themselves to creating beautiful and functional indoor spaces. They are experts in dealing with elements such as colour, texture, shape, and size, and they use this knowledge to create attractive home and work environments.

Interior designers are hired by clients that want to re-design or design (if the space is new) their houses or buildings. For houses, some popular rooms to get an interior designer for are living rooms, kitchens, bedrooms, or bathrooms, but that’s not all they do. Interior designers also Restaurants, banks, business offices, and doctors’ offices are other examples of spaces interior designers transform. Even automobile and aircraft manufacturers rely on designers’ skills to make the most of limited spaces.

Client

Interior designers must have good communication skills whether it is through e-mail, orally, text. Communication is necessary because their client is first priority and interior designers must consult them for to satisfy their visions or needs for the design project. With the client’s vision in mind, the interior designer will start brain storming for ideas for what to do. This first starts of with taking measurements, photos, and looking at blueprints of the project space. This allows the designer to see if anything will affect their design in mind. For example, a designer who wants to knock out a wall in a kitchen must first make sure that its removal will not cause a collapse. To make sure that projects run smoothly, designers must have a thorough understanding of building codes and permit requirements.

Design 1 This is an image of an interior designer’s proposal sketch.

Clients may then receive a sketch or computer image of what the room will look like once the proposed changes are made. Designers include paint, wallpaper, carpeting, furniture, and other material samples in their proposal. Finally, when a design concept is accepted, designers keep track of the budget and project timeline and coordinate the painters, tilers, movers, and others who make the changes.

EDUCATION

Interior designers must need at least a high school diploma. In most provinces, designers also need to be certified by the provincial interior designers’ association. To become a certified designer, one has to complete an accredited college or university interior design program (either a 2 to 3-year diploma or a 4-year bachelor’s degree). Programs vary, but typically include instruction in the history of design, colour theory, lighting, sustainable design, drafting, computer-assisted design (CAD), and general business and marketing practices.

Next, you must acquire a certain amount of entry-level experience under the supervision of a fully qualified interior designer. Essentially, this is almost like apprenticeship because the concept is the same. Specific requirements vary by province, but approximately 6 or 7 years of combined education and work experience is generally needed. It’s a good idea to contact the interior designers’ association in your province for specific requirements.

The final step to becoming a fully certified interior designer is to write a certification exam. This exam is administered twice a year by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ).

Sources: Career Cruising

Here are some before and after pictures of interior design work.

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Basics to Designing Kitchens

When one is planning to design a kitchen, they should consider 3 things that make all kitchens great.

1. The space should be visually appealing.  Every kitchen needs a focal point; a cool feature that grabs your attention and entertains the eye.  Depending on what you like, this may be a fancy looking island, open display shelving or even a colour scheme of kitchen appliances. A kitchen is used all the time so one should be comfortable and happy about their own kitchen.

2. A kitchen must be functional.  The space planning and layout of the work triangle are crucial to make kitchen tasks more efficient. A “work triangle” is a triangle of the most important components of a kitchen; the oven, sink, and refrigerator. A professional kitchen designer can help clients to customize the space to their needs while applying the principles of design and the 31 kitchen guidelines published by the National Kitchen and Bath Association.  These guidelines make the kitchen more functional and safer, a few of these guidelines include walkway sizes needed and minimum counter space and storage requirements.

3. A kitchen should be accommodating to friends and family. For example, when you go to a party or gathering, the kitchen is where the action is.  Large center islands that provide seating for guests are popular as they allow guests to interact with their hosts while they prepare and serve food and drinks. Larger kitchens are also nice because nowadays several people may work in the kitchen at the same time.  A small preparation sink located outside the primary work triangle gives guests or family members a place to wash their hands or help prepare snacks without getting in the cooks way. If social gatherings are very common at your house, you can even consider installing a wet bar to serve drinks faster.

10 Tips to Create a Well-Thought-Out Kitchen

1. For floor-level or lower storage space, having drawers rather than cupboards is a better optioin. This
way, you won’t need to bend over to look for whatever is stuck at the back of a cupboard.

2. Store frequently used accessories in the top drawers just beneath the
counter or on the bottom shelf of the cupboards just above the counter. The
remaining accessories can then be stored based on how often they’re used, with those used
least often on the highest or lowest levels.

3. Make sure that your kitchen plan includes a working counter near
the stove for dishes waiting to be cooked or those fresh out of the oven.

4. Install your range in such a way that you have ample space on both
sides. A range placed at an angle, for example, will not give you the required space, and
chances are you won’t be at ease when cooking.

5. Provide for counter space close to the sink so there is space to work with.

6 Working counters should be a minimum height of 90 centimetres. If you’re shorter or
taller than average, don’t hesitate to adapt the counter height accordingly.

7. Provide sufficient lighting for each work area.

8. Make sure the range hood is at least 60 centimetres high so that you won’t bump your
head.

9. If you’re left-handed, set up the appliances accordingly: Place the
dishwasher to the left instead of to the right of the sink.

10. Keep a stool handy so that you can carry out certain tasks from a seated position.