Interior designers make our living and working environments hospitable in terms of function, safety and beauty. This is a career field with great potential and one can actually enjoy it.
An interior designer enhances the function, safety and aesthetics of interior spaces while taking into account how different colors, textures, furniture, lighting and space work together to meet occupants’ or visitors’ needs. He or she works with both private and public spaces including residences, shopping malls, schools, offices and hospitals.
There were 72,000 interior designers employed in 2008.
Training to become an interior designer takes two to four years and is available from professional design schools or colleges and universities. One can earn an associate degree or certificate by attending a two to three year program, or a bachelor’s degree by attending a four year program. Upon graduating with a bachelor’s degree, one would most likely begin a one to three year apprenticeship program at a design or architecture firm and work under the supervision of an experienced interior designer. A graduate with a certificate or associate degree would usually start his or her career as an assistant to an interior designer.
Just like any other professional field, interior design has its own principles. These are to ensure that standards in the industry are maintained for instance focal point, balance, rhythm and harmony.
Unity and harmony
When doing interior design it is necessary to think of the house as a totality; a series of spaces linked together by halls and stairways. It is therefore appropriate that a common style and theme runs throughout. This is not to say that all interior design elements should be the same but they should work together and complement each other to strengthen the whole composition. A way to create this theme or storyline is with the well-considered use of color. Color schemes in general are a great way to unify a collection of spaces. For example, you might pick three or four colors and use them in varying shades throughout the house.
If we would speak about music we would describe rhytmas the beat of pulse of the music. In interior design, rhythm is all about visual pattern repetition. Rhythm is defined as continuity, recurrence or organized movement. To achieve these themes in a design, you need to think about repetition, progression, transition and contrast. Using these mechanisms will impart a sense of movement to your space, leading the eye from one design element to another.