Interior Design


The definition of interior design is, at its core, the act of conceptualizing, planning, and implementing an aesthetic and functional design within room or interior space. There are many steps and considerations involved in this process. The designer must evaluate what the space will be used for, attune to the aesthetics that their client desires, take into account the limitations of the literal space, and then come up with a plan that fulfills all those requirements. The designer might choose colors for walls, furniture, and accessories. They usually conceive the layout and choose furnishings to fit in it. An interior designer works with design spaces of all types and sizes, from small studio apartments to large offices and public spaces. A major responsibility of the designer is to harmonize function and form with pleasing aesthetics in order to create an inviting private or public space.

Interior design was historically the province of the architect, who designed both the exterior and interior aspects of a building. This was the case in India and other Eastern countries throughout history. In China, a type of Feng Shui, called the Black Sect, was concerned with how the interior of a building interacted with nature’s energies was practiced in ancient times. As time passed, the job of plotting the interior of a home eventually fell mostly to the domestic member of a family, typically the lady of the house or the homemaker. Modern interior design as a profession came into being in the second half of the 20th century. It was during that time when people began hiring professionals to design the living spaces that they had previously outfitted themselves. During this time, schools and certification programs began to emerge, which legitimized interior design as a profession.

Today, interior design is recognized as a legitimate profession, rather than an amateur endeavor or hobby, and organizations and institutions exist to accredit designer programs. The two main divisions of the industry are residential and commercial design. Residential interior design provides design services for the home living spaces, including everything type of residence from large city apartments to sprawling country mansions. The commercial realm takes a designer into the world of office buildings, retail stores, institutions, and restaurants. Some of these venues, such as hospitals, might require an emphasis on functional design. Others, like a restaurant, will focus more on aesthetics and atmosphere. The types of interior design styles are almost too numerous to attempt to name, but they do include art deco, arts and crafts, classical, Asian, country, contemporary, Southwestern, minimalist, gothic, Scandinavian, rustic, and more.

Interior designers may choose from many different places in which to apply their craft. Homes, offices, retail spaces, restaurants, and other institutions can each benefit from professional interior design services. Some specialized niches exist, such as hospital and health center design, educational facility design, and museum design. The entertainment industry offers many opportunities, such as TV or film set designing and stage design. The interior design and entertainment industry are currently enjoying a marriage of sorts, as television programs that show interior designers demonstrating design process are popular on many craft, home, and DIY networks.

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Glendale, AZ
20154
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Mesa, AZ
25960
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Phoenix, AZ
12164
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Scottsdale, AZ
10923
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Searcy, AR
6484
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Los Angeles, CA
75
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Sacramento, CA
35413
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Oakland, CA
1828
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Rancho Cucamonga, CA
21399
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San Diego, CA
2040
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San Francisco, CA
1462
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Walnut, CA
29935
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Fremont, CA
11695
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San Marcos, CA
27442
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Torrance, CA
724
City
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Mission Viejo, CA
23260
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San Diego, CA
23211
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Los Angeles, CA
3968
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Santa Rosa, CA
25877
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Fairfield, CA
12222
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Los Angeles, CA
34824
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Saratoga, CA
12893
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Littleton, CO
9969
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Denver, CO
2320
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Denver, CO
829
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Lakewood, CO
9143
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Dover, DE
3406
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Washington, DC
921
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Fort Lauderdale, FL
3217
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Gainesville, FL
50691
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Tampa, FL
1460
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Miami, FL
4177
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Winter Park, FL
649
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Atlanta, GA
3871
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Statesboro, GA
19086
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Lawrenceville, GA
6649
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Oakwood, GA
4115
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Marietta, GA
11391
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Savannah, GA
9906
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Moscow, ID
11957
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Moline, IL
6267
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Chicago, IL
12127
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Glen Ellyn, IL
27083
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Joliet, IL
15288
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Chicago, IL
2990
City
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Chicago, IL
4619
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River Grove, IL
15706
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Palatine, IL
15711
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Indianapolis, IN
30383
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Waterloo, IA
6321
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