Interior design is the overall design of interior spaces. An interior space is defined by its walls, floor and ceiling. Although the ‘interior’ in design implies that it’s indoors, over the years, it has come to encompass design of outdoor areas as well. Think patios, balconies, verandas and terraces.
Before I studied interior design, I had the impression it was all about expensive furniture, wallpaper, curtains, carpet, and designer lamps. A five-star hotel suite would pop up in my head when I thought about interior design. How cliché.
Over the years though, I’ve come to learn that interior design is so much more. It goes deeper than meets the eye. Literally. What we see is mere interior decoration. And there’s a huge difference between the two.
As you’ll come to learn, interior design is decoration and so much more, whereas interior decoration is just that—decoration.