Interior Design

Interior Designing as Big-Picture Thinking

July 16, 2012

Interior Designing as Big-Picture Thinking
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Big-picture thinking is a way of looking at things from a wider angle. It is about the entirety of particulars, the details. It is about connecting the dots. Having a bigger picture of what you do, you understand the purpose of every action you take and decision you make, and the direction they are headed toward—your goal.

Interior designing is bred from this way of thinking.

Interior Designing

Decorating is just a slice of designing: Most people associate interior designing with interior decorating, but there is a difference between the two. Interior decorating is the mere embellishment of a space, whereas interior designing includes this, but much more.

The practice of Interior Design is the profession of careful planning of interior spaces. It is the designing of interiors that aim for function, order, and aesthetics, taking in account the lives of the dwellers.

Big-Picture Thinking

Interior designers apply big-picture thinking not only in space-planning and furniture layout but also in their specifications of materials and choice of color palette. They see every aspect and element of their design as dots that are connected, as being smaller parts of an entity, of a larger whole.

Clients, or dwellers, are mostly concerned with only the aesthetics (beauty) of a space. Designers consider not only the aesthetics, but they have a deeper understanding of the function of the space, as well as the unspoken needs of their clients.

This is the essence of the profession of Interior Designing—big-picture thinking.

Interior Designing as Big-Picture Thinking

Interior designers, above all else, focus on the needs and wants of their clients. Their design revolves around them. The job of an interior designer is to translate these needs and preferences into elements of an interior space such as through the choice of colors, lighting, materials, styles of furniture and decorative arts, and the like, while taking in consideration that which most often separates designers from decorators—Ergonometrics.

The choice of colors a designer opts for is not just for aesthetic purposes. They understand the certain mood and energy a particular color (or color palette) emanates. The flow of patterns are also understood by interior designers. An example would be: Horizontal lines give a calming effect, which is ideal for bedrooms. Vertical lines give the optical illusion of height, which is perfect for interiors with low ceilings.

Lighting is also very important in contributing to the overall mood and ambiance of a space. There are also a huge selection of types, bulbs and lighting fixtures to choose from. Materials can make a space “feel” cold or warm. There are specific furniture styles that can be used for a Shabby-Chic styled space, and certain decorative elements that make a space look very “Indian“, for example.

With the bigger picture in mind, interior designers are here to make lives of people easier, safer, more enjoyable, interesting and pleasant, through the designing of spaces with careful selections of elements that revolve around the preferences, but most importantly, the needs of each client.

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