By: Shane Curran, CEO - Interact Group
When most people think about using the services of an Interior Designer, they think of opulence and so consider the use of the service as a want and not a need. The perception of lavishness tagged to the process of Interior Design is non-existent in technical and professional industry terms. The design process aims at aesthetics, and since competition in the sector encourages innovation, the need to produce a ‘never seen before’ finish sometimes translates as the process being one of luxury and not a necessity. This notion is unfortunately erroneous. Each project must go through the Interior Design process in creating a functional space.
It’s easy to conceive an idea in mind, somewhat to express it; but to recreate a result which would be functional and have purpose, a professional should step in. One would quickly add that in the advent of technology, there are several online applications that can be used to create organized ideas on interior design. Granted, however as a science, Interior Design follows a systematic approach and an accurate finish is likely to be expected.
For professionals such as Engineers, Joinery Staff and Project Managers to be able to perform all tasks effectively, there must be a design plan in place to make sure each one knows exactly which task to perform, how to perform and where exactly to perform them. Preliminary drawings from an Interior Designer gives an idea of how much space is available, what to put where and even goes on to calculate the distance between elements such as lights and patterns to ensure accuracy.
It is a nice idea for a project owner to engage the services of individual skilled men such as plumbers, electricians, carpenters and all handymen to work on site. Each would however have their own ideas about how work should be done. With an Interior Designer in the picture, there is a structure and this makes the implementation process easier and swift. It is the work of the Interior Designer to bring to life whatever idea has been conceived, to make it plain on paper and that information useful and accessible to anyone else who is involved in the process. Without the design plan, coordination can be affected even with the presence of Project Managers and Site Engineers as they themselves would not be clear on the exact nature of the work.
Interior design is a science that engages principles to make use of elements such as space, light, form, texture, color, line, pattern. These elements should be made to work together to provide a visually pleasing outcome to the Client and the end user. Therefore, there are steps to be followed to achieve the desired finish. Interior design works to make space functional, as space is the foundation on which a design plan is built. The necessity of an Interior Design plan in the actualization of every project cannot be over emphasized. It is not a luxury, as the demerits of not using an interior Designer could be costly eventually in the overall overhead expenses.