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Interior Design Vs Interior Decorating Vs Home Staging Vs Interior Redesign - Whats the Difference? : The other day a real estate agent whose listings I stage for sale introduced me to someone as a designer. I didnt want to take the time to correct him, but I thought to myself, This isnt the first time Ive heard people use designer erroneously. Its often used to label someone whos an interior decorator. So, why does everyone lump us all in one category, when we all clearly do something different? To put the differences succinctly: • Interior Design involves, among many other things, the preparation of documents often by a licensed professional for the construction of an interior space such as plans and elevations, and details and specifications, including lighting, power and communication locations, materials and finishes, and furniture layouts. • Interior Decorating involves the adornment of surfaces in the interior space, such as fabrics, wall coverings, furniture, decorative accessories, flooring, light fixtures etc., and takes into account the lifestyle, taste, needs and preferences of the user of the space. While interior designers may decorate, interior decorators dont design. • Home Staging is preparing the home for sale through updates and decorating so that it appeals to the broadest range of buyers for the market that the home is in. • Interior Redesign is often done by home stagers for homeowners not currently selling because it employs many of the same principles that home stagers use, such as primarily using what furniture and decorative accessories the homeowner already has, with an eye towards the future sale of the home. Now, lets explore each one more in-depth. Interior Design According to the National Council for Interior Design Qualifications (NCIDQ): • Interior design is a multi-faceted profession in which creative and technical solutions are applied within a structure to achieve a built interior environment. • These solutions are functional, enhance the quality of life and culture of the occupants and are aesthetically attractive. • Designs are created in response to and coordinated with thebuilding shell and acknowledge the physical location and social context of the project. • Designs must adhere to code and regulatory requirements, and encourage the principles of environmental sustainability. • The interior design process follows a systematic and coordinated methodology, including research, analysis and integration of knowledge into the creative process, whereby the needs and resources of the client are satisfied to produce an interior space that fulfills the project goals. The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is the leading organization for interior design professionals. Certain levels of its members must meet certain education, work experience and examination requirements administered by the NCIDQ. Further, some states have licensing requirements for interior designers which include the passage of this exam. ASID also has continuing education requirements for its members. Interior Decorating No wonder people often confuse Interior Decorating with Interior Design. Even I had trouble finding a definition for Interior Decorating. Often it said see interior design. Perhaps its best to understand interior decorating as it exists in contrast to interior design: • An interior decorator would select floor coverings based upon the tastes and lifestyle of the client, whereas the interior designer would take it a step further and look at usage, sound transference, flammability, etc. • An interior decorator would select lighting fixtures, whereas the interior designer would plan for the location of lighting and ensure that it is in compliance with building and safety codes. • An interior decorator does not need to have any formal education and/or work experience, testing or licensing, whereas an interior designer does. Home Staging Home staging is the art and science of preparing a home for sale so that it appeals to the broadest range of buyers in order to sell quickly and for top dollar. The objective is to make the potential buyer fall in love with the home, envision themselves living there and aspire to the lifestyle the home portrays. According to the Real Estate Staging Associations Consumers Guide to Home Staging, it is a systematic and coordinated methodology in which knowledge of real estate, home renovations and creative design principles are applied to attract a buyer. Home staging involves any or all of the following: • Evaluating what furniture and decorative accessories (throw pillows, artwork, decorative objects, lamps, knickknacks, etc.) the owner has, and: - eliminating some of the furniture and/or decorative accessories, otherwise known as decluttering as well as depersonalizing (removal of family photos, trophies, collections etc. so the buyer can envision living there) - arranging the furniture and accessories for optimal placement to enhance flow (the ability to walk freely through the room), focal point enhancement (e.g., emphasizing a fireplace or a beautiful view), balance (are there too many or too large pieces in the bookcase or on only one side of the room?) and the positive aspects of the home while downplaying the negatives • Carefully selecting for purchase or rent, if necessary, the appropriate furniture and accessories for the style of the home and its market. • Recommending, implementing and/or arranging for enhancements, updates and repairs such as painting, flooring, sink fixtures, lighting fixtures, window treatments, landscaping, etc. Interior Redesign As stated above, interior redesign is like home staging, however it enhances the home for the homeowners rather than for potential buyers. And it does so with an eye towards its future sale. It is like home staging in that it primarily uses the clients existing furniture and decorative accessories to transform the space, and may also involve the purchase of additional furniture and accessories as well as updates to the wall colors, window treatments, lighting fixtures etc. Summary To summarize the differences: • Interior Design involves the planning of all aspects of interior space often by a licensed professional. • Interior Decorating involves the adornment of surfaces in the interior space. Interior designers may decorate, but interior decorators dont design. • Home Staging is preparing the home for sale through updates and showcasing so that it appeals to the broadest range of buyers for the market that the home is in. • Interior Redesign employs many of the same principles that home stagers use, such as primarily using what furniture and decorative accessories the homeowner already has, with an eye towards the future sale of the home.
When to Contact and How an Interior Designer Works : During planning of a house an interior designer can guide the architect or the builder on where to place doors and windows, how can they use the maximum input of natural light, where to allocate storage spaces, avoiding demolition of walls, sizing walls, making desired openings, providing specific light points as per the lighting scheme by the designer and also early spotting of desired plumbing points for the exclusively designed bathrooms. This early involvement of interior decorator during planning will help in saving a lot of money which can be later used for re-modification after the completion of the building. Clients usually feel that they must have a vivid vision of the problem before they consult a decorator, but this actually is not the fact. In a study conducted by an interior decoration agency in India among the designers and clients, most of the designers argued that they preferred to be involved with the project from the very beginning. As an interior decorator, I do agree with the point generally the interior decorators used to make regarding the early consultation of an interior decorator. So meet your designer immediately after you finalize the preliminary design proposal by the architect for your residential as well as buildings built for commercial purpose. Finding a suitable interior decorator is the most important thing before assigning your interior designing job to anyone, you can realize from the list of qualified, certified and registered designers with the government approved design council in the country. In India, the institute which provides authentic information about interior designer in the country is the Institute of Indian Interior Designers (IIID). You can browse through the list of interior decorators practising in the country and select a reputed designer from the list and visit their website or approach them to have a look at their successful projects in the similar category. Once you select the designer, discuss your requirements and budget for the interiors and finalize the agreement on the projects time schedule and professional fees. Before staring the designing process of your interior first of all the interior decorator have to conduct a series of talks with the customers basically to know the type of designing the person wants. This series of conversations with the client and designer eventually lead to a mutual agreement about the requirements and it will help to know the aspiration and desires of the client with regard to his interior design. About 90% of clients usually have a good idea of their needs and preferences, a professional interior designer must reeducate the clients attitude about preferences. The next step is the design of the interior to presented before the client as a soft copy or a hard copy. Designer has to present a proposal which might consists of sketches, 2-dimensional drawings of plan and coloured elevations along with a budget proposal. At the preliminary presentation the specific colours, furnishings, and details are not resolved yet, since the aim at that stage is to obtain the basic approval from the client. Once the preliminary presentation / proposal has been accepted by the client, the designer will start working on the final stages. Some of the clients used to make changes in their agreed design once the design is already approved, for making these change the client must have separate meeting / meetings with the designer to finalize the design. The next stages of the design may consist of a series of drawings such as plans, elevations, details, sections and specifications are the language of good design offices, and they are prepared with carefully drawn dimensions and notes for the contractors who carry out the actual implementation. Each phase of the job is usually under the supervision of a job captain or chief designer to assure that everything has been considered and the job is moving smoothly to completion.
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