How to become an interior designer?

In this article, we will figure out how to get not only a sought-after specialty, but also become a true professional in your field.
Today, becoming an interior designer is not a big problem. You can buy books with tips and tricks, take online courses or enter an educational institution for a specialized specialty. All this can give the result and the proud title of "Interior Designer". But if formalism is of little interest to you, and you dream of becoming not just a good designer, but a professional in your field, then this article is for you.
Our nature has laid in the human body one of the fundamental, basic needs - to be safe. And if ancient people built various shelters for this, for example, huts, dugouts, equipped caves, then modern man surrounds himself with a residential and public sphere, recreated in apartments, houses, offices, restaurants, shopping centers, etc. We spend most of our lives indoors and don't even realize it. But there is another obligatory component of our life - the need for aesthetics. It was she, in conjunction with the creation of a shelter, that gave the prerequisites for the emergence of a profession in the life of a person - an interior designer.

If you are thinking about whether it is worth studying design and becoming an interior designer, you should understand one simple thing - this profession is not needed for beautiful pictures and rich decoration.

Interior design is necessary to create harmony between a person and the surrounding space.
So what is the interior design based on, what will you have to work with and what rules should you follow? I will immediately make a reservation, and since I am a practicing architect-designer, I will express my personal opinion based not only on theory, but also on practice, the importance of which I wrote in the last article "Why a designer is not loved" and this opinion may be differ from the generally accepted classical calculations given in various books, textbooks and manuals.

The rule of trinity in architecture, which was expressed by the ancient Roman architect-engineer Vitruvius in the first century BC, sounds like this: "Usefulness, strength, beauty." For design, I would rephrase it: "Functionality, ergonomics, beauty." As you can see, nothing can be done about beauty - it should be in any case, but let's analyze the first two theses in more detail.
So, functionality in design is the definition of all the actions that should take place in this particular room or space. And it's good when the customer is frank with you in the same way as with the attending physician, but this is not always the case. Therefore, if we are designing an apartment, then we must follow the following algorithm:

1. Determination of future tenants (number, gender, age)

2. Identification of habits (for example: a healthy lifestyle may require space for physical education, yoga, etc., storage space for bicycles, skis, snowboards, while the habit of smoking is associated with constant access to the balcony or free passage to the window).

3. A clear understanding of the priorities for shaping the future space (for example: a family with children needs a spacious living room and a large sofa, a separate kitchen area and closed personal space, while a young couple may prefer the most open interior, combined kitchen-dining-living room and sleeping area behind a curtain or partition without doors).

Now briefly about ergonomics. This word is largely synonymous with comfort and determines the ease of use of all functional areas of the room. If you at least somewhere follow the customer's lead and apply a design solution that ignores the laws of space in relation to the human body, then this will be constant discomfort both in the life of the customer himself, and reproaches in your direction with the phrase: "Why didn't you insist ? I am telling you this from my personal experience.

And, of course, beauty. It should be clear not only to your head, but also to be read through the eyes of the observer. It looks like a kind of story, made up of individual words in the form of functional zones, punctuation marks and spelling in relation to ergonomics, which eventually develops into an interesting image and emphasizes the character of the inhabitant of the space.

We apply all these principles to our architectural studio in real work. Of course, in the process of creating an interior design there are still a lot of both technical aspects and pitfalls, so we pay great attention to all this when teaching interior design from scratch online at our TVOYCREATIVE School of Architecture and Design. In conclusion, I would like to always be guided by the principle of "do no harm" in your chosen profession, because a good designer is first of all a healer of the soul.
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