How Residential Interior Design Has Changed Over Time
Residential interior design is the core of the interior design industry, representing as it does the largest part of the many contracts which are issued each year for design work. It is also the foundation of the industry, the place where it all began. When the pioneers of interior design started what was to become a major industry in time, it was by developing and enhancing residential properties.
In fact, the earliest pioneers of interior design were doing nothing more than making their own homes as pleasant and uplifting to live in as possible. These pioneers were from the wealthy class of home owners, and could afford to spend both time and money creating the effects they wanted to achieve. There was never any intention on their part, at least not initially, to make a commercial venture out of what they were doing. Then, when the neighbors and other visitors started to remark on how good the designs were, and how much they would like to have a similar effect, the idea for a possible business venture was formed. Once the neighbors had managed to get their rooms designed, there was infinite scope to move on and offer services further afield.
Over the years, this limited business opportunity began to grow, as greater numbers of people reached the level where they could afford to have professional designers map out their interior. With the freedom that professional status brings, designers could begin to stamp their own mark on the industry and develop design themes of their own. Many of these themes have become well known throughout the world and have attracted other designers into the same way of thinking. In the modern word of design, many design firms are specialists in one theme or another, and always try to find work within that theme.
The world has moved on greatly since the time of the pioneers of residential interior design. Designers now are all university qualified and in possession of computer software which can make the job a lot easier. It would be possible for someone to try to break in to this industry without qualifications of a proven track record, but they would find it incredibly difficult to compete with those who have a proven track record and samples. If they were exceptionally gifted, and could design their own property and use that as a sample, it may be possible for them to get work. The vast majority of freelance designers come from the conventional university background.
A period of four years at university followed by experience in employment gives the potential freelance designer the chance to not only develop their raw design skills, it also gives them the chance to study the business side of the operation. This is vital in residential design, as there is a need to liaise with many individual customers all wanting relatively small jobs to be carried out. Residential design is only cost effective for modern firms because of the use of computer software which cuts the amount of time taken drastically.
Anyone creating a residential interior design can now do so with the aid of software which allows for a perfectly realistic representation of the room being designed. The designer still has to apply their own flair and expertise to get the best from the software, but the result is likely to be far more to the customer's liking as they will be able to suggest changes and have them implemented immediately on the screen. Several designs can be created in the virtual environment before a final choice needs to be made. This software adds a greater degree of consumer satisfaction to residential interior design.Written by Jason Hobbes.
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