By Sheryl T. McLean, Allied ASID
“Interior design,” what comes to mind when you hear those words? Do you only think of selecting paint colors and curtains, or do you think of how those colors, wallcoverings, lighting, furnishings and accessories can affect your lifestyle?
Interior design has had an impact on society for as long as there has been civilization. The affluent in ancient Egyptian society decorated their homes using local and imported textiles, artwork and vases. By the 20th century, interior design was something accessible to everyone, not just the wealthy, and designers began to designs rooms for both aesthetics and functionality.
Think about how much time the average person spends indoors. The ways these spaces work impacts our day-to-day lives. Spaces affect our mood, comfort, how we interact with one another and with the objects in the room, as well as how a room is used. Simply put: space matters.
Design in many ways is timeless and transcends place as well as time. Designs developed in one part of the world become popular in other places, and styles tend to come and go in popularity, much the same as in fashion design.
Modern day interior designers have numerous roles. They work closely with architects and engineers as they plan new buildings or remodel existing ones. They must be aware of health and environmental regulations and able to work around these regulations in a creative way.
Interior designers differ from interior decorators in that they are highly trained and in some States must pass an exam before being licensed. Their studies include building codes, acoustics, ergonomics and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
You might not give it much thought, but we, as interior designers, do. Interior design affects your life more than you realize. Remember, #SpaceMatters.
Sheryl T. McLean, Allied ASID is the principle interior designer and owner of Décoria Interior Designs. Hear more from Sheryl in these ASID videos.