APPROACH ON INTERIOR DESIGN PROJECT
The Interior Design Process is a series of steps that a designer takes when working on an interior design project. The details of each stage will differ depending on the type of design but the approach will always be similar. It is vital to stick to the design process during a project as skipping a stage, completing stages out of order or not using the process at all will result in a lower quality outcome, an outcome the client is not happy with or even worse no outcome at all. But if you do follow the steps of the process it will help you complete your project to the highest standard possible. The steps of the interior design process are outlined below, they are not definitive but they are the recommended stages in order to achieve a successful outcome.
Analyse The Brief
Each design project begins when a client’s design brief. The brief will outline what the client wants although as the client will likely have no design experience it is important for the designer to carefully analyse all details given by the client and if necessary to make further enquiries about the needs of the client. The success of an interior design scheme will depend not only upon the skills and creativity of the designer, but their ability to answer the brief set by the client. A good brief will be as detailed and project-specific as possible. It will outline the client’s requirements and aspirations, set down a budget for works and the time scale in which the project must be realised.
The initial Problem Statement or (or ‘Design Statement’) defines the project in very general terms. It identifies the client, the nature of the project (primary residence, holiday home, office, etc.), the location of the project, the purpose of the space and the extent of the design work. Site visits are included in this step for better understanding of the project.
Upon review of the design insights gathered from the programming phase, sketches and layout options are presented, and the project is assessed with a view to optimise space, improve functionality and highlight any exceptional architectural features. This fluid stage represents an important time to explore concepts until the most suitable design direction has been established. The final plan is then approved by the client for further process.
The most important aspect over which the whole project is dependent is Budget. As a designer One has to play with design and requirements of clients that fit into the budget as well. At this stage we provide a lump sum budget of the whole project after understanding the design style and basic layout.
An agreement is signed between client and designer which includes all the information and design charges discussed in details. Before further design development this agreement is signed.
Once the layout and budget is approved, the concept development phase begins. This phase may be broken down into 2 stages:
Concept Statement with Schematics
The initial ‘ideation’ stage involves brainstorming design solutions (verbal, sketched or written) before filtering out unworkable ideas and refining the workable ones until one or more main design concepts emerge. It represents a process of going wide in terms of concept and outcome. The main aim of this stage is to use creativity and innovation in order to develop solutions.
The main design concept expresses the principal ideas and approach behind the proposed design solution. The Concept Statement is accompanied by Schematic Drawings – sketches and graphic visualizations of these ideas – portraying the spatial and activity relationships from a variety of perspectives, colour schemes and other important details of the proposed design.
One or more design concepts is presented to the client in the form of a proposal, for review, feedback and approval. The proposal may consist of
The Design Concept Statement and supporting conceptual drawings, including scaled floor plans showing furniture placement; mood boards showing colour, materials and finishes.
The proposal includes additional sketches, perspective drawings, full colour renderings.
The types of material used in the design like lighting, finishes, fabric etc.