I have been a juror to various college design exams and presenter of our projects at various forums. With lack of knowledge, school or college students have questions every time I meet them.
I remember when I was a student myself I had no one to guide me regarding this profession. How much does an interior design earn? Is it an easy course? what all need to be read or learn to practice? etc etc.
Here I have tried to answer all of the frequently asked questions by a school student who is thinking to join the course, a college student who has already joined but is not clear about the future and a degree holder, who doesn’t know how to approach a company or to start his practice.
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Re: There are tons of problems we face while we practice.
The most challenging thing I face in Interior design practice is Time management.
Its very difficult to handle time when you are working over some projects but at the same time when you design, meet current clients, email replies, meeting future clients, check accounts and analytics, followup with contractors and sub consultants.
It is the most challenging thing that Interior designers face. Often there’s too much to do and not enough time.
How I solve It?
I try to plan everything in advance to keep everything on time. Making to do a list a day before and then tick mark the done task while I keep completing the work one by one.
I Love Evernote for this. Its a cool App. It helps me to take notes, quick sketch, record audio messages while I drive for a site visit.
In Addition to Evernote I use google calendar to mark my days and appointments. My mind and Evernote is always filled up with varied things to do, I try to use Google calendar as it sink all my tasks in one place.
Being on time for every scheduled meet is also Important for time management, as your clients may not like delay in their work. So you need to be Always on time and don’t take unnecessary leaves.
2. Can a commerce student do interior design practice?
Re: Of course, one can! If you have the drive for it then your stream doesn’t really matter.
Besides, being a commerce student can help you to understand the firm’s monetary requirements rationally & in-depth.
Matching client’s requirement and allocated budget is one tough in designing field which can be handled well if you have a commerce background.
After all, running a design business is also about turning what seems a weakness into your strength.
3. What are some budgeted interior design tips?
Re: In case you are on a tight budget, try to keep things minimal. Choose your material palette wisely, avoid adding too many colours to space.
Soft colors for 60% of the walls and one bold accent wall will do the trick. Refurnishing can also be a great idea but not necessarily for all your furniture.
4. Who are some of the best interior designers in the world?
Re: ‘Jean-Louis Deniot‘, based in Paris has been featured in ELLE Decor and AD number of times and recognized worldwide for his eclectic and refined style.
‘Philippe Stark‘ an Internationally acclaimed French creator takes versatility to a whole new level. His work can be seen in European and American Museums. His interest in furniture design is also very well established. Some of his well-known designs are Flos gun lamp, juicy Salif citrus squeeze, and Louis ghost chair.
5. What are the best books about interior design practice?
Re: ‘Elements of Style’ by Erin Gates is a must-have book for all the Interior design enthusiasts. Its unique and practical decorating ideas show us how designing a home can be an outlet of personal expression and self-discovery.
‘The business of design’ by Keith Garnet; Former consultant at Gensler brings in the basics of managing and running a design firm in his book. With creative illustrations and real-life experiences, this book is divergent and reveals the tools necessary to create and run a thriving design business in today’s ultra-competitive marketplace. This too I bought it from Amazon.
Re: The uncomplicated part with the Industrial scheme is that you don’t need to focus on making the area neat or perfectly symmetrical in every aspect.
This design scheme promotes raw textures such as exposed brick walls, Open ceiling layouts, and some really bold furniture. You can also go vintage by using your old re-purposed furniture or light fixtures but avoid combining unnecessary things.
Re: Your house is basically the reflection of your own personality & liking.
Everyone wants to make a good impression on visitors, it also adds up to the value of your house. A nicely decorated house plays a major role in deciding your mood and brings positivity to space around.
9. What is the most important factor that decides the beauty of a room?
Re: The main factor that decides the beauty of a room is its ‘layout’.
A great colour palette with exquisite materials will fail to create an appealing look if the furniture placement is poor & unbalanced.
Different rooms have different requirements ex. if the room is small, One should focus on getting the maximum floor visibility, try painting the walls with light colors, add mirrors & use sheer curtains to create an illusion of bigger space.
Read what I saying here, YES! Thats what you wish to hear from your clients once you start your OWN Practice.
Dont worry too much about jumping in, Just Jump in the sea of Design, you will quickly learn to swim.
A renter’s life often swings between ‘Making the house feel homely’ & ‘What if I have to shift soon’. Never mind! There are many ways in that are balanced, do not dig a deep hole into your deposits & transform your rental into a cozy, gorgeous & lively abode.
Keep your chin up, this does not necessarily be expensive. Remember ‘Even the hardest puzzles have a solution.’ 🙂
1. Paint one wall
Yes, we understand that repainting the entire room or house would be a costly affair & a ‘too soon to commit’ situation considering the uncertainty attached to a rented home.
No worries! You can dress up your home in a classy and sophisticated way if you just paint one wall in the room or in other words use an ‘Accent wall’. Pick a unique color, brightness or texture for the accent wall. If the entire room is in lighter tones a single wall painted in turquoise, teal or cobalt blue is going to add extraordinary glamour & charm to the room.
2. Vibrant statement furnishing
The accent wall is an easy & obvious option but in case painting a wall bright is not feasible in a rented home or you are keen on spending for things that are long lasting, invest in vibrant furnishings. Based on your priority & comfort select which item would you prefer to invest in ex. Sofa set, side tables, beds, dining tables, a designer dressing or wardrobes. It’s completely okay to go slow & create your ideal home in bits & pieces.
A magenta boss chair in front of a neutral wall or a bright yellow side-table can instantly warm up the ambiance.
You might already be having few statement possessions with sentimental values, consider renovating them. For example, your grandmother’s cushion chair can be completely transformed with a vibrant floral printed fabric. Also, there are so many bright & artistic furnishing pieces are available in the market. Exploring them itself is a pleasure 🙂
3. Art & Decor
Sadly, there is no other way to put this: A Tenant rarely has the freedom to do whatever he wants to do with the rented house. The good news is this does not stop one to transform his space according to his personality & unique ideas. A place called ‘Home’ is incomplete without some art & handpicked decor which reflects you.
“Holes in the wall” is often a reason for your deposit cuts or tussle with the landlord (If not, yayy you are one lucky fellow) When it comes to wall art or paintings. Don’t worry! Following are some clever ways to avoid or limit them:
Use a shelf or table to showcase your paintings
Opt for stick and peel wall papers or wall stickers instead
If you want to add photo frames You can opt for a hanging picture display that needs one hole and will showcase multiple pictures.
Additionally, add some exclusive art pieces, figurines, vases, rugs, light fixtures (Removable) for a personal and warm vibe & to feel at home. If you have a tiny place use contemporary mirrors to create an illusion of a bigger space & to enhance home aesthetics.
4. Prettify your bathroom
A clutter-free bathroom is essential for a soothing bath time also an impressive bathroom creates a positive impact on your home.
Collect & group all the bathing essentials & cosmetics together and put them in attractive baskets.
Install a modern & stylish vanity & try to hide not so good looking items & tools.
Add one or two small indoor plants or succulents with quirky planters.
Invest in a classy washable shower curtain. Vinyl curtains are a good idea which keeps the water in the shower & not on the floor. They also dry quickly.
Use a big cozy & cute bathroom mat to add glamour to your bathroom.
Use some quirky and humorous washroom poster quotes. Tada! It brings a smile 🙂
If the bathroom walls are messy & stains are permanent use a temporary stick and peel printed wall-paper or tile.
Buy & Install a new shelf or use an old one to keep fresh flowers, books & not to forget aroma candles.
With the above implemented imagine your bathroom & a long warm bath!! Already feeling it? Go for it.
5. Plants and flowers
Eternal truth: Plants are beneficial for your home as they purify the indoor air as well as look gorgeous. The good news is these are a big trend nowadays!! Our trend setters have officially accepted that houseplants are unique statement pieces & create a beautiful vibe. Thanks. (Pun intended)Fr a rented home an economical and the easiest way to decorate a home is opting for indoor plants.
Be it the bathroom, kitchen, bedroom, living room, guest room or dining area – with some stunning plant space is going to emit not only oxygen but also luxury & elegance. Choose plants that grow quickly & are easy to maintain.
is your best buddy if you are living in a rented home. If your house has a space crunch or your job requires shifting frequently opting for pliant modular pieces is a good idea. Ex a sofa cum bed will adorn your living room & can serve the purpose of a guest bed too. Folding tables, Wall mounted Invisible beds or dining tables, folding bed tables, study tables with storage & a lifting top for the coffee time, etc are extremely handy & multi functional in a rented home. Pack your bags peacefully & empty the home hassle free when the time comes to move on.
In the end, it’s great to have your own house but happiness and beauty can be achieved anywhere 🙂 Be a little patient, selective, practical & recall the fact that you might have to leave this space before investing in any home furnishings or decor. You can get more of such ideas on our website here.
“A house is not a home without Love.” so spread love & be happy <3
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Look at the Infographic presented by recent International study below:-
Almost 65% of the interior design clients are not happy with what they get over the amount spent on their place.
The real sad part is – finding right interior designer for your home in india is not so easy, because, Either Interior Designers in India are getting the projects from ‘So-called SEO agencies;’ hired by them. Faking fan following and showing Likes and comments on their Youtube. Both ways they are spoiling the possible well-designed houses and most deserving relations.
Well, this is just a part and parcel of the world. We cant help people regarding that, but we can definitely help you keep out of the vicious circle of bad design!
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First of all congratulations!
You have your dream home/Office/Restaurant or cafe & we understand it wouldn’t have been a cake-walk but it’s worth it. Isn’t it? 🙂 Now let’s come to the next part: making it functional, beautiful & most importantly fit for your taste, daily activities, personality & basically turning it into a space that is YOU.
Whether renovating an old house or getting the new one designed, it’s always better to hire a professional interior designer for the task. Before you rush to consult the first name you find, get a checklist to ensure you choose a credible and experienced right interior designer for your home in India. Interior designer who can deliver a result that you’ll love & cherish for years to come. Perplexed with the idea of finding the right interior designer for your place in India? Let us help you to make a wise decision.
There must be around 1000 Architects and Interior designers in your city. Out of which trust me only 3-4 designers are the ones we are looking for. And why not, let us compare their experience, approach to design and quotes. Now the one you find the best out of these three is the one you want.
Below are the steps to find that one designer. Be with me, We will be taking step by step approach to findind that guy!
Step 1: Get the specifics
Decide on the critical aspects –
Style – which is the basic design style do you like? select one only.
You may feel all are good. but NO. As we are looking for one designer, we need only one style.
I am not talking about the rest of the design styles as it makes no sense to do those in today’s homes.
Watch closely at the above images. They are perfectly balanced, some wood, some colour, some texture kind of places. This is what you want.
Also understand what a cheap, ugly, and non-sense design looks like.
Why ugly? too much of wood, too much of cladding, cheap glossy laminate finish, and unplanned decorative items.
You don’t want to make it look like a wood house made of cheap dark laminate! In interior design, Taste matters. Taste of you and taste of your to be hired designers. That’s the key.
Do you like Contemporary? Hanh Insta fan? Or Eclectic?
Now, the Next step is to move from Emotions to calculations.
I will show you how to fix your budget.
Check your carpet area.
Now as a matter of fact, whoever you consult, get design built the following cost per square feet is the minimum cost you need to consider as budget.
If your budget comes to 1600/- Rupees per square feet. then you will get-
The main priority would be to get the essentials at the place. It would be comfortable, less costly, but less life of the furniture. finishes you will get- Laminate/ modular furniture, Fake wall finishes with an incomplete look. But anyhow, This will feel awesome.
If your budget comes to 1900/- Rupees per square feet. then you will get
Complete look, with decorative light fixtures, comfortable fabric sofas, Veneer finishes, decorative elements and heavy sun block lined curtains.
If your budget comes to 2700/- Rupees per square feet. then you will get
Brass, Genuine Leather sofas, Solid wood and Veneer finishes with PU coatings and decorative.
The more expensive the project is the far better options of finishes are.
Do not get confused with the designer if he says he can get the things done in less than the above mentioned cost.
It’s not possible! Either you are going to get duped or going to get a cheap- looking place.
So now as we know our budget.
We move to the person who can get the place completed in your required time.
Generally, a 1500 square feet house takes 3 months right from hiring to handover.
Step 2: Where to find the guy-
Look for them on Google/social media, speak to your friends, a family who recently hired an interior designer or another key source is décor magazines and blogs that feature architecture and design works. Shortlist the ones that fit your list of filters. This way you would have a handful of them to approach.
Once you have shortlisted some designers, do a background check. Know about their education (specialization, institution), projects they have worked on, people they have worked with, people they have worked under if any, and their experience. Look for their reviews by their previous clients. Google & Facebook reviews are two of the best and non-modifiable sources to check their authenticity.
Through here you will be able to shortlist seven eight Interior designers max. which you like to consider based upon your style (looking at their past works/ images) and budget.
Step 3: Portfolio and Credentials
When you have an eye on the one, do a background check about their qualifications, company. previous projects. Take a look at their portfolio, go through the different range of design styles.
If everything in their portfolio has a similar design concept & feels almost the same Then you know that your home will also end up looking like a close copy. Always remember, a lot of companies show off with 3D images or software designed pictures rather than showing the actual work after execution. Always check their authenticity and work profile before proceeding.
This will help you to reach next four designers, which you may consider.
Step 4: Discuss
The discussion shouldn’t only be focused on the project budget but it should also reflect the design expert’s work style. Does he/she listen to your questions? Are they trying to persuade a bit too much?, Will he/she accomplish your goals within your budget? Can he/she adapt to your liking, schedule, and other requirements?
Please Keep everything transparent & communicate well. Designers or architects are like doctors, you lie, they might not be able to handle your condition, additionally, it may be a bigger mess than you have thought of. These guys are professionals in their field and want to make beautiful/ landmark projects for their clients. Hiding, budget, timeline or your taste from them could be a total disaster.
You may also ask the questions below for clarity from the designer:
– Is there a particular style that you like or that you don’t like?
– How many projects do you work on at a given time?
– What’s your internal structure, and who would I work with on your team other than you?
– How long would you anticipate the project to be completed?
– Does our availability line up?
– What is your project management style and what will you expect of me?
– How do you charge and what does your fee include?
– How do you keep track of my budget, payments, and refunds?
– How do you resolve problems during the project? (Furniture arrives damaged, the wrong piece was shipped, etc.)
For Example we (Ogling inches design architects) are a very adjustable and transparent design firm for the mentioned questions. In the beginning itself our clients always share all of their queries directly to us to let us help them if they get stuck somewhere & this makes the project journey comfortable for both the parties.
Now the time we were waiting for.
This discussion would tell you who is the guy who will help you get your dream place designed and executed in the best possible way and budget.
Step 5: Sign the contract
If you feel that the interior designer is listening closely to your ideas, is able to interpret your style, has a vibrant portfolio, has great reviews – High five! you’ve found a winner.
In India often we take things a bit casually & discuss some or all the conditions verbally which results into bitter experiences, arguments & confusion. Thus we recommend that before any work is done and before you pay anything, make sure you sign a contract.
It should specify responsibilities, a deadline, budgetary limits and all the other important aspects. Your home must reflect your personality and have unique touches. Clear all possible hidden terms, loopholes & possible troubling elements with the designer in advance.
Usually, interior designers charge their fees for the number of visits, out of your city visiting charges, printing site visits, communication fees, etc. Settle all of these amounts before signing the contract.
We wish you a smooth & satisfactory design process & great time after the project handover as well.
Painting, plastic ceiling and lusture wall paint – 60000/-
Select Interesting solid wall colours (viz. mocasin yellow, turquoise, or amethyst etc. with base colour (viz. light beige, light grey, creme etc. )
(Here we used Marine blue as wall highlighting colour, and creme for rest of the walls)
Lighting fixture– 35000/- In interior design of an apartment, Lighting fixture is like salt. It cant be more or cant be less to make the food perfetly tasty. You can use these combos to make it impressive. (one crystal hanging light fixture over dining, wall mounted light fixture with 6 watt LED bulbs in rooms instead of tubelights, and study lamps)
Total cost of Decoration – 146000/-. Being on a strict budget and making it lively and exquisite, just use these tips and impress people. Still in case you find any difficulty or have any doubts, we would be happy to help you. You can contact us through this link.