Home & Garden
With so many “decorators” and “designers” in today’s highly competitive marketplace, it’s become fairly easy to get confused between all of the options that are out there. Interior décor has especially picked up pace, with the recent advent of newly constructed houses in elite societies like DHA & Bahria Town found on Lamudi.pk along with design and organizational tips and options for full-furnishment, or a completely new blank slate. Because of this. many people end up using the terms “interior design” & “interior decorating” interchangeably, but the truth is that these professions differ in very intricate ways much like the difference between an architect and a builder. So, before you pick up the phone to make an appointment with one of these interior guru’s, let’s have a detailed look at each of these so we know what we’re getting into.
Interior design is the art and science of understanding people’s behavior to create functional spaces within a building. Interior designers study people’s needs so that they can create functional, structural, living or working spaces to satisfy these demands.
Things to take into consideration;
- Is this an office space, living space, or both?
- Is this space shared, or will it be unique to your interests alone?
- What is the total space of the room(s) to be transformed?
- What is your budget?
This profession requires specific schooling and formal training. The work of Interior Designers includes studying color and fabrics, computer-aided design training, drawing, space planning, furniture design, architecture and more. They apply creative and technical solutions within a structure that are functional, attractive and beneficial to the occupants’ quality of life and culture. These designs respond to and coordinate with the building shell and acknowledge the physical location and social context of the project.
On the other hand, interior decoration is the furnishing or adorning of a space with fashionable or aesthetic interests in mind. Decorators focus on visual values and their part comes after the structural planning and renovation. Although they do not require any formal training, there are many programs and courses available. These courses focus on color, fabrics, room layouts, space planning, furniture styles and more. Decorators are great at coming into a room and whipping it into shape, giving it balance, and making it feel “just right”. They can help clients decide on a style, choose a color scheme, purchase furniture and accessorize. For instance, they can paint walls, hang wallpapers, select and place furniture, install window treatments and add accessories such as throws, lamps, throw pillows and wall art into a room. An interior decorator uses skills to adorn a living space, once an interior designer has made necessary structural or functional changes.
Things to take into consideration before beginning your decorating;
- Do you prefer new, or slightly used furnishings?
- Do you have a favorite color, or “base” color preference?
- What is your budget, and will it include everything or would you prefer to add wall decorations and small adornments yourself?
In Pakistan, interior design and decoration have both existed for as long as most of us can remember, with rich gold’s and the deep aura of colors that have become commonplace here. So, now that you have a clearer understanding of which is right for you, be sure to plan ahead, come up with a budget, and enjoy the freedom and potential to be unique and make your house, office, or whatever space you choose, an extension of yourself.