The Layers of Interior Design

After the dust settles and the walls have been constructed, your facility project is still far from done. This is when the work of the interior designers really starts to take shape. There are nine key layers to interior design.

•  Color – The most obvious layer is color. Establishing a theme or inspiration of a space is key in developing a color palette. Designers need to decide several factors, perhaps most importantly, whether the color scheme should be complementary or monochromatic.
•  Contrast – Regardless of the decision about complementary or monochromatic colors, contrast needs to be incorporated. This can be accomplished with paint, finishes, or even accessories.
•  Textures – Fabrics can be a vital piece of this layer. Mixing fabrics with various scales and patterns offers visual interest and can soften and add warmth to spaces.
•  Form & Function – A space should help the user fit into it without frustration. No matter how beautiful a room may be, without functionality it won’t be successful.
•  Furniture – The right furniture can make or break a space. It is a vital piece of finishing a room successfully.
•  Lighting – Whether you choose to go with overhead lighting or accent lighting, low-level and dimming are crucial elements in the design. We all know lighting is necessary, but have you ever thought of it as an accessory or an art piece as well?
•  Movement – The flow of a space must make sense. Your overall design must be well planned and thought out.
•  Accessories – In any space, accessories can play a major role in the finished product. Your space may feel incomplete until all pieces are in place, ranging from artwork and pillows to drapes and timepieces.
•  Architecture – And to us, it goes without saying that design inspiration has to work within the architecture. A direct decision needs to be made early in the process whether the designs will work together or dramatically contrast one another.

As you can see, this discipline is far from just picking the color of paint on the walls.