In simple terms, Interior Designers are the ones to call if you want to restructure a space. An Interior Designer can remodel, change wall configurations, and document building and construction works – which is good reason to want a Registered Interior Designer.
In Victoria, Australia, to become a Registered Interior Designer with the Victorian Building Authority requires certain minimum educational qualifications and professional on-the-job experience, referrals from recognised peers, and relevant, current Insurances.
A Registered Interior Designer will have a structured process which broadly covers three major, common design stages – Concept Development, Design Documentation, and Implementation. On top of their years of training, they use this process to create building interiors for effective use with particular emphasis on space creation, space planning and factors that affect our responses to living and working environments.
Interior Designers also often possess additional training in architecture, engineering, schematics and other specialized skills to help them achieve their goal in maximizing a space’s unique potential.
Interior Design is the art and science of understanding people's behavior to create functional and aesthetic spaces within a building. Consequently, Interior Design is sometimes referred to as Interior Architecture.
An Interior Decorator will primarily approach the space from the perspective of artistry and style.
Decorators are primarily concerned with making a space look and feel attractive. They are concerned with the aesthetics of a space, without having to make complex choices involving construction or building codes.
In working with an interior decorator, you should expect them to have a thorough knowledge of textiles, art history, lighting design and function, color palettes, furniture and period furnishings, antiques and other complementary arts and crafts that allow them to adapt their solutions to the unique tastes of each client.
Decorators are usually not involved in designing or controlling the layout of a space. They may be called onto projects during the construction phase, but in general they come on board after the project is complete.
A fully qualified Interior Designer is usually someone that has studied Design and it’s related disciplines, most likely to graduate or post graduate level. They have made a career of their skill and talent, practicing the art and science of design in a professional manner. They are members of recognised industry associations, and have strong network connections.
The most important question to ask your Interior Designer is – “Are you Registered?”
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