Many Nigerians are yet to be familiar with the trade “Interior Design”. When one suggests this unpopular idea to a reasonable percentage of average clients who owns a building project being executed, most of this clients are quick to say, “I don’t have the money for that” or the worse “I will organize my house myself”. This percentage of people who utter this notion readily understand the need to source the services of other trades like painting, electrical installations, bricklaying, plumbing, etc. but do not understand or cannot comprehend the need to hire professionals to plan their interior space. This for one shows the lack of public education about the trade “Interior Design”. The larger chunk of individuals who understand the value of this trade are found among the elite class followed by literates who studied one aspect of environmental and building construction or the other, aspects such as Architecture, building technology, urban and regional planning, estate management and the likes…
This disparity evident in the level of education about the interior design trade requires conscious efforts of professionals, artisans, and educators to make the enlightenment about the trade evenly available in the public space. This then begs the question, “What is interior design? Who is an interior designer? And what intrinsic value does Interior Design consist of such that an individual will want to source for the services of an Interior Designer?”
What is interior design?
Interior Design is a branch of architecture, which following through a series of scientific and technological and artistic considerations and criteria, particularly focuses on the technical organization of interior spaces with the intent to satisfy its functional, safety and aesthetical requirements and meet customer/clients expectations.
Who is an Interior Designer?
An interior designer can either be a professional consultant or contractor who has the technical know-how or capacity to manage and execute an interior design project. An interior designer is a person to meet when one wants to simply plan their interior space.
Why do I need an Interior designer?
Space Management: Abuse of interior spaces is predominant in this part of the world. There are certain ways to fully exploit a space so that an inhabitant of such space can fully reap and enjoy the full benefit his/her interior space has to offer. Allowing an interior designer to look into your space can save you unnecessary consumption of space or non-usage of spaces you never thought were available for use one way or the other.
Safe interior layout: organization of space is also just as important as the materials of interior components like furniture’s, tiles, etc. used to perform certain functions in such space. As far as organizing space is concerned, well, some people will say “Yeah, I can do that myself!!” but the mere touch of an interior designer in carrying out this function will ensure that your organization of interior components such as furniture’s, tables, aquarium, etc. conform to civilized expectations and most importantly totally safe. The interior designer also sees to it that the right materials for these interior components are used considering their various functions and places they are stationed. For example, you wouldn’t want to use only the tile flooring in your children’s bedroom.
Understand and interpret the client’s dream: They say “One man’s food is another man’s poison” that being said, one would agree with another that tastes differ. Only an interior designer has the ability to understand, transform and transcend different customer’s concept into reality in a more professional way.
Aesthetics: Basically, Making sure the interior space is aesthetically fulfilled is the only job of an interior decorator, but is just one of the other responsibilities of an interior designer. An interior designer coupled with the fact that they decorate your interior space, they also put the space’s functional and safety requirement into consideration.
The input of interior design into your house set up gives your home a corporate and civilized look. As I always say, “Live professional to look professional”
Article By Akinbode Stephen G.
BHub Construction College