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Learning About Colours, Spacial Factors And Elements Of Design

After being accepted into an interior design specialty, you don’t get to choose many electives for your first year.  This is due to the many mandatory courses you have to take in order to move on to the more fun courses during the last years of your education.  We all had to learn about the theory of interior design, architectural drafting, research, history of interior design and art, and digital drawing.  Once you get into your second year of studies, then comes the fun stuff like textiles, colours, spacial planning, residential design, workplace design, visual communication and so on.  I decided to take my electives on colours, spacial factors and elements of design.  These courses helped me a lot in the technical aspects of interior design.  What this means is basically when I’m stuck, I can fall back on these possible techniques that will give you a great outcome independent of your own personal design.  Now, this doesn’t happen for me often where I can’t think of what to do with the space I have, but once or twice, I have fallen back on these techniques and the clients have been extremely happy with my work.

In terms of colours, I usually work with a very highly recommended painter company that is very detail oriented and has quality work.  They work with me to help decide on the colour scheme of the space, which in my opinion, is the most important aspect of a room.  If your room doesn’t convey the mood or feeling you want, it usually has to do with the colour of the walls.  This is because colours bring out our emotions and feelings.  If you want a happy feeling room, go for a soft yellow or beige.  If your space is more contemporary and you want a colder sort of style, go for a light green or turquoise.  Coloured walls have a huge impact of the style of the room so you’ve got to choose them carefully.

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Spacial factors and design are my favourite parts of interior design.  Depending on how big of a space you have, you can often picture the room full of furniture (or not) depending on the style your client wants.  Space lets you figure out what type of room you want to convey.  Do your clients want a cozy room or do they want a more minimalist design?  It all depends on the space you have and how you want to style it.

One of the most important important aspects of being an interior designer is having people you can depend on to execute your vision.  That’s why I have complete faith in my residential painters in Toronto, my partner and contractor, my movers, and my furniture salesmen.  They have helped advance my career and know exactly the type of vision I want to create.  It’s extremely important to have a solid team that you can depend on and trust to lay out whatever you need.  My clients have all loved my designs for them, but it couldn’t have been done without my team.

How I Became An Interior Designer

I’ve always been told ever since I was a child that I had a great eye for things.  Whether it was dressing myself at the age of 3 or decorating my room at age 12 or being voted best dressed in high school, people always tend to follow my creative eye for fashion and design.  I remember being 10 years old and being completely convinced that I was going to become a fashion designer when I grew up.  Little did I know back then that if I couldn’t sketch properly, I was never going to be able to “design” anything.

I figured out soon enough that maybe fashion wasn’t my calling but in 8th grade home economics class, my teacher gave us an assignment that changed my life.  We were asked to make minor changes to our room and take a “before” and “after” photo of what we had done.  She asked that we make one specific drastic change, whether it was moving our furniture around or rearranging our pillows.  Well, I took it to the next level and completely re-designed my room.  I went to IKEA and bought new pillows, sheets, and other decorative pieces to give my room a completely different feel.  My before and after photo were so different that my teacher decided to pass around the photos to the entire classroom.  This was the start of my design career.

Now, I understand how lucky I am that my parents allowed me and were able to afford all the changes I want to do.  I followed my creative senses and soon re-designed our entire house.  My parent’s master bedroom, living room, and the basement were all different by the time I was done.  Eventually, after high school, I took courses on interior design and soon became a certified interior designer.  I’ve never loved doing anything more.  The shopping definitely helps as retail therapy too. 😉

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So for all of you out there that are interested in interior design as a career path, don’t let others challenge what you want to do – go for it because you’ll never know how far you can get unless you try.