Despite a difficult financial climate in 2010, and a bit of a shaky start to 2011, there is a sense of optimism which is reflected in the emerging design trends for 2011.1. Wallpaper designsWallpaper designs will be big and bold. Previous year have seen single walls covered in a bold print. Expect to see entire rooms adorned with bright and colourful patterns.2. ColourBright, bold and optimistic! The well respected colour experts at Pantone, known for their expertise in colours from graphic design and architecture to fashion and make up predict the colour of the year will be ‘Honeysuckle’, also referred to as Pantone 18-2120, head over to their site to see it. They describe it as bright but not bold, reflecting a sense of optimism for a brighter future. Colour forecasters, including Pantone foresee deep colours like iron and brick contrasting with pale, cool pastel shades for interiors.3. FurnitureIt’s all about mixing it up. Watch out for vintage items juxtaposed with carefully selected pieces from the seventies, eighties and current times.4. TechnologyEverybody is becoming more techo-savvy, and technology is becoming evermore accessible. Rather than the CD player in the corner of the room, iPads, iPhones are used to wirelessly transmit music to an amplifier. There are apps which work with intelligent lighting to control the ambiance of your rooms. Video games where your body is the controller require room for the whole family to stomp around the living room, so space is important. Large 3D, high definition televisions are often the centre-piece of the living room.5. Eco-decoratingHot for 2011 is the increase of environmentally aware decorating and building methods. Architects are opting for more environmentally sound building materials. Large windows are popular, adding extra light and creating the effect of bring the outside in.I hope this guide proves useful and informative.
Look around where you’re sitting. Notice what you’re sitting on. You’re living in a world of interior architecture and design. It’s everywhere! Individuals in this highly competitive industry have to have the eye of a graphic designer, the skills of an illustrator, the ingenuity of an industrial designer, the passion of a photographer, the style of a fashion designer and the soul of a fine artist. These are the Jack and Jills of all trades and create inspiring environments for people to live in, work in and admire.What is Interior Architecture and Design?Interior architecture and design is a multi-faceted profession in which creative and technical solutions are applied within a structure to achieve a built interior environment. These solutions are functional, enhance the quality of life and culture of the occupants and are aesthetically attractive. Interior architecture follows as process of systematic and coordinated methodology, including research, analysis and integration of knowledge into the creative process, whereby the needs and resources of the client are satisfied to produce an interior space that fulfills the project goals.Who Works in the Industry?Interior designers are artistic, creative and imaginative. They also need to be organized, self-disciplined and skilled business people. Combining interior architecture knowledge with artistic vision, interior designers work with clients and other design professionals to develop design solutions that are safe, functional, be aesthetically pleasing and meet the needs of the people using the space. As members of a service profession, interior designers’ fortunes depend on their ability to satisfy clients. Thus, they must understand artistic and technical requirements of a project, interpersonal communication and management strategies.How Do You Get Started?This industry and area includes a scope of services performed by a professional design practitioner, qualified by means of education, experience and examination, to protect and enhance the health, life, safety and welfare of the public. To ensure this level of expertise, a formal education is required for this profession. Obtaining a degree from a well-known and accredited interior design school or online interior design school is of the utmost importance for getting started in interior architecture.Now that the profession has been defined and its requirements outlined, you are equipped to go and get started in this highly competitive industry. It’s important to keep in mind that there can be subtle differences between interior architecture and interior design – although both of these aspects are important for any career in this industry.