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Should You Be “Using Blender for Interior Design”

“Using Blender for Interior Design”

In a time of drastic change, it is the learners who inherit the future.

Eric Hoffer

Introduction

I know many professionals and students wonder as I once did. At some point most will want to know if using Blender for Interior Design is viable. Well, that depends!

I’ve seen software applications come and go over the past 40 years. Come to think of it, that is the equivalent of starting off in the horse and buggy days! 😂 Yikes! And, in that time I’ve seen only a handful of applications that have truly excited me. Blender is one that has taken it spot within at my top three lists, thus far. Although, I should point out – that wasn’t the case in the very beginning. Blender started off the race like a rock stuck in the surf, but it has become a breath-taking Cheetah! Especially in the past few years. In fact, Blender has gotten within ear-shot of some of the top paid for (Very Expensive!) 3D Modeling software packages out there. Should they be worried?

Note: Throughout the article, I share links to some of the books I have in my home library and found very useful.

looking scared of the competition



Can an Interior Design use Blender with Good Results?

Absolutely! When I hear the question “Should interior designers be using Blender?“, I find a grin on my face while a barley audible chuckle escaping my breath. If you only knew what was easily accomplished using this FREE opensource application, and all the free available addons/plugins there are, and the abundance of quality -information (free and paid ) available to the end-user – you’d become an instant fan!

There are sites like Blender Model , Blender Kit and Blender Boom that allow Blender users to upload, and download a model. Some are good, and others that need more work, but nonetheless they’re great places for beginners.

You’ll find a treasure trove of sites where you can find almost any textures you need. I would bookmark 3DXO, 3D Textures, 3D Total, and Environment Textures. This is an awesome place to start!

Reading and having a great library of books is extremely important. I dedicate a certain percentage of income towards purchasing books for my home office, and company office. While there is a lot of information on the internet, as well as digital books like Kindle (which I always purchase books from when I am on the go), there is still something very useful about having a real book in your hands to really focus comfortably. Well, at least for me it is. Below is a list of books (I actually use and are in my library) worth investing in if you’re going to add Blender to your Tool kit. I’ve put them in the order I feel they are the most beneficial. This is solely my opinion, so always research enough to see which book may be best for you currently. You need to be honest with yourself about your skillset and be willing to actually read the book in full, as well as follow on tutorials within. You know the old saying “You get out what you put in”. That’s a fact, and it’s one that will never change!

I don’t care how much money you have, free stuff is always a good thing.

Queen Latifah

modeled and render in Blender

What can I do with a Free App like Blender?

You could make make award winning films and animations! You could produce 2D works of art, or 3D pintables. You could create professional architectural and interior models and then, render out high-quality images for presentation. You could create visual effects, and computer games. Or, perhaps it would just be far simpler to say that “there is very little a professional artist or designer could not accomplish using Blender”.

A Brief Bit of History on the Origins of Blender

Blender was the brain-child of Ton Roosendaal, a self-taught developer and art director from the Netherlands . He started NeoGeo (a 3d animation company) back in 1989 and it quickly developed into a quality company. Ton created the first opensource files of Blender in the beginning of January , 1995 as an inhouse toolset, and by early 1998 the first Free version of Blender was set free to the internet. Note:  In October 13th, 2002, Blender was released under the terms of the GNU General Public License, the strictest possible open-source contract. Not only would Blender be free, but its source code would remain free, forever, to be used for any purpose whatsoever.

Blender-founder-Ton Roosendaal

By 2007 Roosendaal helped to create the Blender Institute, which is a studio to oversee the research and development done on Blender. They went on to create a series of short films using Blender, and by 2008 one of these short films “Big Duck Bunny“, became a massive hit among children/family animated shorts. This was a jaw dropping moment for artist and film makers everywhere. Especially, once they clearly understood that this short film was produced and rendered within a piece of free software. I can hear Bill and Ted screaming “No Way!”.

bill and ted adventures "No Way!"




If you’re changing the world, you’re working on important things. You’re excited to get up in the morning.

Larry Page

Using Blender for Interior Design

Start off by downloading the most recent stable version of Blender for your operating system. Then download the Reference Manual and actually take the time to read the entire thing. Yes, that’s right! Read it! I find people who actually read manuals, usually have a faster workflow, and overall comprehension of the software they’re using. Go figure!

Oh My God! Slapping your head!

Focus on learning the very basics before you even begin trying to model anything or using Blender for Interior Design. The better you know how to get somewhere within the application, the better you will be able to follow tutorials. While this may seem boring, it only takes a short time out of your schedule each day to study. Go through the Reference Manual in the order that it is written. Learn the correct labels for each section of your application screen. Then, learn the top menu, and all the sub categories. Study what each one actually does. Once you can get around the Blender App comfortably and can customize Blender to the way you like it, you’re ready to start learning to make shapes and place them in 3D space.



Take the time to learn shortcuts and how to use the mouse with each command. Trust me when I say that you will become much quicker and proficient if you have the patience to learn all the tiny things first. But, who am I to tell you what to do? If you can read this article without someone holding your hand, then you’re old enough to learn the way you want to. Just don’t let me catch you crying like a newborn on some forum 😂 simply because you lack the patience to learn the essentials of an application that is important to your livelihood.

I have a saying that I taught my self years ago out of my own frustrations with learning. Maybe it can help you too. “You can walk slow and get there faster, or run like hell and keep passing it by!”

Examples of 3D Modeling & Rendering using Blender

Here is an example I found at Evermotion of the wire model and then the finale results after render. I for one am a big fan of wireframe renders for artwork for the office and home.

wireframe-of-kitchen-model-in-blender

You can see how natural the layout looks and how it seems everyone just got up from the table to go somewhere. A nice tutorial by Michal Franczak called “Blendered Interior Rendered In Cycles”.

In the next image, we see it rendered out with all the colors and textures added.

finale render in blender

In the next piece of art we see a render by Augusto Cezar on the ArtStation Website. I find this one very wel done! Bravo!

livingroom rendered in blender

In the next image we can see Augusto setting up his interior design model layout. We see the lighting and materials all added, camera set, and the scene ready to be rendered out. Superb job!

blender screen shot of model ready to be rendered

How do I choose the Right 3D Application?

If you’re going to make a lifelong career out of being an interior designer or architect, then you should put your most effort into learning the top applications used by medium to large size Interior Design firms. Keep Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator on these list of tools as well, they both play an important part of the post process. Here are my top choices globally.

I also feel that Blender should be added to this list, but not as the primary ones you should learn first. Keep in mind that bigger firms invest a lot time and money in training on specific systems and applications. That being said, it will be quite some time (if ever) that Blender will become the staple of the Interior Design and Architecture Industry.

If you are looking to be a freelancer or start a small firm, then Blender is a great way to go. It’s free and produces results like the big boys of the industry. Even so, I would still keep at least two of the top ones under your wings, just for rainy days. As standbys, I suggest 3D Max or Sketchup for 3D modeling with rendering and AutoCad for your Building plans and layout. This will help you if you need to find work in the future. Revit is a great choice for those involved with doing BIM (Building Information Modeling); Infurnia is similar in some ways. Something that all inspiring students should keep in mind is that AutoDesk seems to be pushing Revit as the go-to software for modeling and cad within the Interior Design and Architecture industry.

Remember that all categories encompassing the full design process, take skill in each individual area. You may model great, but know very little about lighting and so on. It’s definitely a balancing act if you’re the whole team. Rendering, lighting, texturing, modeling, animation, and post-work, all take skill, and time to acquire it. It’s better to take a realistic approach to learning from the very start. Step by step! Begin with the application itself, and then get proficient enough at each skill before moving on to learn more. “Hast makes waste”.

Where do I find some Good Blender Tutorials?

There are many good tutorials out there and some not so good ones. I know! I made the rounds myself when first taking a serious look at Blender. The list that follows are the sources I found to be the very best for beginners to advanced-intermediate. If you found a source that is very good , but not on the list – kindly leave it in the comment below. I am sure that others will appreciate your help.

The Blender Guru ( Andrew Price), by now he is well-known for his Doughnut Tutorial series. He is a lovely guy, with a matching personality, and a cheerful Australian accent. Tons of YouTube Tutorials and tips that are well-worth watching!


Grant Abbitt is a great resource and a pleasant individual to watch. He provides another side of Blender from Andrew and is a bit more business-minded in his approach to teaching. Although he is more involved with gaming side of modeling, there are still some very useful videos to learn from. His Stylized Cottage series is great place to start.

Egneva Designs is a bit more intermediate and fully interior design related. However, be warned that his accent may be difficult to follow by Westerner standards. I turn on the sub-titles and slow the videos down slightly in the YouTube settings. I find that it is worth it to watch his tutorials.

The CG Geek is a joy to watch. His is delightfully funny and helpful in his unique approach to teaching. I believe he has the ability to make most people feel good about learning. His Create a Modern Bedroom is a bit advance-beginner. but a good one to try once you get down all the basics of Blender.

Of course Blender has it’s own Channel with a lot of videos. All are dedicated to learning all the basic working of Blender and work well along with reading the Reference Manual. The Fundamental Series is an awesome learning experience, and a must watch for all who are new to Blender

A “must” in my book, is joining Blender Nation. I would get on their mailing list immediately! They provide free models, tutorials, suggested books to purchase, reviews of addons and plugins, and much more.

Blender Artists is a great resource for inspiration from other Blender users around the world. It provides an up-to-date list of available jobs, tutorials, suggested learning materials, contests and challenges, news, events, and a highly-useful forum, which provides a treasure trove of helpful information

I think I know what you’re all thinking … that’s a lot of learning baby! There is! But, the pleasure you get from it is exhilarating

WOW!

Conclusion

Should Interior Designer be using Blender? A big YES! Should they make it their main application? Well, that depends! Yes, if you are a freelance designer, or you are starting a small local Interior Design company. No, if you are a student looking to enter into the field of Interior Design and work for medium to large companies. Should you learn Blender as an addon application, and to your portfolio? Yes, if you have at least 3 of the ones I suggested in the bulleted list above.

Blender is a great application for 3d modeling, animation and rendering. It’s free and it works spectacular! There are very few things in this world that are free and provide world class results. Blender is on that list, so learn it and use it!

It’s best to think about the path you’re on and focusing your immediate efforts on the right tools. It hardly makes sense to learn something that you will not be using the majority of the time, at least in the beginning. Once you’ve added all the major applications to your resume, you’re free to continue adding on new skills and applications.

I’ve personally made it past that stage in my life. So, I find the value of using Blender, highly-significant in quite a few areas. Hey, I can always open up Maya, 3Dmax, Revit, SketchUp, Rhino, or AutoCAD in a heartbeat and feel at home enough to knock out a design. So, why not venture into new territories! I might be older gray, but I still love to learn and have a great time doing it!



Question for you

Let’s get my main question out of the way first! “Which application did you learn first; and how did you go about learning it?”

Some other questions you may like to ponder and share on are: Did you find this article helpful? If not, please leave me some helpful suggestions or tell me what you’d like to read about. Do you have a question you think I can help you with? Great, leave it below and I’ll do my best for you. Do you have any advice you’d like to share? I am sure everyone would love to hear it.

thank you for reading our blog article.

Kind Regards

Jack Anthony LaBarck

Wellness Interior Design

Wellness Interior Design

Introduction

My parents always told me that goodness finds a way to grow out of chaos, and 2020 became a testing ground for that theory as COVID19 began ramping up globally. It would be an understatement to say “life has changed significantly on many fronts” and we’re not going back to “as it were before”. While this sounds a bit doom and gloom, it’s really more of a, “it’s been a long time coming” scenario! We’ve seen the writing on the wall for some time now. Books and movies have outlined this cautionary tale for decades now. But, thankfully (much like the movies), we are inherently resilient creatures! Many positive changes are settling on the horizon and one such phoenix rising from the ashes, is the concept of wellness Interior Design.


Health is a state of complete harmony of the body, mind and spirit. When one is free from physical disabilities and mental distractions, the gates of the soul open.

– B.K.S. Iyengar

“Wellness Interior Design” What is it?

So, what exactly is this wellness in interior design and why is it suddenly trending in 2021?

According to the Global Wellness Institute, Wellness can be defined as “the active pursuit of activities, choices and lifestyles that lead to a state of holistic health”. In the simplest of terms, it is the soundness of any living organism.

I describe “Wellness Interior Design” as being the product of knowledge, and well-made choices. It is an understanding of how health and well-being are influenced by our surroundings. Light, air, color, sound, proper use of space, and more. Then, it is acting upon those things which can alter our quality of life and well-being. We do that by creating a living space that caters to those things which benefit our mental and physical health.

This is not really a new concept. It’s been around for nearly a decade, but mainly in the commercial design sector. A good many companies have been taking advantage of the benefits associated with the wellness movement. What has changed notably as a result of the COVID19 crisis, is the urgency to create healthier residential environments to live in. Wellness designing for the home or company is already here and its not going away.



It will become common place for all homes and businesses to be designed with our psychological and mental health in mind. It will only get better as our understanding of the body’s natural frequencies, and biological makeup become clearer. Ongoing research into how our senses interact with temperature, colors, lighting, sounds, and aromas (Indoor Environmental Quality), will help to produce new and beneficial products while reducing the monetary burden of health risks on our tax paying society.



There are literally hundreds of organizations already involved in some form or other (many are siblings of one another), with ushering in a better – more reliable future. One in which our homes and workplace play a significant role in our well-being, both physically and mentally. Some of the best-known organizations providing green building certifications are LEED, Energy Star, BREEAM, and National Green Building Standard.

indoor environmental quality

In the paragraphs that follow, I will share some of the research I’ve studied on wellness. Obviously, we’re all a little bit different from one another. Hence, every space has to be adapted to fit with the tenant/s.

The good news is that as designers, we’re getting better at mimicking our natural surroundings, trying to create as pristine as an environment as we possibly can. Our senses do a great job of gauging how well we’ve done that and our holistic health responds accordingly. The better we balance everything to meet with our physical and mental makeup, the better the end results.

mimicking our environment indoors

The human body has been designed to resist an infinite number of changes and attacks brought about by its environment. The secret of good health lies in successful adjustment to changing stresses on the body.

– Harry J. Johnson

There are 5 steps to holistic health and wellness. They are as follows: physical, emotional, social, spiritual, and intellectual health. It’s understandable to me that we tend to think of the “physical” first, when thinking about our health. I believe we’re so used to all the signals pulsing throughout our bodies all day long that our response to them becomes muscle memory early on in life. Physical doesn’t present itself as an abstract, so immediate solutions appear to be more tangible for us. The more we learn about this through observation and science, the better our quality of life will become.



Look at what we’ve already gained in the way of knowledge from just the past 50 years! In this short time, we’ve expanded our comprehension, developed products, and applications that monitor our sleep cycles, our heart-rate, blood pressure, and our physical activities. Because of these advances, our life expectancy grows in stride!

physical wellness

Unfortunately, our emotions do not always share that same level of stability that our physical health does. Our emotions are more fragile and take more work. However, we’ve a much better understanding on how we’re affected by our immediate surroundings.



We now live in an age ( as an example) where we are more aware of how subtle or drastic the effects of color can be in altering our state of mind or well-being. Whatever the case may be, designers need to be aware of stress in a client’s environment. Therefore, we need to consider the interior design space better, making certain it provides access to therapeutic relief. This can easily encompass a spiritual or intellectual step, dependent on the personality.

Social Area

A healthy social life is found only when, in the mirror of each soul, the whole community finds its reflection, and when, in the whole community, the virtue of each one is living.

Rudolf Steiner

Undoubtedly, there is an important connection between family, friends, community, and happiness. This combination produces a healthy longevity. A great reason to make social space available in your design.

What have we learned from all this? Conclusion and Summary!

Our mental and physical health are closely related to the quality of our surroundings. We need to create the right harmony and balance within the space we choose to live. Educating ourselves to the effects of wellness, increases our chances of experiencing a wonderful life and sharing that with others we love.

Don’t be afraid. Change is such a beautiful thing”, said the Butterfly. 

Sabrina Newby

When the target becomes “Wellness Interior Design” It becomes a lot of new information take in. So much becomes dependent upon an individual personality, or a combination of them. Being an Interior designer isn’t nearly as clear cut as it once was, not in modern times. The lines have become so blurred in 2021. The need for a designer to have such a tailored ability is a lot of responsibility and pressure to carry on a design project. It becomes imperative that a lot of thought goes into choosing the right person. I suggest you hire an interior designer who is well-educated on this topic and one that you really like. Perhaps you will find it helpful reading, “How to prepare for a meeting with an interior designer“. It’s a good place to start!

A Quick Question!

Do you feel you’ve gained anything from this article? If so, what did you take away from it? If not, what could I have done better? If you have experience on this topic and can add something helpful, then please do share. I’d love to hear all about it!

BTW! Thank you for taking the time to read this article. It means the world to me. Warm Regards Jack Anthony LaBarck

Color In Interior Design

Color could give rise to sensations which would interfere with our conception of space.

– Georges Braque

In this blog article, I will introduce the basics of how color in interior design and the theory work. I will look at some of the psychology of color involved, and share a little history. If you follow along well, you should see improvements in the workflow of your designs.

So, let us start by answeringWhat is” the importance of color .

Color In Interior Design

It allows a knowledgeable interior designer to have greater control of a desired presentation, using visual and psychological communication. A good understanding of color mechanics allows the designer to find harmony between the targeted theme and the health benefits that the right design can produce.

Introduction into Color

The study of color theory began in the very early 1800s. Somewhere around 1810 as far as recorded history is concerned. Albeit, Aristotle wrote down his own observations and thoughts concerning the theory of color some 2000 years earlier.

I will digress for a moment, to share some interesting bits of trivia.

Leonardo DaVinci had also formulated some of his own theories in and around the start of the 1500s and entertained the writings of Aristotle on the same topic, later in his life.

Recently the oldest pigment of color (a bright pink) was discovered in molecular fossils, somewhere in the Sahara Desert, and said to be about 1.1 million years old. 

The first recorded science experiments on color and light were done by Isaac Newton in the mid-1600s. His experimentation using glass prisms and light lasted nearly 4o years and produce a book called “Opticks”.

What is color?

In simplest of terms, color is the appearance of something in a combination with lighting, hue, saturation, and brightness (luminosity). The very short scientific explanation would tell us that color is a frequency of light and that different frequencies of light produce different colors.

Since color is a physical property of light, it is not dependent on our perception. Of course, there is more to this story. We need to consider the biological function that takes place once light enters our eyes, and then transmits information to our brains. On an interesting side note, our brain can even have difficulty interpreting what it sees in some patterns of color or lighting. When it does, the brain tends to fill in the misinterpreted information by itself, thereby creating an illusion.

  (HSB), hue, saturation, and brightness. Hue is the color itself (green, blue red, yellow, etc), and the perceivable shades of the color. Saturation is the intensity of a color. A color starting at its normal hue would be 100% of the color. We can desaturate a specific color to a grey within the same spectrum (0% of the color). Brightness (Luminosity) is the lightness or darkness of a color or quality of light.

Color Saturation

What is the relationship between colors?

Color wheels or color triangles are tools use by designers or artists. They help us to better reference in the relationship between colors in our work. They help us to organize colors in a rational way and to avoid confusion. The color wheel is the equivalent to the musician’s circle of 5ths. It help us to see the relationship, contrasts, tension, and the harmony between the different hues.

As professionals, we are always striving to find the best color harmonies for a given situation or project, even if they create tension. These basic tools help us to establish patterns and create color palettes that provide specific results.

Can you begin to see what is the importance of color in interior design? Can you see how much more control you have of the outcome of a project you’re working on?

These are some examples of color harmonies.

color wheel

Color

Wheel

How do we use a color wheel?

The following categories of the color wheel help us to better analyze how certain groupings of colors work together.

Primary colors are base colors that cannot be created by mixing other colors. They create excellent contrast. The three additive primary colors are red, green, and blue.

primary and secondary colors

Secondary colors are colors achieved by mixing two primary colors. The three secondary colors are green, orange, and purple and are created by mixing two primary colors.

Tertiary colors are colors achieve by mixing a combination of primary and secondary colors. There are six tertiary colors: yellow-orange, red-orange, red-violet, blue-violet, blue-green, and yellow-green.

tertiary colors

Split complimentary colors are as the name implies While a complementary color is exactly across from the color you pick, the split complementary is on each side of the color directly across from the color you pick. These colors create a contrast similar to complimentary colors, but with slightly less tension.

split complimentary colors

Triadic colors are three hues evenly spaced from one another in a triangle pattern on the color wheel.

triadic colors

Square colors are as the name implies. There are four hues evenly spaced apart in the pattern of a square on the color wheel.

square colors

Rectangle colors the rectangle pattern has four cardinal points divided between warm and cool colors, with opposing complements. While the colors are more closely related to one another they still provide a pleasing contrast.

rectangular colors

Analogous colors are hues that are closely spaced together on the wheel. There is no exact proximity or order of them on the color wheel. It is up to you as a designer to choose the amount of harmony in the colors you choose. These color harmonies are very generally useful for brands. Close color harmonies can strengthen the intended emotion for the design.

analogous colors

I found I could say things with colors that I couldn’t say in any other way – things that I had no words for.

– Georgia O’Keeffe

How does Color Impact our Senses?

In the most basic form, color is stimuli for our senses and it has a deep connection to all five of them. Science continues to shed light on how deeply colors are intertwined with hearing, touch, taste, vision, and smell. We should design with the sensory system in mind!

5 senses

Universities students, design professionals, and scientist are constantly coming up with new investigative research into how we are affected psychologically by different hues, levels of saturation and brightness. The results of all this research provide design professionals undisputable proof of how much impact colors have in shaping the core foundation of any project.   

The Lets Color Project does an exceptional job using well-made short videos into their research. It clearly shows how colors and senses interact. It also shows us the results using people from different career backgrounds. Amazing stuff here! 

What are Color Modes & how do they work?

RGB mode (red, green, blue) is normally used for images and art that will be on your computer screen and websites. In RGB there are 256 values of each color: red, green, and blue.  Hence. 256 x 256 x 256 = 16,777,216 hues.

CMYK mode (cyan, magenta, yellow, black) is used for printing art,    flyers, newspapers, magazines, banners, logos, images, etc. There are over 16,000 color variations that can be produced using CMYK

      

what do we know about the effects of color?

The very first thing we must comprehend is that light and color are intertwined. Color cannot exist without light. The second thing we need to understand is that color is not constant or stable, either by light or the human eye. Thirdly, Newton’s study of color through the use of glass prisms is essential to learning some of the mechanics behind what we perceive visually.

Color is a power which directly influences the soul.” ― Wassily

Kandinsky

It is difficult to argue against the impact that color has on our physical and mental being. The clues are all around us, showing up in segments of time throughout history, in art, writing, architecture, science, math, music, etc.  Research helps to refine our understanding of color and the psychology behind it.

The poet, playwright, and novelist – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe might be considered the first to have opened the door a crack on the psychology of color (1810) with his book “Theory of Colors”. Although, history and culture provide evidence that we were aware of the psychological connections for quite some time now. 

sensory input

 Color and luminosity evoke the sensory system within us, and we respond emotionally to what we see to varying degrees. Although, we are seldom aware of these subtle changes going on all the time, and how often they happen. This is not surprising since color itself is inherently unstable due to its surrounding environment, and constant changes in luminosity. As professionals, we learn to reduce this instability in order to have more control in what we’re trying to accomplish with our design.

We know that certain colors closely bridge specific emotions in us, regardless of culture or time. Example: red with anger or caution, yellow with energy or intellect, green with nature or harmony.  Other effects can vary slightly, based on circumstances, culture, gender, age, and time.

Colors can either modify our perceptions of space by creating the illusion of size and distance, or they can create continuity and harmony between subjects or items.  Our psychological and physical world usually adapt to these changes.

How does color theory make us better interior designers?

When we understand the profound impact, that colors have on the psychological and physical well-being of people, we can then comprehend how greatly our designs can do the same. The difference is that we have more control over the way we channel these effects once we know the  whys and the hows.

Color theory explains how color works on a mechanical level. The psychology of color gives us insight to producing color schemes. Ones that are beneficial to the well-being of the client, and represents the concept or theme, in the best way possible.  As we can see, it is imperative to be well-informed in both the theory and psychology of color.

color psychology

As stated earlier in my article, color is not stable. So, the best we can do is to use our knowledge and skillsets to have greater accuracy. I also suggest having a good knowledge of lighting. We must be educated on all color and lighting topics mentioned. This knowledge allows us to produce an interior design that is stable and that echoes our intended message.

Conclusion and Summary

Color theory and the psychology of color can be treated as, two separate topics, but they are inseparable in the end result.  

It is unclear as to when the psychology of color was first entertained in history, but it is safe to say it is a relatively new science based on the acceptance from the masses. As far as the theory behind color, we have better historical documentation into when that first began.   

We know that color and light cannot exist without each other and neither is stable in almost all situations.

We know that the more knowledge we have, the greater control we have in directing the outcome of the design process.

 I am sure you can gather just how deeply the study of color theory can go, based on just the few basics I have shared and researched for you (the reader). However, the biggest take away should be just how much good your knowledge can do for your client’s well-being, and how closely you can represent the intended theme.

a quick question for the reader.

What did you gain from this article and / or what can you add to it from your own experiences?

On a special note: I thank you the reader with all my heart, for taking the time to read “what is the importance of color in interior design?” or any of the articles I write. It means they world to me! I hope you’ve found some pleasure and benefit in them.

Regards Jack Anthony LaBarck

 

 

5 ways to prepare for Interior Design

5 ways to prepare for an Interior Designer
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It is an exciting feeling when you know you’re about to change something for the better in your lives. The impact that interior design can have on the inside of your home or business is immense. This is one reason to prime yourself for the road ahead.

The experience you will have designing your home, is largely dictated by how well you prepare ahead of time. Knowing what to expect as your home or business space progresses into something rewarding in your life or livelihood is certainly well worth it. Furthermore, knowing these 5 ways to prepare for Interior Design takes a little work on your part. Aside from nice pictures and liking their portfolios, you must feel a good connection with the one you ultimately choose. 

All great changes are preceded by chaos. – Deepak Chopra

professional decorator 1

Sites like Pinterest, Google image search, and decorating blogs offer a great place to start. You can easily learn about different styles and interior design terms during your research. This will build confidence when conveying your thoughts to a professional.  Besides, it is fun to imagine how certain furnishings may look in your home or company office. 

Introduction “5 ways to prepare for Interior Design”

Let’s begin by reviewing the list I provided below and seeing how much of it you can bring together without too much fuss. Proper planning will make sure you’re ready to face the adventure that lays ahead. So, on to the list of items you’ll need. I will break them down further, afterwards. 

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What you will need to get ready.

  • Original floor plans (if you have) in either pdf or DWG file format. 
  • Current pictures of the area or areas ready for redesign.
  • A written summary of which elements in the design process are most important to you. It should reflect those things you would like to change or keep, and why. 
  • Prepare a folder of Images of decors that resonate well with you. I suggest using Google and Pinterest to search for them.
  •  Provide a rough date of when you would you like to begin the design process. 
  • Let them know if you can temporarily move out of your home once renovation begins
  • If you live in a condominium or gated community, you need to provide work hours,  deposits required and copies of any paperwork your community or building requires the fit-out crew and designers to read, prior to work beginning.
  • Have a budget and remain in control of your spending for materials and furnishings, and building costs. You can also commit to an exact budget within the contract after viewing the material and furnishings you’ll use.

Life without Passion is void. – Interior Passion’s Director

Why should I prepare a List prior to looking for an Interior Design Company?

Proficiency is key and it will save you both time and money in the end. It will also help to keep your emotions running on the good side of things.  In short, less stress and hopefully more enjoyment on your new adventure.

You may think you can handle finding an interior architect or firm without preparing a list and you’d be correct in part. However, it will be much more work for you without the right planning. Especially, when you’re interviewing multiple firms to find the right fit for your personality.

   It’s best to start a working folder immediately. It should be easy to reproduce for each interview you undertake. This will save you from wasting valuable time, daily frustration and spending more money than needed in the end. Besides, every firm should ask you for these basic items during your free consultation period. So why put off the inevitable ?

Why should you have original floor plans?

Having original floor plans can save you money for starters. If you live in a condominium or gated community that is less than 10 years old, they’re likely to have a copy of original floor plan in your purchase documents. If not, find the building’s engineering office or see if the corporate office can locate copies of the original plans. If you do not have the original drawings, hire an Architect or Interior Design company to prepare them. You will need this first. This will help you with any future renovations, especially if you sell your home or business. In fact, the company you hire can do this for you. Note: Every company may have alternative ways in charging for original floor plans, so ask first.

Note: Do not mistake original floor plans with the Layout plan or builder’s fitout plan. The original set of drawings should cover the elevation of ceilings and walls, electrical wiring, measurements of all rooms, plumbing and ventilation.

 

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Floor Plan of Corporate Office by Bangkok’s Interior Passion.

Why should you provide current pictures of your home?

It is essential to know what your home’s inner architecture and styling looks like. It helps us to visualize the steps needed to produce a theme or concept within your budget. After you hire a company, they must do a full and precise measurement of your decor space in case anything has changed or was notated incorrectly . They will also take photos from angles that are important for the design team.

How do I prepare a project summary?

The summary should be backed up on a folder within your computer’s hard-drive or in a file drawer. It should contain images or videos, swatches of colors, magazine clippings of designs that attract your eyes, and materials, wall and ceiling treatments, fabrics that you like, curtains, shades or anything else that can help create a picture for the final design rendering. You cannot have too much, since you can review and refine this folder at any time.

You will need to summarize those areas that are the most important to you, if you want to avoid any future regrets. Keep in mind that all clients are different, so it’s essential that decorators get a good mental picture of who you are as an individual ( including other family members) and what elements of the design are most important to you. 

  Remember! By preparing a summary in advance, you will save yourself time during meetings.

Why should a provide an approximate date I expect a finished design?

This depends on your situation. Some customers have busy schedules. They may need to move out during some or all of the renovation period, because of dust, noise, and chemicals used to strip or clean surfaces. Others may need to rent during such lengthy periods of time and that can be costly, adding to the final expenses.

The designer you hired may have other projects scheduled for up to a year or more in advance. So it is better to have a rough idea of the time needed for complete the project.

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What type of paperwork do I need to supply a designer with?

If you live in an apartment, gated community, condominium or have a company office in a business building, you’ll probably be given a list of rules, and deposit amounts required by the building or community organization.

There are requirements for builders to follow, and scheduled times for construction noise. They’ll be given designated elevators or lifts to use. The deposits ensure that builders do not damage the building in any way when transporting tools and materials. Note: Most clients will provide the deposit for the builders to avoid delay, at least in Bangkok. However, use your intuition! If you do not feel comfortable enough to do that, then let the builder deal with the building contracts directly.

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Why should I set a Budget before I begin Interior Design?

Designer’s by nature, love freedom to create and that could be costly if you do not set borders. It is better to have guides in place, so the designer does not stray too far from it. It’s also a constraint for those who have caviar taste on tight budgets. We’re all guilty of that occasionally.  If you are not knowledgeable about renovation costs, material and furnishings – Education comes quickly enough once the design process starts. 

The logical budget should be about 18% (give or take a few percents) of the total price of the home or business property cost. You do not want to spend more money than you will be able to get back in a sale of the property. If you are sure it will be your last home, and your comfort is far more important than the resale value, then let the design company know this up front.

Finale Thoughts. 

Often, teaching the client what to expect and what they need, falls to the interior architecture. It is difficult for most individuals to know where to start, or how to prepare for a meeting with an Interior Designer or freelancer. The vast majority of people who use professionals to do their decors – do not do it that often.  So, it is understanding how little most people comprehend about the process. This is why I wrote this article to begin with. I am simply trying to take the guesswork out of the equation for you so your experience is a better one.

   You’ll be happy that you took the time to research and prepare for the interviewing period. It is stressful enough spending money and contemplating an outcome that matches with your hopes. Taking the time to put everything together in a cohesive package in important. It provides a good mental image of your needs, while creating a starting point for all those involved. It also helps to foster better experiences along the way. It reduces the stress. You’ll have more time to listen, learn, and become part of the process, whilst forming friendly bonds with all those involved. 

Share your personal experience with us in the comment section below. I welcome  questions you’d like help with regarding preparation for Interior Design. Please leave a comment and share with others if you’ve found this article useful. I appreciate your time and visit to our Decorating Blog. Come back often! Happy holidays to all, and may your 2020 New Year have joy, health and prosperity.  

7 Interior Design Trends in 2020

7 interior design trends in 2020
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Introduction: 7 Interior Design Trends in 2020

every Year brings that anticipation of change! What will the new fashions, furniture, lighting, architecture and home decor styles a la mode be? Then there are the Pantone colors of the year. They’re both the largest contributors to pushing the entire design industry in new directions. However, some decorators push new styles in unique directions, and that becomes further inspiration for trends to grow.

Irregardless of borders and countries, the Interior decor industry has a way of breaking down walls to create new statements. And many of us eagerly await to see what the 7 interior design trends in 2020 will be like. I am one of them, waiting to see if I have been on the right path. I’ve already seen the advertisements on new condos are in line with my expectations for Bangkok interior trends. That means the major interior design companies have already been contemplating a change. Please note that I update my posts from time to time. So I can also give feedback to the changes I’ve seen during any of updates. 

Vibrant colors and softer textures.

 We look towards the fashion world to be the inspiration for Interior colors, textures, and patterns. We go through this every year. First it’s fashion, then pantones colors, and finally Interior Design and Architecture. The direction in the fashion industry appears to be pointing at vibrant and cheerful earth tones. So I believe golden-yellows, a softer side of neo-green, coral whites and lighter variations on classic blue will top colors. It’s “Back to nature”, as they say. We will also welcome velvety textures and softer suede leathers over regular leathers and cottons for couches and sofa chairs.

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 I think we’ll see minimalism, with its primary greys as the base tone, fade out and as we embrace more of the colors, I already mentioned.  

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Vibrant earth tones
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 I like this shift in design. But I still like minimalist architecture as the basis of the design. 

What we’re seeing is a nice mix of Scandinavian and Italian influence with a splash of modern contemporary thrown-in. So, you can get away with leaning towards favoring one design-styles; so long as you have the right balance. 

Open Space – Natural lighting

 Vibrant earth tone colors work well with a combination of open space and natural lighting. A perfect match in my book. 

People are moving away from large spaces and embracing that city condominium feel of loft style apartments, higher ceilings and larger windows!  We can make powerful design statements is such spaces! Right?  This reminds me a bit of New York -back in the days that everyone was turning old factories into Loft style apartments and homes. As my mother always said; “things have a way of coming back into style”. 

Natural woods tones …

Use of natural woods in the right places add harmony to the interior architecture.  It also adds feelings of comfort, warmth and longevity into the picture. Now, we put the right metals, clay or ceramic hardwares, along with some stylish textures, then we bring out the very best in a fresh new Interior. 

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Natural woods being used In 2020
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Black and Touches of Lighter Grey

Using touches of lighter greys, textured metals such as brushed steel or copper hardwares and the right lighting, bring out the highlights of natural woods.  Adding a few plants and color to the interior decorators stew and you’ve got yourself a prescription for ushering in new concepts in design.  I wouldn’t go too hard on any grey. Just a hint here and there can work nicely. There was so much grey for the past 5-8 years (depending on where you live), that many are still in “grey shock”, if such a thing exists. So, yeah! Go lighter and just use it to break up the main theme a little. 

Framing your windows and door frames in black can really be the icing to the cake! I am personally drawn in by thin matt black window framing. It is such a cool look. Maybe that’s just me.

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High Ceilings and Big windows!

High ceiling space and large windows are perfect primers for that natural lighting. Who’s spirits wouldn’t find joy in such a decor? I say 2020 Interior Design trends will bring a great year for designers and home owners. A good decorator or interior architect will know how to use the natural lighting when doing the layout for your new home, condo or apartment space. Bangkok Interior Design enthusiast would welcome such a trend in their growing city. I can see that happening as I am writing this article too. 

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So What do you think? Am I close or am I off the mark? I’d love to hear your opinions on what 2020 Interior Design Trends has in store for us. II think it’s all good!

My Conclusion?

I believe this image is a great representation of what will become the interior trends you will see in all the magazines, on Pinterest and top interior decorating blogs!

If you’re a blogger and like to share articles, let me know. Kind Regards from Jack at ArtBox Bangkok

The Great life Interior Designing

 

Introduction: Is it “The great Life Interior Designing”?

There are certain perceptions that do not fit the norm about the great life interior designing.  I’ve learned this much over the past 38 years.  Especially now, where the lines blur between job descriptions.  I believe there is that daydream image of a jet set lifestyle floating about in the heads of some new interior design students. It seems to cloud the reality of long days, ruffled clothes, and those (consistent) moments of you slipping into a quiet space for some mental readjustments and controlled breathing. Truth is, that there is little of the posh living  and a lot of daily stress. 

It is important you (the student) come to grips with the facts before you commit to such a career. You have to be willing to accept the chaos and workloads, ups and downs, as well as many other aspects of living most of your life is such an industry. Why waste your valuable life on something that you do not have complete passion for? Life will only become a prison. 

Now, if you are one of those individuals who love the chaos and hurdles involved, and you have enough passion and desire to march on – then you’re in the right place! Continue on!

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Design is seldom free of obstacles

As I already alluded to, there is no such thing as perfection in this world! And, life in the Interior designer industry isn’t any different. It is passion that keeps us going on any career path. There is an inner joy and rewards to be had from our daily quests! We long to find things that stimulate our minds and heighten our senses.   Without that passion and stimuli, your life would be incredibly boring and frustrating, to say the least. There will always  be such obstacles lurking around each corner. Ones that throw havoc to the wind, scattering themselves among your well-prepared plans.

Is that a bad thing to have so many obstacles? No, it’s not. Some of us have quirky personalities that thrive for such challenges.  I am one of them, and perhaps you are as well. Whatever the case may be, you should know whether this fits you as a person, especially before committing to an education, and then a career path in such an industry.

The Interior Design Industry is always evolving

In today’s industry, interior designers and interior architects are becoming harder to separate into different columns. There is a fusion taking place between job descriptions as  each year progresses. I see it all for the better. It is evolving and changing with the times. And, we’re at a major junction of change in this world. Everything is morphing as the world shakes and cracks to accommodate a new way forward. Question is; are you ready?

We should be a bit psychologist, salesperson, artist,  project manager, 3d modeler, photographer, lighting engineer, rendering  guru, and AutoCad, and then some. A person of many masks and faces. And, because we’re always adapting to industry changes, we have to be willing to add more skills all the time!

 Alway keep in your mind that most months have periods that are emotionally taxing and frustrating.  It takes the right person to handle these pressures  when they swell. Always remember that “How well or badly you handle things is often the difference between winning and losing”.

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Know your clients very well

  An important trait is understanding the fundamentals of psychology.  Understanding all of  your  client’s needs, even when they do not,  is a hard-earned skill for most designers. Patience is a must, as it can get complicated quickly with most projects. You can go through a whole bag of emotions is a single day if you’re not careful. So! Should you be a designer? Sure! If you have the passion, drive,  and the ability to thrive on these roller coaster-ride days. If you are truly made for this industry, you’ll  end up on the side of “grateful”, especially  when you know you’ve made it through the chaos together, along with your team -resulting  in a happy customer.

Before we move on, I should point out that not all client / customer marriages work out! There can be many reasons for that to take place. Some will be far beyond your control. Having pointed this out, be prepared for such situations. You can’t be in such an industry, and expect difficult clients not to happen. The more projects you have, the more you will likely encounter them. Likewise, you can’t stop personality conflicts from taking place between designers and customers, but at least you can adjust to it if the client is willing to. 

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Designers enjoy moving around

The majority of young Interior Designers are hard to keep in one place for a substantial amount of time. It is the nature of the world we currently live in or have been living in for the past decade. Young adults like to travel and work, learn and grow. It’s all good! Only a small handful of designers will be looking for long term employment near a specific location. 

An employer should understand that the world is vastly different, as should the student. We have to adapt to this global change and hire or seek employment with this in mind. 

I suggest that you really examine your desired journey and find the right employer. One who supports the path you’re on, or at least accepts it. Keep in mind that the more time you take to plan your path, the better off you will be in the long run. 

 So, the takeaway?

Be careful about your initial perceptions of living life and working as a dedicated designer. There are many unseen hurdles in every job. They’re often a sudden series of swift kicks from the school of hard knocks!  But, if you really love what you do, it all is worth the white knuckle days.

Thank you for reading!

Thank you for spending some time reading and sharing. I hope this made some of you want to live life as an interior designer.  BTW, if you have questions, please send by contact or leave a comment below. Also, please check back often or sign up for updates for new posts.

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Kind Regards

Jack Anthony LaBarck

Director: Interior Passion

Bangkok, Thailand

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