In my long life of designing the interior of different homes, I have come up with standards as to what is proper design and what is inappropriate. Likewise, I have learned to get out of my comfort zones to discover and come up with new concepts to make sure that my creative juices as a designer is harnessed and enhanced every once in a while. When engaging in interior design, the first idea that will be given you by most experts would be “to begin with the end in mind.” They follow the idea of Stephen Covey who said in his very famous best-selling book, “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People,” that “everything is created twice: first, in the mind, then in reality. This idea has universal implication and it can be effectively applied to interior designing. Even in the choosing of window treatments, for example, or in window blinds selection, one has to begin with the end in mind. One has to start with a general idea, a motif that would be the overlying concept of your interior design. This primary theme element should be the general idea that would imbue every aspect of your design. Likewise, it should be the unifying concept that would bring in the element of consistency in your work. This unifying element can be a texture, a place, an idea, a time, or any other idea that would imbue and would be continuously presented all throughout the interior design process.
Emptying Oneself of the Old Ideas
To be able to come up with a novel concept of designs that would serve as the unique unifying element in your design, you should be willing to get out of your comfort zones and discover new elements in your design. The old concepts and preconceptions would usually prevent you from discovering and trying new things. Unless you are capable of emptying your cupboard of prejudices and stereotypical preconceptions, you will never be able to discover and learn new designs. Finding new concepts and getting out of your comfort zones are all based on the concept of learning—that one has to unfreeze first the old learning so that one can accept a new accept of learning. Similarly, to become an avant-garde interior designer, you have to unfreeze your old habits of designing and learn new habits and concepts.
Seven Concepts of Interior Design
The main seven concepts of interior designs are simple and these seven concepts are planning or conceiving, circulation, the process of 3D creation, the construction, the sourcing out of materials, the consideration of colors, and lastly the consideration of lighting. Your interior design concepts should be wrought differently and uniquely; yet, your process of designing should be patterned after these seven guiding concepts so that you will have a guide towards a holistic and consistent interior design that would be very pleasing to your clients. Hence, if you are going to apply these seven concepts, you will surely discover that, although you are dealing specifically with the individual aspect of designing such as window treatments, you are still guided by your general and overlying concept that would serve as your unifying element. In a way, interior designing is like creating a short story and every part of it should be contributory to the overall plot of the story.