How To Solve Any Interior Design Problems That May Arise

The beauty of interior design for many people is solving any problems that a job may throw up, some of which can be planned for and others which throw themselves up during the job itself. Interior designers have to always expect the unexpected when involved in a job; these are things that interior designers plan and train for. But what about those of us that are not trained in interior design but want to try their hand at an interior design job within their home? How can we approach problems that may arise and what are the best solutions for these problems?

For those of us that are not trained in interior design a job may need doing at home that we would love to have a go at but do not really know where to start, but all is not lost. There are that many reference books, magazines and television programs available today that ideas and problems can be addressed in one form or another. The inter web has many forums and web sites that can be fantastically helpful, these are places where you can post a problem in the form of a question and in turn you will hopefully have some helpful soul post a reply and answer to your problem. The real beauty of these forums is that they are places where like minded people go to socialize and help other people with their interior design problems.

Magazines are also a helpful resource, not only to help with any problems that you may encounter but also to give ideas that may help you avoid a problem. Sometimes a problem can be easily avoided by simply side stepping it completely and replacing the idea with another more manageable solution. Interior design magazines are also helpful as they offer you the chance to actually see many ideas in picture form, ideas that you may have in your head might look completely different in the flesh so it is always an idea to try to seek out any pictorial help available.

Most people are good at some part of the interior design process but interior design covers many different aspects, design, color identification, architectural design as well as placement. But a true interior designer is fully trained in all aspects of this of their profession, the trick to master if you intend carrying out a task yourself is to identify what part of the job you feel most comfortable with and what you feel you may be best at, this way you can narrow down the fields where you may need help and again, where possible, side step any problems that may arise.

If you can for see a problem that may arise and you do not feel comfortable in solving it yourself or the answers that you have been give do not feel right then why not go to speak to an expert. In many cases a local builder’s merchant or plumber’s merchant will be able to offer help and advice or even a product that will solve a problem. For instance, if you are dealing with a bathroom remodeling task and you have hit upon a problem with baths then by consulting the plumber’s merchant or a plumber they may be able to advise you on the best baths design to go for helping you to overcome the problem.

There are many avenues of help available to enable you to complete your interior design tasks it is just a case of approaching each task slowly as they lay ahead of you and take each one step by step. Do not be afraid to ask for help when needed and do not be too proud to accept help when offered. This way you should be able to complete any task with the minimum amount of heart ache.

E-Decorating: Is Online Interior Design Right For You?

Call it online interior design, e-Decorating, virtual room design, or room design online. Whatever the spin, it all points to a cutting-edge trend in home decorating that translates into affordable interior design for you.

With the deluge of DIY shelter magazines, home-decorating TV, and easy online access to home furnishings, it was only a matter of time before the interior design industry would be forced to evolve as well. Enter e-Decorating, a budget-friendly, flat-fee based online interior design alternative to traditional, on-site interior design services.

Wondering how e-Decorating works? Here’s how face-to-face and web-based compare:

Style and Budget

* An on-site designer helps you define your needs, preferences and budget through on-site consultations. An online designer does the same through a questionnaire, phone consultations and in some cases, services such as Skype.

Inventory, Measuring and Photography *

An on-site designer inventories, measures and photographs your space. An online designer guides you in conducting your own inventory, measuring and photography, which you then submit, typically via e-mail.

Design Concept

* An on-site designer creates your room’s design concept, which includes a space plan, color palette and product recommendations. An online designer does the same.

Architectural Drawings

* An on-site designer prepares interior architectural drawings for the construction of the space and or built-ins. An online designer typically does not prepare architectural drawings that require precise on-site measuring.

Purchasing and Installation

* An on-site designer implements and coordinates the purchasing and installation process, with bespoke, antique and/or custom To-The-Trade items not available to the general public. An online designer guides you in implementing the purchasing and installation of products from well-established online-retailers and, in some cases, purchases To-The-Trade items directly for you.

Timeline

* An on-site designer sets the pace for the purchasing and installation process. An online designer allows you to take your project at your own pace, implementing your purchasing and installation as your budget and time allow.

Pricing

* An on-site designer typically requires a retainer ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 and charges actual project fees at either a flat or hourly rate based on $120 – $200/hour. An online designer charges a flat fee ranging from $250 – $1,000 for a complete room design.

There you have it. If you’re on a slim budget, don’t mind doing a little leg-work, and like initiating new projects on your own, consider e-Decorating services. If you have bundles to burn, need precisely dimensioned architectural drawings, and prefer to have someone else do all the leg-work for you, go face-to-face. Either way, you won’t be disappointed.

Would You Employ an Interior Designer to Build Your Home?

Imagine going to a furnishings store.

You see a set of curtains that you like.

You love the colours so much that you decide to build a home around them. You call in an interior designer and get him to build the home.

Inevitably the building doesn’t work efficiently or effectively as a home. The plumbing might not work. The electrics, the position of the doors, the construction timbers might not be as strong as they should be. The house probably wouldn’t pass certification by your local council.

So you have to call in an architect and then a builder to remodel the house so that it meets the demands of the family using it.

Obviously no sensible person would begin to even think about building a home around a set of curtains because they like the colour.

Yet that is how 99% of people go about building their website.

· They have a corporate colour or logo that they want their site to match.
· Then they call in an interior designer to design the look of the site.
· Then the designer builds the site.
· And it almost inevitably does not work for those who want to use it… searchers.
· So then they decide to cal in an architect to fix the problem.

The architect is an SEO guy. Not a technical one, that’s a civil engineer but an architect who researches and understands what works from a usability or market point of view.

Before you even begin to discuss the layout of your website with your web-designer, find out what our potential customers want and the build your site around that.

And just like the house, designing, building and decorating, are entirely different skills. You wouldn’t ask your interior designer to design your house so don’t ask your web-designer to design the structure of your website.

The term web-designer can mislead many people because of the “design” element in the term but it’s no different from the design word in interior-designer.

Now you may have your interior designer acting as project manager for building your home. That’s fine because they would consciously employ an architect and builder, plumber, electrician etc.

So don’t overload your web-designer with tasks that they aren’t experienced in undertaking. It’s not fair on them and, as helpful people, they will often agree to do the SEO for you. Yet for both you and your web-designer, you will both end up with a below par website.

To demonstrate the point, how many clients’ websites do you see on Page 1 of Google? Very few.

2 or perhaps 3 for most searches.

You’ll see directories, recruitment sites, education courses and wikis taking up most of the Top 10 sites. In many industries, they take up Page 2 and 3 as well.

The reason is that those sites, which are built by web-designers, aren’t optimised to appear on Page 1. So if your web designer says they know and can do SEO, ask them how many of their clients are on Page 1 of Google.

To be fair, I don’t have a clue about creating a design for a web-site. I know my limitations. Make sure the service providers you employ are honest about their limitations.

Everyone will produce a better result that way.