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Interior & Exterior Design & Style

Interior & Exterior Design & Style

Loft Design of San Pedro explains the difference and the role of the furniture designer.

Mention a style like Victorian, Baroque, Modern American, Tuscan, Japanese, Indian and we all find it quite easy to build a mental image of what style is being described, however blurred it might be, howeve; converting that image into a design that corresponds with our own individual mental picture takes the skill, experience and knowledge of a designer who can see your vision and convert it into a tangible reality.

Assuming you have just purchased you property on the Costa del Sol and now want to convert it into the home and style of your dreams, it does not mean that the walls, roofs and ceilings can be converted into the chosen style unless the property was built to that architectural requirement in the first place. This is where the designers’ knowledge and foresight come into play to reach the maximum possible compromise with the given elements. It involves a lot more than just colour choice. Who will provide the right kind of paint, the correct soft furnishings, lighting and the right design in furniture that will match and satisfy the requirement is very important. Then of course there is the question of budgets. Everything is possible with unlimited budgets, including demolishing the property to change the architecture, but not necessarily practical.

Understandably therefore, furniture is a fundamental element that makes the major contribution to the realisation of a design that fits the desired mood, especially here on the Costa del Sol. A successful furniture designer needs creative ingenuity, world-wide design knowledge and confident technical skills. He uses a variety of skills to design new furniture and related products for domestic, industrial and commercial clients. The products vary greatly, from bespoke design, to limited batches of furniture, to mass produced items.
The process of furniture design demands creativity, business awareness and skills in marketing, finance, sales and manufacturing. The role involves a number of functions, including designer, production manager, buyer, sales person, accountant, and even maintenance engineer. This is why so many furniture manufacturers and suppliers now embrace interior/exterior design as part of their normal service.


It is so much more convenient to let the designer/supplier do the whole job. It works out cheaper too, not just for the individual private residence owner but particularly for the property developer and many other different types of space providers to include offices, restaurants, hotels, schools, airport terminals, theatres where the designer’s participation can commence at architectural level and embrace flooring, colour schemes, walls, lighting, etc. right from base level. Of course the variety of styles for different applications is so vast that specialization is required in respect of certain types of public buildings such as theatres, hospitals or airport lounges.  

Although the terms interior/exterior decorating and designing are sometimes used interchangeably, interior/exterior decoration is something else. This is the art of decorating a room so that it is attractive, easy to use, and functions well with the existing architecture. The goal of interior decorating is to provide a certain "feel" for the room; it encompasses applying wallpaper, painting walls and other surfaces, choosing furniture and fittings, such as light fixtures, floor plans and providing other decorations for the area such as paintings, sculptures and carpets. This service can also be even more readily provided by the furniture supplier, when assisting in the choice of furniture.

Despite the numerous building spaces that interior designers can work with, the process is usually similar in all cases. The first step to designing is determining the wants and needs of the client. This step is known as programming, the compiling and organizing of data related to a project.

Meeting face-to-face with a client is essential to discuss issues such as, how the space will be used, and what preferences the client has, as well as the client's budget. The designer will also visit the space to take note on existing furnishings and equipment, as well as to identify the design problems and attributes of the space. After meeting with the client, the second step includes formulating a plan, estimating costs and completing a possible design, which is presented to the client and make any revisions necessary.

The last step is to finalize the project to ensure completion. So the designer will oversee the whole process in person and make sure all the client’s needs are being met.

You get a lot more than just buying furniture these days!

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