Interior Design Basics to Stake your Life On

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This post is part of Tutorial Tuesday, a series hosted by “The Admission Insider” and PortPrep owner Karen Kesteloot. Tutorial Tuesday aims to help students improve the artworks in their college art portfolio by teaching various hand drawing techniques.

In today’s version, however, we will be featuring some of the best online resources that we can find regarding interior design.

Interior Design Basics

Before studying interior design in college, brush yourself first with interior design basics from some of the best online resources!

An interior design is not simply about arranging the pieces of a particular space to make it look more attractive. There are a lot of factors involved in interior design that compose a unified design: color, form, line, scale, and proportion, among many others. These factors are something that an untrained eye won’t see, but the wholeness of a well thought-out space would nonetheless become visible even to those without any knowledge of interior design.

If you want to understand every facet of interior design and become a professional designer some day, then may want to get a degree in interior design college for you to learn the techniques used in designing spaces. To get you started and prepare you for the road ahead, however, below are links to some of the best online resources about interior design basics that you should know.

Interior Design Basics

Katharine Kaye McMillan and Patricia Hart McMillan, co-authors of Home Decorating For Dummies, 2nd edition, have written this short but sweet introduction to interior design at the For Dummies site. Keep the points they mentioned in mind all the time so you can one day create a design of an interior space that you can be proud of! Click here to read the article.

Decorating 101

Afrochic of About.com has compiled a large list of resources within their site on how to approach interior decoration, which is one of the responsibilities of an interior designer. Click here to read information about decorating ideas, decor elements, decorating styles, and much more.

Note: If you’re still confused what differentiates interior design from an interior decoration, then let this post at the National Council for Interior Design Qualification enlighten you.

Simple Home Decorating Tips

Interior designer Blanche Garcia presents in a video from HowCast about basic interior decorating ideas that you can try out. Suggestions include adding drama to each room by adding brochures, calendars, and other items as part of your design, and the use of throw pillows. Click here to watch the entire video. Also, be sure to watch other videos at HowCast for more interior decoration tips and advice.

The 3 Principles of Interior Design

If you’re wondering about the principles of interior design, Shari Hiller and Matt Fox at HGTV breaks it down for you in this article. They divided the practice of interior design into three principles: function, mood, and personality. Click here to learn about the different factors that govern each principle.

Understanding some key basics of interior design

Gloria Haguma at Daily Monitor talks to interior designer Abdul-Hakeem Kilemba and architect Willis Otto Olanya about what people should look for when designing and decorating the interiors of their homes. While this article is geared towards people looking for interior design and decoration services, this should give you a better idea on what your potential clients look for from their designers. Click here to read the article.

How about you, dear reader – what other online resources about interior design basics that we weren’t able to include in this post? Share them with us by commenting below!

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