Interior design and architecture- a collaborative approach

Interior design and architecture- a collaborative approach

When beginning a project, there are many, many different components and elements to consider. If you are going to be developing a new home or commercial building, it will be both an exciting and possibly overwhelming time, as you deliberate all of those important pieces that must come together in creating the plans for your dream home. The most obvious route to take is to employ an architect.

Interior designer and architect collaborative approach

An architect can come through and present your vision in the form of plans- this is the big picture concepts for your project. An architect is licensed and carries the responsibility in making sure that the structure and design of your home is safe and optimised for the land, taking into consideration any environmental impacts and of course sustainability. When it comes to internal finishes, detailing and other important elements of design (hello dream kitchen) that is where an Interior Designer comes in.

Passionate about detail, I am able to work with clients on really bringing the elements together for their interior, to ensure that their investment looks and feels the way that they have been dreaming about.

Kitchen cabinetry, the use of wall and flooring finishes, bathroom specs, lighting, paint colour selections… The list rolls on- these choices can have huge impacts on the overall success and delivery of the project and at times clients are not entirely confident in making these decisions without the advice of an experienced and professional designer.

I believe that when an interior designer works with an Architect, it should be a collaborative approach. An experienced designer should be able to compliment the work of an architect, forming ideas around both the client’s and architect’s vision and requirements.

Whilst both teams are working together with the client on the project, I have the following tips on ensuring that this collaborative approach works effectively for all parties involved, but most importantly- for the sake of the client:

  1. Ensure that both the architect and interior designer offer mutual respect to one-another
  2. Both the designer and architect must be on the same page when it comes to the overall design aesthetic and style of the project.
  3. Boundaries and roles are clearly defined within the scope of works
  4. Be open to suggestions and constructive feedback
  5. Ensure that everyone feels comfortable openly communicating with one another
  6. Be open to new ideas and viewpoints that you may not normally consider or explore
  7. Ensure that the interior designer you have chosen to work with is able to deliver a variety of different styles and aesthetics to compliment your project.

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  • Interior Designers Christchurch
    Posted at 12:04h, 30 August Reply

    I think interior designers and architecture have a special relation and almost same nature of work.

    • Marylou
      Posted at 00:10h, 12 September Reply

      Thanks for your comment. I agree- we both have our place that is for sure, but it is great for the client when the interior designer & architect can work together. It produces the best results!

  • Nitu Gupta
    Posted at 08:40h, 27 December Reply

    I like your tips which related to the collaborative approach to interior design and architecture. I also appreciate your tips. Your tips are very helpful.. Thanks for sharing this post with us.

    • Marylou
      Posted at 23:21h, 08 January Reply

      Thank you for your comment. It is great to appreciate the relationship and in the end it makes for a much better result for the client 🙂

  • Aura Homes
    Posted at 10:59h, 24 May Reply

    Architects and interior designers help to create design spaces that solve problems like space planning, furnishing and material sourcing for homeowners. interior design and architecture design both related to each other. Both combinations of work produce a fantastic Result.

  • Ajeesh kumar
    Posted at 20:49h, 01 April Reply

    First of all, the painting in the first picture is awesome. That painting is giving an extra look to the interior and You shared very informative tips. Thanks for sharing.

  • Shardes Interiors
    Posted at 19:56h, 13 May Reply

    Thank you for sharing such a valuable information.

    • Marylou
      Posted at 09:59h, 14 May Reply

      My pleasure!

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