Using Commercial Interior Designer to Transform Your Business Interior

Success in business often depends on how well you treat your customers in your office. Your employees also generally spend most of their working hours within the four walls of your office. So it is important to keep the working environment aesthetically pleasing and comfortable not only for the visiting customers, but also functional and conducive to effective performance for the employees. That’s where the commercial interior design comes in.

The commercial interior designer decorates the interior of commercial buildings or businesses, be it corporate offices, showrooms or business establishments – large or small. With a variety of visual tools such as specialized interior planning and design software, the work of a professional designer in space planning and communication to their clients is made easier. An experienced designer will know to enhance the look of the office from the reception area to the conference room and other areas in conventional as well as contemporary styles.

Based on the ideas of the clients, the designer can create a feel for the room by selecting wall paintings in appropriate color scheme, fabric, furniture, fittings, lighting, flooring, artwork and other accessories and also find the solutions to transform the interior working environment within the existing architecture.

Individuals who have a flair for design and decoration can become Certified Interior Designers by undergoing a professional course in commercial interior design – be it diploma, graduation or post graduation degree program. In United States, registration is mandatory to practice in this design discipline design in most states. Qualified designers who meet government certification requirements – passing score on NCIDQ (National Council for I.D. Qualifications) examination – are eligible to acquire a licensure from the a professional body called ASID.

The interior design professional who practices in the commercial sector needs to possess some in-built and some acquired skills – the ability to conceive a balance between the client’s needs and the ideas he suggests, excellent design sense to prepare drawings, coordination skills, keen observation skill for detail and color, communication skills, management skills and the necessary skills to work together with contractors and architects.

With the help of commercial interior designer you can transform your business premises benefiting your clients, workforce and ultimately your business.

Interior Design Ideas for the Home and Office

When you bought a house or leased an office space, the next thing you will think of is designing the space to something you love or suit your style and purpose. It will be a problem if you just do it on your own unless you are a professional interior designer. Apparently, if you need one, there are experts in interior design who can help you achieve the design you want for your haven or office. However, if you are on a limited budget, then you will need these interior design ideas that will help you to jumpstart the job and have a guide to follow.

You can have a fabulous home or office with some inexpensive interior design ideas below:

Home Interior Design

Make it Cosy. Everyone wants to come to a relaxing home after a long day outside. To do this, bring lots of subtle colours and soft lines to help bring a sense of warmth and comfort to any space.

Go Trendy. A trendy style can bring life into your home. Brickwork and beams are good materials to add a trendy look. This style will also bring a sense of maturity as well as a mixture of vintage and modern look that never goes out of style.

Would you like it bohemian? Bohemian are for explorers who prefer to be unique. If you are like this, bright colours and vibrant patterns should be your priorities. For a more daring or messy yet beautiful look, try adding eastern flavour to the theme.

Bring in the natural light. You can incorporate windows and glass doors to give the light a chance to enter your home. It’s actually up to you as long you find a way to get light into the right areas of the house. Also, choose the right blinds as this will also compliment the light.

Add nature in your home. They say there are psychological benefits of adding outdoor or nature vibe in your home. Some pots and plants will make it relaxing to stay indoors.

Include arts within your home. Any artwork can add depth to the look of the interior. The art pieces you choose to display can have direct feel of the space. It’s good to get some outdoor-inspired artwork or family portraits in the great outdoors to bring natural look to your home.

Office Interior Design

Usually, businesses hire interior designers to work on the design of the office space. But some small business prefer to do it on their own since they usually have a smaller space. Business owners should keep in mind that offices are not just about workstation but area for collaboration. There’s always an affordable commercial office interior design service that can assist them but if they prefer to it themselves, here are some tips:

To avoid eating spaces for electrical outlets on walls and on floors, you can try the latest modular power grid that is suspended from a ceiling and offers drop-down lighting and outlets.

Furniture choices should be carefully assessed. In a small office, it’s not about quantity but quality yet stylish pieces which can help elevate a look.

Instead of creating workstations for computer and its components, you can opt for laptops instead so you would just need a durable table to serve as workstations for the rest of the team.

Interior design is a hard task and the experts here studied for years to provide services. You can always find the best interior design company that suit your purpose and budget. But if you want to style your own space and experience the work itself, then the interior design ideas mention above can be your guide.

Working From Home – How to Become an Interior Designer

In the past 1-1/2 years I have been doing workshops for the interior design industry. I know this has been a really tough year for most of us. I also noticed that when times are tough and we are all looking for the magic answer, it also makes us vulnerable to, as the song goes, looking in all the wrong places. There’s some great information out there, but there is also what I call “Smoke and Mirrors”. I would advise you to be very careful who you look to for advise. Don’t fall for the wolf in sheep’s clothing. Everyone is calling themselves an expert now….

But what I thought was to let you know that I also practice what I preach….oh yeah, with tangible results.

I am not doing this as self-promotion, but to show you that you can do this too!

My business, was not immune to the downturn of the economy. I very suddenly lost two major clients in 2008. I had to really work hard (AND SMART) to build my business back and make up for those two clients. As I am writing this, I have almost reached AND surpassed those goals. How did I do it, you ask?

I am sorry to say this, but it’s what I preach to all of my clients, in my workshops and what I will tell you now.

(1) I have a very specific target market. I NEVER, EVER call myself a consultant. It says nothing about my value to someone. Someone I took business classes with when I first started my business asked me what I do. I replied, “I am a consultant”. She answered in a very sharp tone, “You and every other out of work person”. Boy did that give me a wake up call.

(Q).So when someone asks what you do, how do you reply? I am an interior designer? I sell high-end products? I do residential design? I do commercial design? I do window treatments? I will say the same as my teacher said to me…you and thousands of others! Do you want to put yourself in a pool of others vying for the same work? FIND YOUR TARGET MARKET AND YOUR VALUE TO THEM! Solve their problems! Design is not solving problems that’s a given. If value is a mystery, people will not buy. People are now looking for value. You need to connect those dots for people with a very clear marketing message.

Think of it as throwing away what everyone else offers and pulling on your own strengths. Pull your company away from every other designer.

(2) I spend over 50% of my time on marketing. YES 50% of my time! Most successful people spend AT LEAST that much time on marketing. Others spend much less and the results are indicative of that. Unreliable income, unrealized dreams of having a thriving business and worse yet, businesses closing.

But the key was that I put myself into target rich environments. AND I provided the VALUE of working with me. I networked in person, online and built my value and brand. I did not waste time, energy and money (our precious resources) going to events or doing online Social Media to people who I knew would NOT be interested in the value I have to offer with my services. I thought very strategically about where I was going and who I wanted to meet. That was my goal for 2009 and I worked hard at it!

(Q). So how much time have you worked on marketing in a target rich environment? Have you yet to define your target market? And have you crafted your “elevator speech”? Mine is “I work with the interior design industry on strategic business planning so that they can reach their ultimate business goals”. That’s how I introduce myself to anyone I meet on or offline.

(3) Pro-active follow up. I have not been out of contact with my “sales funnel” for more than 4 weeks. It’s a call, a blog post, a Facebook entry, a newsletter, an in person visit, a workshop, a networking event. It’s ALL pro-active. I really don’t have that Kevin Costner attitude of “Build it and they will come” or ” I have been doing this for 30 years and have an incredible track record of successes…don’t they know that”? You can NEVER, EVER rely on passive marketing such as referrals, brochures, postcards, etc.

Don’t forget the cardinal rule of marketing. You need to get in front of a potential client 7 to 13 times before they will take action. I know this may sound crazy, but I even keep on ticker on some of my potential clients to see if that is true. You know what? It is!

Follow up is crucial..but make sure when you do PLEASE do not just say I am following up. Make the call, email whatever your mode meaningful to your potential client. An example is: I just designed an amazing storage solution for another client and I know that’s of particular interest to you..wanted to talk to you about it and how we can make that same kind of idea work for you.

So, you ask, all that is well and good on paper…”Show me the money!”

I have two new clients I got from Social Media and a third I am in talks with a third one right now.

I have given my in person, 5 part workshop in two design centers and I am scheduled to give it at THREE others this year.

I have SIX major proposals out there just waiting for approval.

In a few months I am slated to have an income that would supersede my best year!

Business is getting better, the economy IS changing for the better, you can position yourself right now!

And what’s really amazing about this is not about me, it’s that YOU can do this too!

Interior Design Tips – When to Hire a Professional Designer

Interior designers are hired for many reasons. The main reason is that the client simply does not have the know how or expertise to put the room together well by themselves. They have tried and things are just not turning out as beautifully as they had hoped and envisioned it would look. The money spent does not seem to be making the impact they had hoped to make for that much of an expenditure.

Time is another reason interior designers are hired. Busy people simply do not have the time or resources to find all the design selections they are needing. They know that since they are not used to finding these products it will take them 10 times as long as a designer who is researching products and qualities daily. They cannot tell the quality of the products and trust their designers to discern quality for them. Most designers have seen the quality of the merchandise at markets and know the quality of the individual companies. One source shopping saves them time and money.

Design Education – Clients say, “My husband says I should be able to do this because I am a woman.” That is not necessarily so. So, husbands finally let their wives get help because they can see that she simply does not have the know how to put together a professionally designed interior. It is no reflection of her womanliness. Perhaps her expertise is in other areas.

Another factor is that ideas have run out and an interior designer can offer fresh ideas that are sometimes out of the box of what the client is thinking. Interior designers are trained to think artistically and most times have many many more ideas than the client. They know how things work together, how they will look when finished and are considering the client ideas, likes and dislikes.

Unfortunately, mistakes can cause people to hire interior designers. With wasted money, time and energy finally an interior designer is hired. An interior designer is used to working all elements together and is far less likely to make mistakes than an untrained person.

Furniture Layout is another reason people hire interior designers. It is common to have rooms that are difficult to lay out the furniture. This is called space planning and a designer usually does this daily and can be a tremendous help in this area.

Where do I find unusual items like interior designers use? Where do I find the quality? The answer is that these items are not usually found in your local store. Many of the items designers use are picked up in their travels or bought from custom manufacturers that only sell to the trade. This way items can be ordered in exact finishes, fabrics and detailing that the client and designer want. The client does not have access to the resources that the designer has. Even if they did, most clients still do not know how to put the look together.

With an interior designer the client gets one design. It is all so very confusing with friends and family telling you what they like and how to do it. What they like is usually not what you like anyway. An interior designer can give you one final design that is suited to you. It should be a divine reflection of you, your family and your interests. It is refreshing to hire a designer, tell them all your ideas, likes and dislikes and let them put together that perfect look suited to you. Makes your life a little easier and the results speak for themselves!