Interior Design Course Part 1: Design Analysis

Welcome to the Walls and Floors interior design course! Over the course of 6 parts, I’m going to teach you some interior design essentials! From planning out your decorating project and knowing exactly what you want to achieve from it, through to choosing the correct colours, building a scheme, sourcing the products, and finally adding some stylish, homely finishing touches!

Interior Design Course

Walls and Floors have declared April 2016 as DIY month – the perfect time to complete some decorating projects around the house. It kicks off with the Easter holidays, which the interior design course leads up to, so you’ll be very well prepared.

Each week, there will be a little task for you to complete, to help piece together your completed interior design scheme. I’ll show you examples of different interior design projects each step of the way, to help illustrate what you need to be doing!

So get ready to unlock those dream kitchens, bathrooms, living rooms, bedrooms and hallways! Without further ado, let’s get started…

Week One: The Design Analysis

The first step in any interior design project is to fill out a quick brief / analysis, to make sure you consider all the factors, before you make a start. This will help you create a room that fits your needs and lifestyle exactly, and fulfils any functions the room may have.

You need to look at the people who will use the room you’re transforming – do they have any special needs? i.e. If you have children, does there need to be something to keep them entertained?

You need to look at the function of the room you’re working on. i.e. Does your living room double up as a dining room? Do you need a dining table in there, or do you need to invest in some fold away lap tray tables?

What possessions will you be keeping, if any? You’ll have to incorporate them into your scheme, and potentially replace items you’re not keeping. i.e. Are you keeping your dining table? If not, do you need to budget for buying a new one?

Victorian kitchen interior design

I’ve put together a design analysis to fill out. It will help you to get a better understanding of what needs to be done, ready for Week 2’s task, which is all about finding your style. This leads us nicely to this week’s task…

This Week’s Task: Complete Your Design Analysis

Hopefully by now, you’ve started to understand the importance of filling out a design brief. It’s the foundation onto which you build your interior design scheme.

Your task for week one is to fill out this Design Analysis. Either print it out, or write the questions and answers out on paper.

Writing design analysis

This will give you a clear overlook of what you’re trying to achieve, ready for the rest of the Interior Design Course. Once you have collated all the relevant information, you should be able to formulate priorities and compromise between needs and desires. Remember – it’s probably not possible to achieve everything in the original desired outcome due to constraints, especially on a budget, however the rest of the course will teach you to overcome and replace any short comings with innovative improvements.

Click here for an example of a completed Design Analysis.

Head to Part Two of the Interior Design Course…

Once you’ve got your design brief sorted, and you have a clearer picture of what you want to achieve as a result of your decorating project, it’s time to find your style! Head over to the Interior Design Course Week Two: Finding Your Style.

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Example of a completed Design Analysis

What is the desired outcome?

I want to add some character and personality in my living room (the walls are bland and there’s no scheme). I want it to feel more homely and welcoming at the end of a hard day at work.

Who will be using the space? Do they have any special requirements?

Me, my girlfriend, and any guests we have over.

What activities will take place in the chosen room/space?

My living room also has to double up as a dining area – so as well as relaxing, unwinding and entertaining in the living room, we also eat in there, so the room needs to cater for that as well.

What is the lifestyle of the people using the space?

My girlfriend and I both work all day Monday-Friday, so when we get in, we’re both exhausted, and like to relax. So it’s important the space feels cosy, and comfortable.

What existing possessions will need to be kept, if any?

Actually, most of what’s in the room will need to be kept, due to a tight budget. The TV and TV stand, the dining table, the coffee table, the cabinets, and the sofas.

What budget has been set?

The budget is £500.

What is the timescale for the project?

The timescale is two months. I want the project to be complete in time for my birthday, when I’m having a party.

Once you have the answer to the above you need to consider how realistic the desired outcome is, the easiest way to achieve this is by answering 2 simple questions in detail…

What exists?

There’s a square storage cupboard that protrudes into the corner of the living room, with a door on it. In the corner opposite it, there’s a dining table which all the chairs slot into. There’s two sofas, forming an L – one sitting against the wall, one cutting into the centre of the room. A coffee table sits in the centre of the L formed by the sofas. The sofa against the wall has an ottoman on either side of it; providing a place to put plates and drinks, without having to reach forward to where the coffee table sits. Behind one of the ottomans is a tall floor lamp. There’s a TV stand holding a 3D TV on the wall opposite the sofa. On either side of the TV, two pigeonhole-styled boxed cabinets stand; nearly reaching the ceiling. In the separate compartments are candles, DVDs, books, etc. At the head of the room, French doors look out into the garden. The sun is on the back of the house from midday onwards, every day, so lots of natural light comes in.

What is possible?

Adding accessories, swapping pieces of furniture, and dressing the walls to build more of an altogether scheme. There are no building restraints.

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