The interior design industry is growing at a fast pace, but it still needs to get its priorities right.
That means taking into account the different needs of different industries, said David K. Shih, the executive vice president and director of interior design at IKEA.
The first priority for interior designers is creating a cohesive look, which includes both the interior design of the home and its furniture.
“I think a lot of people forget how important it is to create a cohesive home,” he said.
“If you have a home that is not cohesive, it will be difficult to create that home, because you’ll lose touch with the environment.”
Shih said he was especially excited about the growing number of interior designers who specialize in creating bespoke homes and living spaces.
“They want to create what I call bespoke furniture, which is a home in its essence,” he added.
“It is not designed in a vacuum, but that’s not to say it’s not going to look like the furniture that you’re going to have in your home.”
Shuh said the best way to design an interior for your home is to start with a design that you are passionate about and that you know you will love.
“That’s the best place to start,” he advised.
To help you get started, Shih suggests looking at how other people have designed their homes and how those designs have influenced your own.
“For example, IKEP uses furniture to make their homes look beautiful,” he noted.
“We have a lot in common, we have a history of using furniture, we are both in the furniture business, and we both do bespoke designs.”
“You have to understand that the design you’re doing has a lot to do with what you are trying to achieve,” he continued.
“The goal is to make your home the best possible product and the most functional and beautiful.”
Shu, the IKEAP president, also said that the best designers are also the most creative.
“When we design a home, we try to be very creative with how we go about designing the interior,” he explained.
“Some of the best designs are based on what is not necessarily what we want in a home.”
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