Interior Design: Tools of the Trade

Interior Design: Tools of the Trade
  • Drawings, Documents, and Diagrams - These are the trappings of the designer. They are with them wherever they go, because these documents, blueprints and sketches help develop a client's idea from start to finish.
  • Fire codes, building codes, accessibility requirements, and other jurisdictional statutes governing buildings in the designer's area.
  • Samples - Interior designers often carry huge scrapbooks of ideas and concrete samples to try out in different spaces and to help clients envision the new space. These can be fabric swatches, paint samples, wood paneling, carpet pieces, wallpaper--anything imaginable. Designers often put their ideas up on a big cloth-covered board to plan it better.
  • Computers - Interior designers use computers to communicate with other designers and keep up on the latest trends; to communicate with clients and other members of the design team; to track business matters; and, most importantly, to help with their designs. Software programs, such as E-Z Decorator (, help designers conceptualize and execute their plans.
  • Artists' tools - Designers need the same paint brushes, sketch books, scissors, sponges, etc. that other artists do. Artistic ability is important in interior design, when executing a completely original idea may require, for example, cutting original stencils for painting a bathroom doorway's border.

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