Interiology is Committed to Providing Esthetics, Functionality and Safety For Our Clients!
With our process, beginning with a thorough interview, we are able to insure that the design elements completely reflects YOU! With this type of collaborative teamwork, you can rest assure that your home will not just be a designers personal preferences. Our goal is for you to be happy with YOUR home!
Steps to Working With an Interior Designer
Step 1: This is where we begin to get to know one another. Before we begin any design, depending on the depth and details of the project, our clients are interviewed (in their home), as to their:
- Age of tenants - Amount of cleaning preferences - Budget - Dreams - Entertaining - Goals - Household pets considerations, etc...
*At this visit, we require, that a consultation fee of $150 is paid. We usually spend, in addition to the first meeting, 4-10 hours researching and selecting what we are going to present to you at the second visit. If you decide to work with us that amount will be applied to the total fee. It is important for us to know your financial investment plan, for this project, so that we will select appropriate samples that will not exceed this amount. If you need help with establishing a realistic amount, we can also help with this.
Step 2: This is the really fun part! We come back for a 2nd meeting to show you what our design ideas & samples are, based on the interview. There will be more than 1 design idea presented. Depending on your specific project, we bring the appropriate samples. These may include, but are not limited to, samples of:
- Paint Colors - Tile - Wall Treatments
- Fabrics - Granite / Marble - Pictures
- Flooring - Cabinet Door - Illustrative Drawings
During this meeting we will note all of your input as to your likes and dislikes of the samples. We will also discuss our design fee to complete your project, and will go forward from their. We are confident that you will see the benefits of working with experienced design professionals, and look forward to helping you achieve your goals.
Step 3: You can relax now...we begin to work on your project until it is completed.
Our Fee is based on your specific project and what is needed for it's completion. We feel that our fees are very reasonable and fair. We do understand that financial times might not be the best right now, and we don't want finances to come between you and your dream home. For certain services, we can charge by the hour. We do not feel that this is usually what's appropriate or best. We like to set up a relaxed relationship where we can meet & discuss your project without any financial stressors. There will no hidden financial surprises.
What Interiology can provide for you:
1.Professional Quality Drafting - Professional Plans, Elevations, and Sections, which include: Codes for Plumbing, Electrical, and ADA compliances, etc…
- Floor Plan - Reflected Ceiling and Lighting - Furniture Placement and Specification - Electrical and Plumbing - Finishes on all Surfaces - Elevations of Custom Areas - Any (color or b/w) perspective drawings, that the client needs illustrated, to better understand and visualize, the design choices in the areas specified.
2.Estimating, Costing and Budgeting: Estimating and specifying materials related to finishing and furnishings of interior spaces, including window treatments, wall treatments, upholstery, and architectural surfaces. These can include, but are not limited to:
- All Flooring: carpet, rugs, engineered hardwood, hardwood, laminate, tile, marble, stone, linoleum, vinyl, baseboard, underlayment, etc… - All Wall Treatments: paint, wallpaper, tile, ceramics, stone, marble, granite, fabric, leather, panels, etc… - All Window Treatments: drapery, valences, blinds, shades, shutters, cording, trim, fringe, etc… - All Fabric- reupholstering, window treatments, furniture, wall treatments, bedding, pillows, etc… - All Lighting: all lamps, wall sconces, pendants, chandeliers, flush and semi flush mountings, ceiling fans/lights, recessed, track, bathroom, plug in, under cabinet, and picture…
**FYI -2005 CaliforniaLighting Energy Efficiency Standards of Kitchen Lighting:“At least 50% of installed wattage must be High Efficacy.”
High Efficacy means high efficiency and less energy it takes to illuminate. High Efficacy lighting includes: Standard Fluorescent bulbs (long thin tubes), Compact Fluorescent bulbs, LED, and Halogen.
Low Efficacy is usually any incandescent bulb, which uses more of energy.
3. Quality and Appropriate Use of Finishes, Materials and Accessories:
- Fabric- appropriate weights, types, cleaning codes, and durability for different applications... - Flooring- warranty, cleaning codes, durability, different finish types, materials, and installation… - Lighting- task oriented watts required, finishes, ambiance to create, and durability… - Furnishings- fabric, wood, acrylic, and iron durability, warranty, type of finish, cleaning codes…
Design Principals That We Use: When you walk into a well designed room, you can sense how everything feels cohesive and put together. It feels just right. There's a reason why it feels that way. Interiology designs apply these to all of their designs.
Balance: In design, balance creates a feeling of equilibrium. It is all about equalizing or approximating the visual weight of objects. Balance is created not just through shape, but through color, pattern, and texture as well.
There are three different kinds of balance: 1. Symmetrical or formal 2. Asymmetrical or Informal 3. Radial balance
Rhythm As in music, rhythm in design is all about creating patterns of repetition and contrast to create visual interest. Its purpose is to move your eye around the room.
Harmony Harmony is created when all the elements act together to create a unified message. Just as rhythm can create excitement, harmony creates a sense of restfulness. For instance, you can create harmony by using just one color, even though your forms vary greatly in shape, size and texture.
Emphasis A room where everything gets equal importance will seem either scattered or boring. You need an anchor. Architectural spaces often have points of interest such as a fireplace or a window with a beautiful view.
Proportion and Scale Proportion is the ratio between the size of one part to another, and scale is how the size of one object relates to another or to the space in which it is placed. This proportion is present in nature, and artists and architects have used it as well.
Interior Designer vs Decorator...what's the difference?
Although the terms interior decorating and interior design are sometimes used interchangeably, each discipline exhibits a distinct difference in its scope. We are Designers. The position is a combination of engineer and artist, and it takes a unique type of mind to handle both of those concepts well. This broader range of required knowledge distinguishes them from interior decorators.
Interior designers have to be good with more than color, fabric, and furniture; interior designers must know materials, have budgeting skills, communicate well, and oversee the ordering, installation, and maintenance of all objects that define a space. They also have to know about electrical capacity, safety, and construction. Safety includes specifying furniture, fabrics and carpeting that meet or exceed fire codes and space planning that provides proper means of egress.
Interior decorating is generally focused on the selection and presentation of interior items within a space, such as furniture and accessories.
We look forward to hearing from you. Please contact us with any questions or comments.