Last year I started a Diploma in Interior Design at KLC School of Design, London. It’s an Open Learning course which means I can work at my own pace, in my own time. I’ve been trying to do 15-20 hours a week (around work) which hasn’t been easy but I got there in the end.
As you can imagine, it’s a huge weight off my shoulders to finally submit the first module…Here’s a little glimpse at what I’ve submitted for the first project:
1. The Design Process & Client Questionnaire
This section was all about familiarising yourself with the design process and taking a client brief.
During the initial meeting with a client, it’s important to listen carefully to your customers’ needs and take thorough notes about the scope of the project and the site (logistic) details before proposing any creative ideas. It was important to note down and take into consideration the client’s lifestyle, needs for the space/s in question, their taste – likes and dislikes along with potential future needs.
2. Personal Style Board and Personal Reflective Journal
In this project we were asked to keep a personal style journal to record images, thoughts and ideas. The images didn’t need to be interior related, but diverse covering – architecture, fashion, art, advertising, patterns and textiles – anything we found interesting or were drawn to in some way. The hard part was annotating the images as to why we chose them and try to find repeating motifs and themes.
We were asked to create an edited presentation of our ‘personal style’ that defines us in terms of colour, texture from the images we found. It’s actually a lot harder than it sounds – the idea is that at the end of the process you can be confident in your own personal style and taste.
The process definitely helped me to establish links between images. Without going into too much detail, I discovered that I have an eclectic, modern and rustic style. I’m drawn to images that mix styles, textures and furniture in a brilliant, mish-mash way. I adore textures that have been weathered and worn e.g. stripped back and honest materials – bare brick walls, old leather sofas, raw plastered walls etc. But for me, this rustic look is at its best when combined with modern and contemporary accessories… The sleek and modern juxtaposed with the rustic and traditional can enhance each other… I’ve discovered that for me the imperfect can be perfect.
3. Technical Drawings: A Final Furniture Plan and 4 Elevations
This section introduced us to technical drawing equipment, understanding scale, surveying, how to create technical drawing plans and elevations. This project was the most rewarding exercise for me because I never thought I’d be able to get my ‘head around’ understanding scale – let alone create technical drawings and elevations in any detail! Initially I really struggled – I felt like I needed to remember everything at once; Technical drawing conventions, line weights, when to round measurements up, when not to… different scales for different purposes… information to be included on plans (interior symbols and graphics).. the list goes on. (I must’ve read the documents 20 times before attempting the tasks. But once I got over the fear of getting it wrong, I was pleased with what I’d produced.)
I didn’t make my life any easier by not having all the correct equipment at the beginning of the course – pens, compasses and a drawing board. Nightmare! especially, when you feel ‘you’re on a roll’ and can’t finish it because you haven’t got the right materials…
But once I got the ‘hang of it’ I started surveying rooms in my home and I created plans and elevations to scale. I did pencil drawings of furniture just to practice and inked the final layouts on tracing paper:
The second part of the project was to create 3 potential furniture layouts in response to a brief. You had to consider the pros and cons of each and produce a final, inked plan. It’s amazing how how different and creative it can be to consider layouts from a technical, birds eye view.
4. Colour Theory Reference Document
This project was pretty straight forward and was mostly reading and research on colour theory..we looked at how colour can play a role in how we feel about the environment / space around us and how colour theory can be applied to interior design.
We learned about the foundations of colour theory – what are primary, secondary and tertiary colours? How to use colours to create visual illusion etc.
We were then asked to put together a presentation to highlight what we’ve learned along with visual examples from room schemes and some supporting text. Here’s a preview of some of the slides from my presentation:
Unfortunately I’ve just realised that I forgot to include a contents page and bibliography… Oh dear, I hope it doesn’t affect my mark too much! I’ll get my first set of results back soon and should be able to share some insight. Wish me luck!
You may also be interested in:
The Colour Wheel and Its Use in Interior Design How you can use colour to create visual effects? What effect does texture have on light and colour? Modern Rustic: Celebrating the Perfectly Imperfect