There are a number of popular myths about interior design – and, given that they’re myths, they’re either entirely or mostly false. A few of those are examined in more detail below.
Interior design is just about ‘Decorating’
Nope. Setting up a space is key to making that space useful. The related field of interior architecture delves even more into making a space useful in terms of layout, but interior design is about providing function, comfort, and feeling that will promote the usefulness of the space.
You don’t need an education to be an interior designer
Absolutely untrue. While there are some people that simply do have a knack for interior design, that knack only takes you so far. You wouldn’t hire someone with a “knack for architecture” to design your house – it requires either a great deal of training or a great deal of experience – ideally, both!
Interior designers won’t work with anything that’s already in place
This one is slowly shifting – shows like HGTV’s Fixer Upper showcase this in particular – but often interior designers will work with existing features of a home or office to help build the functionality and mood they’re aimed at while maintaining a symbolic and historical connection to the company or space they’re working with. Some of the most special jobs are those where something (whether that’s the shape of the space, a feature that can’t be removed, etc.) get in the way!
Interior design doesn’t take much time or effort
This is a myth that’s untrue, and anyone who thinks it through logically will know exactly why. Any job can be described in terms that make it sound simple. A teacher is “just someone who talks with kids.” A CEO is “just someone who bosses people around.” A QA controller is “just someone who fills out paperwork.” All of these are false, and for the same reason – if you boil down any job to the things that people do rather than understanding how and why they choose to do the specific things they do, you can make it sound easy. And interior design is anything but easy, as a field where the available products, trends, and approaches are constantly changing, it’s an exiting time to be an interior designer!