Interior Design Born out of Increasingly Complex Architecture

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Interior Design Born out of Increasingly Complex Architecture


Byline: Rosemary Sadez Friedmann Scripps Howard News Service

Ever wonder how the business of interior design got started? How about taking a little history lesson to find out?

In the past, home interiors were put together sort of instinctively as part of the building process. The idea of an interior designer came about as a consequence of society's complex architecture as people wanted and still want effective and attractive use of space.

They want to have a feeling of well-being and comfort in their home. Everyone wants to feel proud to invite family and guests to a well-appointed home. And functional design is another major job that the interior designer has come to look after and accomplish.

But did you know that interior designers aren't something that just popped up recently? In ancient India, architects used to work as interior designers. Architects today still do interior-design work, but the interior-design work has been taken over mostly by the interior-design community.

Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, interior decoration was the concern and duty of the homemaker. In well-to-do families, the upholsterer or the craftsman might have had an influence on the decoration of the home. It was during this time that architects would employ artisans to do the interior design for their building.

It was toward the end of the 19th century that interior design emerged as a profession on its own. Women began offering their design style for hire, and soon after, the service became professionalized. …

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