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Interior design: Introduction and definition

What does ‘interior design’ really mean? If you ask Joe Bloggs on the street he will probably answer: “Well, you know, ornaments, cushions, sofas, candles, that sort of thing.” But interior design is so much more! After 1½ years behind the scenes here at the blog I’ve come up with my own definition. I define interior design as follows:

Interior design: An art form where an interior design architect or other person taking on the role of interior designer uses different pieces of furniture, colour, ornaments and other objects to decorate and furnish a room in a dwelling or other inteior space.

The most common forms of interior design are home decor, office decor, shop interior design and hotel interiors, although other forms also exist.

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Home decor

When we use the word ‘decor’ in decor blogs, we generally mean home decor. Home decor has several sub-categories, including bathroom decor, kitchen decor, living room decor and so on.

The idea behind home decor is that you should decorate your own home according to your own tastes – preferably using inspiration from this blog ;)

Home staging companies (also called home stylists) decorate homes with fine but often neutral taste, so that the residence can achieve the highest possible sale price.


Office decor

Due to the fact that most office workers spend more than 1500 hours at the office every year, the office environment is extremely important. Desks and chairs must be ergonomically suited to each individual worker and the entire work space must be inspiring. Even meeting rooms can be optimized for increased ease of use and comfort.

The first impressions experienced by customers and clients at the workplace has a large impact on the overall image of a company. Investing in the right decor in a reception area can be the difference between deal or no deal.

With the right office decor, everyone feels better at work and productivity is increased.

Inspiration for the home office: Home office: Hot home offices


Shop interior design

Sales are affected to a huge extent by the inteior design of a shop. Therefore, the appearance of a shop must mirror the company vision, brands, status, and ideals. An electronics chain store will have completely different interior design needs compared to those of a store specializing in high fashion.

Stylists working with shop interior design generally work using the following plan: Brief and needs analysis, design of concept, purhase of furniture/ornaments and/or design of new prototypes, delivery and fitting.


Hotel interiors

Hotel inteiors must be well designed so that guests enjoy their stay. Entrance ways, reception, bedroom, bathroom, bar and other common areas – everything contrbutes to the overall impression for a hotel guest. Many different styles also exist of course, from classic to modern, budget, clean, minimalist and luxury. The design must match the wishes of potential guests as well as the location of the hotel, vision, and reputation etc.


This concludes my run-down of interior design. I hope that you’re inspired to check out all of the inspiring posts here at inredningsvis! Just click on one of the “Related Posts” below!


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  1. This is post is so useful and interesting, i really like your blog!

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    • Thanks, Nikami.

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  2. Saving you under my favourites! Can’t wait to dig in a little further to see what you have the next few days! And thank you for stopping by my blog! x

    • Do that, Supal – there’s lots more to see here!

    • Thanks – same to you!

  3. I was always in love with interior design, beautiful space makes me happy! Lovely photos! XO

    • You’re definitely at the right blog – see you again soon!

    • Then you’ve come to the right place – plenty more to come :)

  4. i love the Office decor,really inspiring.

    • Thanks Uzo – yeah, it’s amazing the difference an office space can make!

  5. Thanks for your comment and for following me!! I’m following you on bloglovin. I find your blog really inspiring!!! xoxo

    • Thanks Cristina – glad to have you here!

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Maria Ljungström

Maria Ljungström is the founder and writer at She is an expert in interior design and has worked as a home stylist with a solid background in interior decorating. Maria likes to offer tips on how to make your home beautiful and luxurious affordably. With Inredningsvis, she has participated in several well-known media outlets such as Expressen, DN, and has written for GP Bostad.

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