What is interior design?

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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    Monday, September 9, 2013 at 17:31

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

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      Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 22:30

      Thanks Cristina – glad to have you here!

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    Uzo O
    Friday, September 27, 2013 at 10:04

    i love the Office decor,really inspiring.

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      Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 22:36

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

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    Friday, October 18, 2013 at 21:56

    Interesting post, I always enjoy to gather inspiration for interior design, doesn’t matter for home office or anything else.


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      Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 22:45

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

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    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 17:02

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

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      Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 22:48

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

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    Beauty Follower
    Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 13:06

    Nice post!

    Have a lovely evening :)

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      Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 22:50

      Thanks – same to you!

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    Supal Desai
    Monday, October 28, 2013 at 13:46

    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


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      Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 22:51

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

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    Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 15:40

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      Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 22:56

      Thanks, Nikami.

      The link didn’t work, sorry!

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    Friday, November 1, 2013 at 19:39

    Hello :) veeery inspiring blog! so many good solutions for interior spaces :) of course, i’m following :)

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      Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 22:59

      Great to hear! Welcome back! :)

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    Studio F9911
    Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 22:33

    ¡Son una pasada! ¡nos encanta el hotel!



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      Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 23:01

      Si! Gracias! :)

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