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The Art of Interior Design


To the layman, an Interior Designer and Interior Decorator appear to be synonymous. But while both focus on the interior spaces of their projects, there is a considerable difference between the two professions.

According to the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ), the core definition of an Interior Designer is…

Interior design encompasses the analysis, planning, design, documentation, and management of interior non-structural/non-seismic construction and alteration projects in compliance with applicable building design and
construction, fire, life-safety, and energy codes, standards, regulations, and guidelines for the purpose of obtaining a building permit, as allowed by law.

As you see, the accountabilities of an interior designer go well beyond selecting colours, textures and patterns.
Although they will use the same criteria, an interior designer will have a further concern on the appropriateness of
type, usage, sound transference, acoustic properties, flammability, and longevity of a particular product or design.

Essentially, Interior Design is a multifaceted profession that strives to improve interior spaces to accommodate the needs and lifestyles of those who consume those spaces. It also takes into consideration the environment and sustainability of the design, while overseeing conceptual development, space planning and site inspections. They must also be fully up-to-date with the latest design trends, products, government regulations and building

During the initial consultation with an Interior Designer, the scope of the project will be assessed along with the timelines and budget. They will then create a schematic design plan using computer-aided design software (CAD) or hand sketches. Once a preliminary design is agreed upon, the designer will estimate the costs, draw out the furniture, fixtures and equipment (FF&E) and create a more precise project timeline.

The full scope of services which may be provided by an Interior Designer include:

  • Project Management
  • Project Goals
  • Data Collection
  • Evaluating Existing Conditions
  • Conceptualization and Design Detailing
  • Selections and Materiality
  • Documentation
  • Coordination, Bid and Tendering
  • Contract Administration

Regardless of your project’s scope or scale, acquiring the services of an Interior Designer will provide you efficient solutions for a better use of the space in question.

One of Bermuda’s oldest firms is OBMI. The office is home to awarding winning Interior Designers with extensive experience and diversified portfolios. To learn more about OBMI and view featured projects, visit

Originally published by: Bermuda Real Estate Handbook