The 3 fundamentals every interior designer should know

The core of Interior Design consists of creating inspiring spaces that make the best possible use of available space. It’s not just how it looks; it’s how it feels. Just like any of the programs we offer, understanding the true value of your Liberal Arts classes will help you become a good interior designer.

We sat down with Chair of Interior Design, Jessica Elliot, who shares her advice on what you should know to become a successful interior designer.

Why should Interior Design students know how to draw?
Interior Design students need to know how to draw as they need to be able to communicate their design ideas to the client and others that they are presenting to. Drawing, and sketching allow students to be able to get what is in their head out onto paper and creatively show their design solutions.

What is color theory and why is it important?
Color theory is both the science and art of using color.  Students need to understand color theory as a foundation for Interior Design. Color is all around us and can be used to modify and change spaces as well as sway thinking and cause reactions in both positive and negative ways.

Why is it important for Interior Design students to take Liberal Arts classes?
Students need to take Liberal Arts classes to have a well-rounded educational experience. The Art History classes specifically are important to Interior Design as we are often asked by clients to design in a specific time period such as Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau or Art Deco to name a few. Students and professionals will need to know what those are and how to design a space for their client using those specific design details.  

Note: Some of the questions in this interview have been edited for clarity and brevity.