Our World / What's the Difference Between Architecture and Interior Design?

July 30 2019

We spend about 90% of our time indoors, so it only makes sense that this time is spent in a space that offers us as much comfort as possible. A well-designed structure caters to our everyday requirements while warranting a space that can be enjoyed and appreciated. But a well-designed interior is essential to a structure's ambience too. This balance is achieved through two professions that often work in collaboration: architecture and interior design. We're sure you're familiar with the disciplines, but what's the difference between an architect and an interior designer?

People might think these are distinct professional titles, but with training and specialist interior education becoming more advanced, the distinction has become a little more blurred. Read on to discover what's what….

Design Process

Skilled architects and interior designers aren't just decorators — they're experts at designing a client's space according to their requirements, while solving any issues that arise in the process. That's why their work is based on both science and art: they're planning the space to be a secure and functional haven, but they're spending additional time and effort into enriching the overall scheme.

What's the difference then?

Ultimately, architects plan and design a space – both internally and externally – and create the physical divisions and relations in the building. This means an architect is responsible for the look, shape and function of a building so as to be safe and legally compliant. Proportion and scale are used extensively in architecture to create forms that are pleasing to the eye as well as functional too. Establishing a balance between scale and proportion is what separates great architecture from other types of buildings. The term architecture is used to describe physical structures, yet it also describes the technicalities of designing those buildings, as well as the method of construction. This means that architects tend to have a deep interaction with other technical professions during the planning and designing of a space, such as climate control or engineers.

In contrast, interior designers use this spatial platform that has already been developed to add aesthetic and functional value. They achieve their concept design by interpreting the initial detailed brief, examining the established architecture of the building and producing a narrative around which to construct the interior and/or exterior design. Interior design is therefore a discipline involving constant collaboration with engineers and architects to ensure the optimal outcome.

What do we offer?

Design Process

At Hill House Interiors we provide more than just interior design – we provide a professional and personalised comprehensive service. Our clients can expect a complete first-class service to match the most particular requests.

We lead a 25 strong team of highly experienced interior designers, architects and support staff. With every project, we begin by taking time to learn about our client and their design ambitions. We leverage our knowledge and experience to explore the creative, financial and practical feasibility of the site or concept, assessing its potential with the client to achieve the finest outcome. We often involve ourselves in the architectural realm from the start of a project, either with in-house architects or through process of creative collaboration. This is because we believe a strong architectural foundation – including flow, proportion and scale – helps achieve a more cohesive space that accentuates harmony and spatial flow. We always work with the client to develop initial plans and designs through a site visit or floor plans and photographs to understand the location and origin of the building or opportunity too.

Design Process

At Hill House we finalise all bespoke furniture, joinery and interior architecture drawings as well as final finishes, curated art and accessories. We can further manage the construction phase through to completion should the client require this. Our ability to communicate with clients and contractors alike during this crucial stage is unsurpassed. We ensure a seamless interface between the design team and all specialist consultants to ensure they have all the information necessary to put the project out to tender. This attentive approach means our clients have a single point of contact throughout their project and allows us to supervise and guarantee every last bespoke detail.

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