We all know and love interior design, but it’s such a huge subject, there’s probably a few things even the most dedicated interior design fan isn’t aware of! Below are 20 fun facts that all interior design aficionados should know— which of these are you hearing for the first time?
#1 - Good interior design examines every aspect of a room, from huge aspects such as the overall architecture to more niche design areas such as wallcoverings and soft furnishings.
#2 - Elsie de Wolfe (1865 - 1950), an American actress, is widely considered to have invented interior designing as a profession.
#3 - Leonardo Da Vinci took notes on what we now call “colour theory”, a key aspect of interior design!
#4 - Interior design is older than you think— after all, cave drawings in the prehistoric age could be considered interior design!
#5 - Minimalist interior design has been the core concept of the 21st century thus far.
#6 - The oldest surviving carpet in the world is over 2,500 years old.
#7 - Professional junior interior designers can expect to earn between £18,000 and £23,000 per year.
#8 - Professional senior interior designs will usually earn over £45,000 per year.
#9 - Interior design is a degree subject, and can even be studied at doctorate level
#10 - In the 1970s, avocado bathroom suites were considered the height of excellent interior design!
#11 - Some interior design components never go out of style. For example, a large amount of natural light is always considered to be an asset.
#12 - Interior design varies hugely between countries. What is considered the height of style in France may be incredibly passé in Germany!
#13 - With that said, there is one form of interior design every country seems to be able to agree on: Scandinavian style! This style has been very popular over the past five years; a trend that shows no sign of abating.
#14 - Good interior design involves elements of psychology. For example, trying to “trick” the eye into thinking a room is larger than it actually is.
#15 - There are over 100 interior design magazines available to UK readers
#16 - Kelly Hoppen, one of the UK’s best-known interior designers, has over 140,000 followers on Twitter
#17 - Interior design is an incredibly popular choice of subject for TV shows. This trend began back in the 90s, when Changing Rooms pioneered the demographic!
#18 - There are over 30 categories in the prestigious interior design awards The Frame Design Awards. These include Best Use Of Light and Best Use of Digital Technology.
#19 - There are specific pieces of software that can make interior design simpler than ever, including Space Designer and My Deco 3D Room Planner.
#20 - Interior design in the Victorian age was a hazardous business. Paint used to contain poisonous elements such as lead and arsenic!
We hope you learned something new from reading through the above!