The Art and Science of Interior Design

Trayendo la naturaleza dentro de su hogar con una pared viviente.

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By Alexandra Troetsch de Orillac
Interior Designer

First things first. Let’s define what Interior Design is. It is the process of shaping the experience of the interior space and surroundings of a residential or commercial space through the manipulation of spatial volume, as well as surface treatment for the betterment of human functionality and a more aesthetical environment for the end user.

In order to achieve successful results for a client, the interior designer must plan, research, coordinate, and manage the details of a project. Interior design is, in fact, a multifaceted profession which includes conceptual development, space planning, site inspections, programming, and research, communicating with the stakeholders in a project, construction management, and execution of the design.

To achieve successful results the designer must analyze the space and the end user as a whole and understand the functionality, needs and taste of the end user or client and of the space.

It is important to understand lighting design, natural and artificial lighting of the project, furniture trends, sizes and functionality, colors, window and wall treatments, architectural elements, decor objects and art as a whole in order to complete the space.

The design of this bar/restaurant in Panama City combines modern with tropical styles.

The design of this bar/restaurant in Panama City combines modern with tropical styles.

Once the major players are defined then the designer moves to a color palette, style or influence to develop the project. A painting, a fabric, an art piece or a wall paper can sparkle the inspiration to create the space. Styles range from classical to minimalist, contemporary or mid-century modernist, shabby chic, tropical luxurious, eclectic or industrial. Each style has a flavor of its own and the designer develops the creativity to introduce the style, or mix of styles, into the project’s concept.

Interior design trends are important when designing but more important are the client’s taste, the contexts and the surroundings, as well as the needs of the space, in order to achieve a successful design.

In my personal experience, introducing elements of the place you live, nature, colors and personal elements give my clients a more unique space and design than just copying a trendy style. Every space plays a significant role to create the different vibes that attract my diverse clientele.

Whether you live in the city, the mountain or the beach I love to bring the context within the space. For example, Panama is full of lush vegetation and vibrant colors, and even though it is a modern cosmopolitan city, it also has that tropical flavor that I like to introduce in splashes within my projects but I enjoy combining our tropical environment with the different styles and tastes that each client has.


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