In order to start any design project we have to take into consideration the planning process that takes place before the selection of furnishing. For planning, each designer should put into consideration the function of the space, life styles of design, occupants, architectural characteristics, color preference, lighting, the materials used for both outside and inside designing and the most important parameter is budget. In order to start down a correct planning process, the designer has to put and define his questions.
One of the most important factors in designing is observing the historical development in architecture. Designers must think outside the frame or outside the borders as to break a rule you must know the rule. Learning and absorbing the history and the past elements of design helps to create instead of imitate.
One way of absorbing the history is to visit historic places and buildings as there is a direct link between the history of furniture and the history of civilization. Unfortunately, we don’t have enough and sufficient details about interior design in very far history because all what we have are exterior buildings such as civil buildings, churches and temples and normally all these places are showing elegancy and aristocracy.
There are some factors controlling the process of developing furniture styles such as political and economic changes, discoveries, technology changes and innovations, and designers’ eagerness to satisfy and meet the desires of each time. Each designer has to know the characteristics of each era because each era has its own characteristics and style
There are many styles of design such as Modern design which is characterized by sleekness and straight lines and the lack of decorations. Another style is Traditional style that is characterized by rich wood combinations, more wood decorations and elegancy.
In addition, Country style that is a simple design with distressed wood and it doesn’t have fancy decorations. We also have Southwest style that is unfinished wood log type. It is an important step to study well about all styles of decorations before starting any design project.