Commercial Vs. Residential Interior Design

March 6, 2015 Interior Design 0 Comments

If you're weighing commercial vs. residential interior design projects, know that they each require a very different approach. If you plan on specializing in one of these two areas, it's important to be aware of the particular skill sets that you will need as an interior designer. From large-scale industrial projects to custom domestic interiors, there's a wide range of projects that you can work on in the field. Here are some award-winning examples of both residential and commercial interior design projects from around the world:

Commercial: The Terrace Restaurant at the London Zoo

A gold winner in the 2014 London Design Awards, the remodeling of the main visitor hospitality space at London Zoo, the Terrace Restaurant, is a great example of using interior design to increase capacity and create a whole new look. London-based interior design and architecture company SHH took on this project, which cost over $7 million and took three years to complete. The work resulted in a tripling of the capacity of the restaurant and also reduced energy consumption by 40 percent. One of the challenging aspects of the design was to preserve the architectural quality of the original 1915 building but also to cope with the large volumes of people coming through the door, often up to 10,000 people per day. The use of exposed brick, glass and industrial-style materials gives the space a raw, urban feel, and the silver-gray color enhances a modern look that will stand the test of time.

Residential: Tribeca Loft in Manhattan

Winner of the Australian Interior Design Awards in 2013 for residential decoration, this Tribeca loft in New York City was commended for its brave and sophisticated use of color, with a focus on the unusual combination of purple and yellow. The inspiration came from a color palette that was based on the Blue Mountains in Australia. The area was divided into three separate areas for dining, living and a library zone. The color scheme and approach is modern, but the furnishings soften up the look to give it a timeless character.

Commercial Vs. Residential Interior DesignResidential: Chet Callahan's Home in Los Angeles

Interior Design's ninth annual Best of Year Awards in 2014 awarded Chet Callahan and Ghislaine Viñas Interior Design the award for best residential interior for Callahan's Los Feliz residence in Los Angeles. The unusual and brave approach to this 2,600-square-foot house involves very strong color blocking and the use of fun stripes and accent features from the strongest blues to reds. While this look is not for everybody, it shows the playful appeal that interior design can have.

Whether you are making a decision on studying interior design, you have recently started your own interior design business or you are weighing up commercial vs. residential interior design, these inspirational commercial and residential interiors are world-class examples of the best of both worlds.

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