Leigh Romanello is an interior designer, AutoCAD lecturer, and tutor at The Interior Design Institute.
Interior design is a skill and an art that will only enhance the space and the quality of life in the space. Louis Henry Sullivan is famous for coining the phrase “form follows function” and this is true. If a design isn’t functional, as beautiful as it may be, it is worthless. My goal as a designer has always been to give my client a professional assessment of the situation, that will lead to a solid plan of action. This is what I consider to be my skill. The order of things in a design plan is key in determining what can be re-purposed or should be edited. This will not only effect the budget but help me and the client to spend it more efficiently. As a designer I try to offer an extra set of eyes, because my eyes are trained to see and notice things that the client may not see. One of my jobs is to keep the client on budget and save them time and effort. I know where to go for resources for everything related to the project and will save endless amounts of time researching products, brands and prices. I can build a stronger bridge between the client and the architect or contractor early on and can head off design misses in the overall plan. This is crucial in managing time and money. But it is also my job to make it beautiful and artful. I endeavor to follow the path of some great artists before me for my clients!