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Materials and finishes to design interiors

Design focuses on creating emotional connections between people, objects, and their environment

Some designers look at a blank canvas and are filled with inspiration. Their brains immediately start populating with tons of creative ideas and they start gathering materials, swatches, design trends, and different colors to help bring their ideas to life.

However, it's also natural (especially when just starting out) to be somewhat intimidated by all the possible options for new materials and finishes in interior design projects.



On this occasion, we will review different aspects of the selection of materials for interior design, including some of the most commonly used materials today.

Why is it so important to make a selection of materials before designing the spaces?

All good interior design processes start with answering questions about layout, flow, focal points, styles, and other conceptual elements. However, as the project progresses, designers must eventually begin to make recommendations for very specific interior details and materials.



Often called “finishes,” these materials are items that will be used to accentuate the design, cover structural components, and add any outstanding functionality that is still needed.

Decisions about materials and finishes will really determine how the whole design comes together and whether it meets the needs of the client and feels complete, coherent, and intentional.



The most frequently asked questions on the subject are:

What are the materials used in interior design?

What kind of materials are most often used in interior design?

Unless the material chosen is part of the structural integrity of the space in question, the list below is a good starting point for generating ideas for any project you have in mind.



Granite: Most often used for countertops in homes, granite is a naturally beautiful, incredibly durable material that makes an excellent countertop surface. Granite also looks great with many different interior styles and paint options can be chosen that will accentuate the granite's natural coloring.

Wood: One of the most versatile building materials, wood is used on the interior and exterior of many spaces. From flooring to ceiling beams to accent walls, wood can be adapted to many different styles and is often quite affordable compared to other options.



Copper: Although it can be expensive, copper is making a comeback. It can easily elevate a room and works well in many styles of home. However, it's not always practical to use real copper, so you might end up opting for copper-colored materials. As with many materials, less is more when using copper. A little touch of copper color can go a long way to enhance the look without too much effort.

Fabrics: Fabrics like silk, cotton, suede, wool, and more can add a warm, personal touch to a space and tie the entire design together in a cozy and comfortable way.



Renewable Materials: Hemp, bamboo, and other materials that can be sustainably harvested can add a touch of personality while satisfying a customer's desire to reduce environmental impact. Other natural and ecological materials that are gaining popularity are cork, concrete, recycled glass, and reclaimed wood.

Synthetic Materials: Synthetic materials such as vinyl and laminate are typically used when budget is a concern. This choice of material is less expensive and has the appearance of tile, wood, or other natural components when used as a wallcovering or flooring material.