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The use of materials in interior design

When it comes to managing any kind of interior design job, it’s important that you put in the effort to fully get the right materials. The right materials, after all, can be the difference between a great design solution or having a design issues on your hands later on down the line. This article takes a look at the use of materials in interior design. What are some of the most common materials that any interior design job is likely to require? What do they provide, and what effect can they have on the design?


Wood is a commonly used part of any interior design project, and it’s most commonly used for making everything from furniture frames to door frames and window frames. Wood is easy to work with because it can be cut and shaped into whatever you need, and the variety of woods out there makes it easy to find one that fits your needs and requirements.

However, wood can be hard to protect in the wrong kind of environment. Wood that gets wet will rot, and this can obviously leave you with a structural issue. If you are looking to make your interior design job easier, wood has to be protected and sealed to avoid water damage from running water or steam – particularly in a bathroom or kitchen setting.


Cloth is commonplace if you are looking to help add a nice, simple finish to a room, from linen over a table to cover it to bed sheets. Cloth is easily maintained and available in all manner of looks, themes and styles which makes it very easy for you to work with.

However, cloth is easily damaged so make sure you are careful around any kind of cloth material; especially if it comes with an intricate and woven design that you wish to preserve!


Rubber is a rather less commonly used solution but is great for things like PVC flooring and is good for its effective and durable style. Usually very rich in terms of coloring and designs, too, and can be cut into large individual tiles or in a single, large sheet.

Great and durable, it’s less affected by the atmosphere and the elements, making it a good choice for certain rooms, but it’s lack of aesthetic quality in many cases puts some people off using it outside of rooms like bathrooms and kitchens.


Plastic is another commonly used item and has more or less every use that you can think of; from shelving to creating intricate designs. However, it’s lack of bio-degradability makes it a hard one to use en masse if you are conscious about the environment.

It can, though, be adjusted to fit just about any look or style that you wish – that’s the beauty of plastic. It puts you in total control of what – and when – you do something, making it hugely useful from a design and management viewpoint.


Of course, another important part of any interior design job is metals like steel and iron. They need to be protected, though, to avoid them from degrading, rusting and becoming otherwise damaged. They are very cold objects, too, and need to be covered and worked with to make sure they don’t offer an unemotional look into a room that is supposed to be vibrant and emotional.

Interior design takes a lot of work, but the materials above are likely to be some of the most common that you will need to use in building the interior design solution you require,

If you require any advice on interior design then please contact Sara Corker.

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