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Chapter 1: The Process and Profession Of Design

Interior Design: A Lifetime Pursuit

The Process of Design

The Interior Design Profession

Chapter 2: Special Considerations in Design


Environmental Considerations

Two Design Problems

Special Populations

Chapter 3: Design Principles, Elements and Style

The Principles of Design

The Elements of Design

Design Discernment and Excellence

Chapter 4: Color

How We See Color

Color Theory

Color Harmony

Residential and Contract Uses Of Color

Chapter 5: Lighting and Technology

Lighting in Interior Design

Natural Light

Artificial Lighting

Light and the Mind and Body

Power Terminology and Units of Measurement

Luminaires, Or Lighting Fixtures

Contract Considerations


Chapter 6: Space Planning

Prioritizing Needs and Wants

Considerations for Specific Areas

Space Planning and the Elements and Principles Of Design

Contract Considerations

Chapter 7: Floor Plans and Building Systems

Diagramming and Floor Plans

Floor Plans and Housing

Constructing the Building

Insulation and Energy Conservation

Contract Considerations

Chapter 8: Furniture Arrangement


Human Factors

The Elements and Principles of Design in Furniture


Basic Groupings

Contract Considerations

Chapter 9: Furniture Selection

Wooden Furniture

Metal Furniture

Other Furniture Materials

Upholstered Furniture

Furniture Harmony and Human Factors

Furniture Types

Contract Considerations

Chapter 10: Architectural Detail





Fireplaces and Chimneys



Contract Considerations

Chapter 11: Wall, Ceiling, and Window Treatments

Wall and Ceiling Materials


Wall Coverings

Ceiling Treatments

Window Treatments

Contract Considerations

Chapter 12: Floor Materials and Coverings

Flooring Requirements and Specifications

Guidelines for Selecting Hard and Resilient Floor Materials

Soft Floor Coverings

Contract Considerations

Chapter 13: Fabric


Fabric--The Champion of Versatility

Contract Considerations

Decorative Fabrics Glossary

Chapter 14: Art and Accessories

Fine Art

Decorative Art

Objects from Nature

Other Accessories

The Use of Accessories

Contract Considerations

Chapter 15: Historic Design

Early Influences

The English Influence in America

American Styles

Modern Design (1857-Present)

Putting Things in Perspective