Commercial Interior Design

What’s The Difference Between Residential and Commercial Interior Design?

Probably the easiest answer is that residential interior designers focus on your home, and commercial designers work with businesses.  I know pretty simple, right?

Is the distinction really that important? Yes! Homes and businesses have different design needs. Residential interior design is all about creating welcoming and livable spaces for its occupants, and commercial design strives to increase functionality, efficiency while ensuring the style is an extension of your brand. Whether it’s a luxury hotel developer or a small business owner, it is up to the commercial interior designer to translate your vision in ways that are practical, functional and truly reflect your company / organization. Because the scope of work is much larger than residential projects, commercial interior designers usually take on more responsibilities and often work with your building management and architects.

Commercial interior designers are trained to prioritize functionality and safety without sacrificing style or brand.  For example, a hotel needs to accommodate its guests if it wants to sell its rooms and turn a profit. In order to do so, the hotel has to impress guests with its rooms, reception / lobby space and other amenities, and it falls on the commercial interior designer to make all of these requirements come together into a functional, enticing space.

Commercial interior designers know how to space plan without compromising style and design. They are also trained to ensure that everything within the physical structure is safe. They are heavily involved in the renovation and construction process, and work closely with contractors and manufacturers to make important structural decisions including architectural details.  The other area where commercial interior designers come in to play is in budgeting.  Whether new construction or remodel, being able to effectively budget for the project down to the very last window treatment is necessary.

Commercial designers must be able to bring in the right materials for the job.  Standard, for the home, furnishings are not going to hold up well in a commercial environment.  It’s important to work with suppliers and manufacturers that specifically carry products for commercial projects.  Cornerstone Design Partners has relationships with commercial suppliers and delivers the right product, for the right job!

Cornerstone Design Partners knows Commercial Interior Design.  From office buildings that include private suite office space and cubicles to boutique restaurants and hotels, Cornerstone Design’s commercial designers are ready to help you make the most of your space.  From initial design inspiration and space planning to sourcing products and working with your architects, our team of professionals can help you layout the most effective plan, increasing the productivity and efficiency for your staff.