So you may be wondering what is the difference between residential and commercial living spaces right?
Well, more than you think although both interiors are designed for people to inhabit ultimately.
the main differences come in the form of structural materials and safety, for example, commercial buildings use metal frames in the walls rather than wood (what is commonly found in residential homes in your neighborhood). They also have requirements for using denser concrete for strength depending on how many floors the building is.
The second common difference you may come across will be the in the lighting department, now depending on if your commercial project has a drop ceiling or not you may run into school classroom style lights and ceiling layout.
another strict requirement you need to follow when dealing with commercial work is being ADA (American Disability Act) compliant, which requires a certain amount of space in the bathroom to allow a handicapped person to access the restroom. it also requires that you have a certain type of sink that can allow for a wheelchair to fit under so someone can wash their hands from a wheelchair position.
more examples of requirements for commercial designs will be including things such as lighting requirements/ emergency lights, exits signs, industrial grade smoke detectors, and sprinkler systems.
Commonly overlooked pieces in these types of projects are budget cost and also time frame estimates. as you can imagine if you make the mistake and underwrite the cost and time on a larger project the implications are much greater than for a smaller one.
designing a kitchen in a restaurant can be way larger than in your ordinary home and that can carry over into the bathrooms and living room also known as the common area in a building.
another overlooked part may be when choosing artwork, in residential interior design, artwork can be smaller and is normally sized to fit in a home whereas, with artwork for a building, it will need to be many times larger and more costly.
Furniture, typically Furniture in a building is meant to be more durable, impersonal and meant to last for years and years whereas in residential you can focus on fine pieces of furnishings that reflect the personality of the homeowner.