Interior Design can offer a number of career options for experienced candidates looking to branch out. If you’re looking at a more focused approach pathways into furniture design, exhibition and/or lighting design, or production design for theatre, TV or film are all exciting options.
While there is more to the job of an interior designer than simply being creative and putting elements together to craft the perfect room, creativity and design is the biggest part of the job. These professionals are trained and educated in design, but they also have a natural creativity that led them into this field in the first place. They are naturally artistic, creative, and good at design, and education and experience enhanced these natural talents.
Interior designer consultants use this natural and developed creativity every day on the job. They take inspiration from everything around them and use it to create interiors for their clients. While they have to meet the demands and requests of their clients, these professionals also have to rely on their own abilities and expertise to create. They select colors, fabrics, furniture, and even design the flow and spacing of entire floors of home, making creative decisions every day.
Creativity: One of the essential skills required to become an Interior Designer is your ability to transform a boring looking room or space into something attractive. This means you need to have certain amount of creative thoughts that naturally comes to you. However, to certain extend this skill can be enhanced by getting yourself exposed to more interior design samples and trends.
Organized: You are creative and very good at designing spaces. However, to enable you to achieve great success in the interior designing field you need to be organized. Being organized means the ability to – fix meetings with clients, follow up with clients, coordinate with assistants and others, and doing everything that needs to be done within a specific time limit.
Computer Skills: To be successful in the interior designing field you need to know how to utilize design software to bring out the best results. Software like CAD helps you to create 2D & 3D design visuals, to get the perfect design before you start on any design project.
Coordination: It’s a given to do great in any profession you need to get along well with people and get things done within time. The greater you are good at dealing with people the greater will be your success.
Communication: Ability to articulate what are your expectations from each of your assistants or other people will help you create better designs. Equally the ability to understand and clarify what design cues your clients are expecting from you through communication will help you create great designs.
Major responsibilities of Interior Designer
- Business Development: searching for new projects, bidding for the projects; meeting the potential client; doing the presentation; negotiating and finalizing the deal.
- Client meetings: to understand the client’s needs and requirements for the project
- Spade work: conduct feasibility study for project; develop initial ideas often using computer-aided design (CAD) software, produce ‘sample’ or ‘mood’ boards to present to clients
- Presentations to the client
- After getting client’s approval, set project schedules and establish final briefs
- prepare design plans, specify materials and furnishings, such as lighting, furniture, wall finishes, flooring, and plumbing fixtures
- consider materials and costs according to budgets and discuss project fees with the client
- Create a timeline for the interior design project and budgets for men and material
- Survey site or building, prepare detailed drawings, designs, plans
- source materials, e.g. fittings, furniture, lighting, finishes, decoration and dressing, and provide samples for clients
- supervise work at site
- co-ordinate with the team of other designers, technicians and commercial department
- work closely with quantity surveyors to establish costs and work schedules on larger projects, with architects and other design professionals
- Visit the site after the project is complete, to ensure that the client is satisfied
- keep up to date with new developments in the design industry