Interior Designer

About the Job

Interior designers help to make functional spaces that are safe and beautiful. They specify and select materials, finishes, lighting, furniture, and decorations to create and ambiance (the way a room feels to the user).

What You’ll Do

Interior designers must understand a client’s goals and expectations for a project. Once they have the information that they need, interior designers develop layouts. They collaborate with architects, engineers, and builders to help ensure that everything is correct.

Once the final plans have been approved, interior designers enter designs into software such as computer-aided design (CAD) or building information modeling programs. They next determine a timeline and project costs. Once interior designers have ordered everything and prepared it to be put into place, they oversee all installations. After everything is in place, they ensure that clients are satisfied and, if not, make any necessary changes.

Many interior designers specialize in a particular type of building (e.g., homes, hospitals, and hotels), a specific room (e.g., bathrooms and kitchens), or a specific style (e.g., Art Deco). Some interior designers work for home furnishing stores by providing design services to help customers to choose materials and furnishings.

The following are examples of types of interior designers:

Sustainable designers work on using green and sustainable design materials.

Universal designers focus on designing spaces that can be used by everyone, including the elderly and people with disabilities.

Kitchen and bath designers solely focus on kitchen and bathroom design.

Lighting designers design lighting layouts to suit specific spaces. 

Qualities and Skills Needed

Artistic ability

Creativity 

Detail oriented

Interpersonal skills

Problem-solving skills

Visualization

Education Required

Designers usually have a bachelor’s degree, though that degree does not have to be in interior design. Many design-oriented workers end up in the field after working in other careers. More often than not, CAD, interior design, and drawing classes are recommended. Multiple interior design degrees are available, including associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degree.

In the United States, licensing for designers varies from state to state. Some states stipulate that only someone with a license may be called an interior designer, though all designers can perform interior design work.

Wages

The average starting salary is $27,395. With experience, they can possibly earn up to or over $62,543.

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