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How to Design a Career Path of a Great Interior Designer

February 03,2010 by: Dallas Browne

First and foremost, let us first differentiate interior design with interior decorating because more often than not, these two are confused to be one and the same. Interior design has its roots traced to interior decoration. This professional career is a combination of technical, analytical, an in-depth understanding of architectural and creative elements. Interior decorating, on the other hand, concentrates more on changing style or renovating a given space.

There is also a broad bracket of disciplines that involves interior design. This profession gives its enthusiasts the power to choose a concentration between commercial or residential design. A residential designer is the one whose abilities will include designing multifamily housing, bathrooms and kitchens, design for the aged, universal design amongst others.

On the other hand, those who choose the path of being an interior space designer or commercial designer are expected to excel in workspace design. Things like retail design, healthcare design, sustainability, furniture design and hospitality design are also included in their area of expertise. If in case they are too, a registered Architect, then they will have the opportunity to include interior architecture of a space in their list of abilities.

It is among the goals of a professional interior designer to enhance their client’s physiological and at the same time, psychological well being. This can be done by making sure that there is respect for the physical, social and psychological needs of a certain client. It is also a part of an interior designer’s duty to make sure that he seeks appropriate solutions that are most effective, ecologically sensitive and safe without compromising the demands of his client. This in return will promote the welfare, health and safety of his clients in general.

 Interior designers also have a lot of options when it comes to employment opportunities. Successful companies and large scale industries often include the services of a professional interior designer on their regular 8-5 working hours. On the other hand, small scale industries usually hire interior designers on a contractual or pay per-job arrangement which is advantageous for those who are freelancers or do not want a full time job. Statistics say that more than 20% of interior designers are self-employed due to the nature of their job.

The duties and responsibilities that comes with being an interior designer usually involves a lot of air and land travels  to either visit or have a preview of different locations, client’s homes, studios and offices of different firms. They are most of the time, being supervised by a professional like an Architect that may or may not be part of their team.

Due to the popularity and the advantages of the internet, technology and other computer-aided programs, a clients access to an interior designer and communication between client and designer has gone up to the next level. It has become less stressful now since it now only requires an internet connection and means fewer expenses both for the designer and the client as well.

To be an interior designer is much more than trying to decide where to put an archaic lamp. It involves skills, knowledge and not to mention the passion for change and aesthetic beauty. When an interior designer alters a person’s home, he enters his soul and lingers there for a while.


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