A Career In Interior Design
If you enjoy design and decorating and have good creative and practical skills, a career as an interior designer could be perfect for you. In this role you would be responsible for planning and supervising the design and decoration of different locations including private homes, offices, hotels, shops and restaurants. The work
As an interior designer, your role would involve:
· meeting with clients
· developing designs in line with client’s needs, budget and the type of building
· working on initial sketches for client approval then developing those ideas into detailed drawings using computer software
· providing advice on fabrics, fittings and furniture, colour schemes etc then sourcing those items
· supervising third party contractors who are working on site
Your hours may be long, unsocial and irregular depending on your clients. You will be studio-based, but will also spend a lot of time out and about visiting clients and sites.
Junior interior designers could earn from around £18,000 to £22,000 a year, rising to between £24,000 and £40,000 a year, with senior designers earning £45,000 or more a year.
As a freelance designer, you are free to set your own hourly rates.
As a high level of design skill is required to become an interior designer, you will usually need a degree or HND level qualification in an art or design-related subject.
Alternatively, you could approach design companies to see if you can start working for them as a design assistant. Such is the level of competition for roles like this you would still need a relevant qualification to show that you do have the necessary skills to progress.
Once you’ve completed your college course, you’ll need to get as much work experience as possible under your belt and make plenty of contacts along the way. You will also need to put together a portfolio of examples of your work to show to prospective clients and employers.
Training and development
Once you’ve secured a job as an interior designer or design assistant, you can continue to expand your skillset by undertaking further training. This could include a post graduate degree or diploma in a relevant subject, or a short course with a private training provider.
Skills and qualities
To succeed as an interior designer you will need to demonstrate that you have many creative skills and qualities. You will also need to acquire experience in project management and learn to be organised and efficient in your time management. You must be good at problem solving, costing and budgeting and be a good communicator as you will be working with both clients and suppliers.
A working knowledge of CAD (computer aided design) together with drawing and model-making skills is essential as is an understanding of building products, materials and architectural history.
About Alison Page
Alison is a small business owner, freelance writer, author and dressage judge. She has degrees in Equine Science and Business Studies. Read her full story at http://www.theladywriter.co.uk