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A future in Interior Design
By Jennifer Bailey
Do you love decorating your room and arranging and rearranging furniture? Does moving a piece of furniture to the left three inches change your whole world?! Do others tell you what great taste you have? The first step to a successful career is to follow your passion. After all, doing something you love will never feel like work. Keep in mind, there is a difference between loving to decorate and being an actual interior designer. Mainly, it’s education. There are associate and bachelor degree programs for interior design. Designers develop new ideas which are often turned into reality for clients and companies, generally under a deadline and a budget. They need to be able to maintain a positive attitude at all times, to be the best they can be at their current assignment and not get easily discouraged when plans change or clients change their minds, which happens all the time.
It may seem obvious, but yes, in order to become an interior designer, you need to have a natural flair for color, space, architecture and textiles. While fabrics, furniture and color may play a large part in interior design, there are plenty of other things that are required of interior designers - many of which may seem less like fun and more like actual work. So, you may love art, color and architecture but do you also like lighting, wiring, plumbing, drawing and building codes? Are you thinking…wow - interior designers need to do a little bit of everything? Well, sort of. Designers work with lots of different people from the homeowners, to the builders, architects, agencies and business owners. Interior designers perform services such as programming, design analysis, space planning, preparing drawings and documents, and job site observation using specialized knowledge obtained through schooling and beyond.
Interior design is a career in which the satisfaction and safety of their client is the focus. The perfect combination, in terms of natural personality, would be someone who is a naturally gifted people-pleaser and also someone who can learn to become a master at mitigating— meaning you can direct clients toward a good design outcome while at the same time making them feel they are in control of the design choices. Interior designers are constantly balancing their design decisions and their clients’ desires. This field is very competitive so being a person who thrives in that environment will serve you well.
Interior design classes teach you to apply artistic principles and techniques to the professional stages of planning, designing, equipping and furnishing of residential and commercial interior spaces. It would also include instruction in human behavior, construction documentation, computer applications, drafting and graphic techniques along with principles of interior lighting, acoustics, systems integration and color coordination, furniture and furnishings, textiles and their finishing, the history of interior design and period styles, basic structural design, building codes and inspection regulations. A designer can work in several modalities from residential to office, hotel, factory, hospitals, restaurant and more.