7 Jobs you can do if you are an Interior Designer?
I get asked all the time about what is an interior designer and what is involved in the job. There are so many different ways you can use Interior Design training, so I have put together 7 that came to mind. I can and probably will expand to another 7 at a later date.
Color Consultant - this involves selecting colors and becoming an expert in a specialist field. It requires a passion for color and the ability to visualize the end result. A lot of people have a fear of choosing colors, so there is a demand for experts in color selection. This could involve, exterior color schemes, interior color schemes, coordinating corporate colors, selecting colors for retail and signage and more.
Interior Decorator - this involves selecting color schemes, choosing fabrics and furniture, curtains, artwork and finishing touches mostly for residential homes. It takes an eye for detail and careful planning to bring everything together. It is a very rewarding career as you get to see happy clients in a space you have created for them.
Freelance Interior Designer - this involves working for yourself, sourcing your own clients. You can often work in with Architects and plan and design interior joinery, cabinetry, lighting, bathrooms, kitchens. You also select fittings, fixtures and finishes for the home. The work is often varied depending on the projects scale and budget. But there is generally plans/blueprints involved in this type of work, so the ability to do technical drawing or use CAD is essential. It's a great way to work as you can fit it into your lifestyle.
Salary Interior Designer - this involves working for a design company. You generally work in a team environment and collaborate a lot throughout the design creating the full interior design documentation for the project. You plan and design interior joinery, cabinetry, lighting, bathrooms, kitchens, select fittings, fixtures and finishes for the home or commercial project. The work is often varied depending on the projects scale and budget, some Design Practices specialize in areas, so depending on who you work for, you could be involved in education buildings, hotels, commercial office spaces, bars, retail stores, malls, the list goes on. There is the requirement for plans/blueprints in this type of work, so the ability to do technical drawing or use CAD is essential. You generally don't manage the design implementation in a large company, as they will have Project Managers, but a smaller company, you may get to oversee the implementation.
Home Stager - this involves being very creative and having a good understanding of what you client wants to achieve with the home staging. Then work with what you have and what you can put into the space to unlock the full potential of the space. A strong ability to visualize the end result, have a no clutter way of thinking and an eye for detail and strong spatial awareness. This is a very rewarding role and becoming a very popular career choice.
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