2. The Interior makes the homes look good and the Designers make it still better.What is Interior design?Interior design is the process of shaping the experience of interior space,through the manipulation of spatial volume as well as surface treatment.Not to be confused with interior decoration, interior design draws onaspects of environmental psychology, architecture, product design andfurniture design in addition to traditional decoration. An interior designeris a person who is considered a professional in the field of interior designor one who designs interiors as part of their job.Interior design is a creative practice that analyzes programmaticinformation, establishes a conceptual direction, refines the designdirection, and produces graphic communication and constructiondocuments. In some jurisdictions, interior designers must be licensed topractice.In general, the interior of something refers to the space or part inside ofit, excluding any kind of wall or boundary around its outside. It hasdifferent, more specific definitions in different contexts.Interior decoration or décor is the art of decorating a room so that it is
3. attractive, easy to use, and functions well with the existing architecture.The goal of interior decoration is to provide a certain "feel" for the room;it encompasses applying wallpaper, painting walls and other surfaces,choosing furniture and fittings, such as light fixtures, floor plans andproviding other decorations for the area such as paintings, sculpturesand carpets.Interior decorating is done professionally by certified interior decoratorsC.I.D. It is considered a design field. An interior decorator is a veryimportant job.There is a distinct difference between interior decorating and interiordesign. Interior decorating is generally focused on the interior items of aspace, such as furniture, accessories, finishes, and layout. Interior design,on the other hand, involves manipulating the architectural integrity of theinterior space.Interior design concerns itself with more than just the visual or ambientenhancement of an interior space, it seeks to optimize and harmonize theuses to which the interior environment will be put.Many factors come into play in formulating the design solution. There isthe space itself--its dimensions and construction--with its potential andits limitations. There is how the space will be used--for work or leisure,entertainment or worship, healing or learning. There is the meaning ofthe space, what it signifies--be it power, authority, security, wisdom,achievement, playfulness or serenity. There are practical considerations,like ease of access, amount of light, acoustics, seating and places to storeor set things down. There are health and safety considerations, attentionto special needs and more.For more information, see the definition of interior design developed bythe National Council for Interior Design Qualification.
4. SpecializationInterior designers can specialize in a particular interior design discipline,such as residential and commercial design, with some developingexpertise within a niche design area such as hospitality, health care andinstitutional design. In jurisdictions where the profession is regulated bythe government, designers must meet broad qualifications and showcompetency in the entire scope of the profession, not only in a specialty.Designers may elect to obtain specialist certification offered by privateorganizations.Interior designers who also possess environmental expertise in designsolutions for sustainable construction can receive accreditation in thisarea by taking the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)examination.The specialty areas that involve interior designers are limited only by theimagination and are continually growing and changing. With the increasein the aging population, an increased focus has been placed ondeveloping solutions to improve the living environment of the elderlypopulation, which takes into account health and accessibility issues thatcan affect the design.Awareness of the ability of interior spaces to create positive changes inpeoples lives is increasing, so interior design is also becoming relevantto this type of advocacy.Design Career and Job HighlightsOne of the chief benefits of being a designer is that a very large number,almost one third, of all designers are self-employed. That is almost fivetimes the percentage of self-employed people in other fields. Also, manypeople are attracted to designing because of the high level of creativity itdemands. Generally to be a designer you need at least a bachelor’sdegree and a master’s degree will be advantageous. The industry is
5. showing signs of growth, but there is still very high competition for mostprojects, as there are many extremely talented and creative designers.The Design professions, Designers are innately creative people. They thenmake use of their creativity, artistry, and knowledge of practical skills toturn their creative vision into plans for our Websites, clothes,advertisements, cars, media, and surroundings. Since designers areneeded in so many industries they usually generalize, focusing on onespecialized area like interior design, cars, company logos, newspapers,clothing, theatre sets, merchandise displays, medical equipment, or manyothers.To be a good designer you have to take three things into account: 1)What your client needs and has the resources for, 2) The primary functionof the design, and 3) How it will appeal to customers. Often the first stepis solid research of the preferred design characteristics like cost, safetyissues, availability of materials, size, etc.The next step is to prepare a preliminary outline, such as a sketch,usually with the aid of a computer. You will then share your creativevision with the client or a product development team. Next comes adetailed plan of your design, including very detailed drawings orblueprints, simulations, or a to-scale model. More and more designersare using CAD (Computer-Aided Design) to increase efficiency, create abetter model, and because computers make it easier to explore newpossibilities and design permutations. Computers are becoming morepopular because they allow for greater creativity while cutting costs.Industrial designers create designs and instructions that are readable by
6. machines and that give directions to automated production tools usingCAD’s sister tool, CAID (Computer-Aided Industrial Design).Many designers are also involved in the business aspects of their job, notjut the creative. They often have assistants to supervise. Also, manydesigners own their own business and so they have to be involved inclient development, networking, finding and renting space, orderingmaterials, reviewing industry publications, and many other administrativeresponsibilities. Furthermore, as technology in computers andcommunication advances, designers need to continually work to stayup-to-date and competitive. This is especially true for those designersinvolved in industrial or graphic design. Computers have allowed forgreat advancements in the design industry. Advanced communicationsnetworks have increased the opportunities that were previously limited bygeography. Designers can form international firms or taskforces and canwork for clients all over the world. The Internet has increased theavailability of information, making research easier and better, anddesigners have a much larger pool of supplies. This makes the logisticsof being a self-employed designer much easier, as well.Types of DesignersThere are many types of designers who work in a wide range of industries.Some designers generalize and work in many different fields, while othersconcentrate on one specialty.Commercial/Industrial DesignThis area helps develop manufactured products, such has automobiles,airplanes, computers, kitchen appliances, medical equipment, automobileinteriors, office materials, etc. In addition to their creativity and artistry, asuccessful commercial designer has to be able to assess the needs ofuser and have a working knowledge of marketing and means ofproduction. All of these skills are necessary to create an effective,
7. appealing product. Commercial and industrial designers tend tospecialize in an area like home appliances or recreational equipment.Fashion DesignThis deals with designing apparel. Many are self-employed in the form ofclothing labels, and many work for personal clients. Others work forparticular boutiques or department stores. These fashion designers arevery creative and innovative, while others stick to established trends forhigh-demand items. However, these small, self-employed designers arein the minority. The majority of fashion designers work for big clothingmanufactures, making clothing and accessories for the mass market.Floral DesignThis is a very diverse area, with many working in large shops and othersworking for themselves in very small, specialized shops. All floraldesigners, however, are involved in arranging all types of flowers intodesigns. They make arrangements based on the customer’s order for alloccasions, from wedding bouquets to holiday wreaths, from tabletopgardens to large terrariums. Aside from the artistic side of floral design,designers also have to be competent in assessing the customer’s needs,the type of occasion, the availability and cost of flowers according toseason, materials of imitation flowers, and issues of time and delivery tomake sure the flowers look their best. Also, in small flower shops manydesigners also have to do their own accounting and arrange supply anddelivery, which requires business know-how. Many floral designers alsogrow their own flowers, which expands their responsibilities even further.Graphic DesignThis is an extremely large area of design. Basically, graphic designersresolve communication problems using visual solutions. By studyingculture, context, and social issues they develop designs that willeffectively communicate to meet the needs of their customer. They use anumber of media, from print to computers to film, and so many graphicdesigners specialize in one area. Some have expertise in visual layout for
8. magazines or computers, others create promotional displays, othersdesign the credits for movies, and others design logos, others designsigns for the government. There are many areas of specialization.Computers are instrumental in almost all areas of graphic design,however, especially in the ever-growing technological industry: designingWeb pages and multimedia projects.Interior DesignThe perennial goal of interior designers is to combine from and function.They improve the quality of interior spaces by increasing efficiency,safety, and beauty. Interior designers can work on all types of projects,like residential homes, shopping malls, retail stores, hospitals, hotels,theaters, or restaurants. With such a wide range of work, most interiordesigners specialize, for example one designer might focus onbusinesses while another might focus on residences. Many specialize ineven more specific areas, like airplane interiors or kitchens. A successfuldesigner has to take many things into account, like the customer’spreferences, cost of materials, and functional efficiency. Also, there aremany federal and local guidelines and building codes. Plus, if designing apublic space, it is necessary to ensure that everything is accessible to thedisabled and elderly. Keeping all those in mind, a designer thenconfigures the interior structure, such as molding, windows, and built-infixtures; furnishings, such as furniture and floor coverings; lighting thatis economical and pleasing; and accents like rugs and wall-hangings.They coordinate colors, styles, and materials to create a visually pleasingand comfortable space. Computers are extremely useful to interiordesigners as they allow for exact and accurate models and also allow foreasy adjustments to the whims of customers.Visual Merchandise DesignAlso called window-dressing, visual merchandize design is the art ofmerchandise display. Many designers work for large businesses,arranging merchandise in retail stores or designing window displays.Working for the interior of retail stores involves dressing mannequins,
9. creating table displays, arranging props and accents, and organizingclothing placement by color group or style. To make promotions andstyles uniform and to maintain the “look” of a store, most large retailchains employ designers at the corporate level in a central designdepartment. The designs are distributed to individual stores, andindividual managers or regional designers adapt the designs to meetindividual needs.Set DesignThis area of design makes sets and exhibits for movie and televisionstudios, theatre productions, or special exhibitions in museums ortrade-shows. Designers who work with television or theatre need to studyscripts and consult with writers and directors to ensure that their designis in line with their artistic vision. They also need to research make suretheir design is historically accurate in architectural details and fashion.They then provide the models for the actual construction, making surethat it is feasible and functional. Designers of special exhibitions need toconfer with museum curators or trade-show sponsors to make use of theavailable space, create an effective theme, and control flow of humantraffic. Also, if working for a museum a designer may have to consult anart specialist to ensure preservation and security of museum objects.Working ConditionsDesigners face many pressures in their work. They are creative people bynature and so they often don’t have traditional office environments. Theymay work in their own home or in that of their client. They often travel tothe location of their work, whether it is a showroom, a client’s house, oran office under construction. Many designers do not have fixed incomesbut are paid by project, which creates pressures to finish a job quicklyand get new clients. Further frustrations are caused when designs arerejected or don’t turn out as planned, and sometimes creativity justdoesn’t seem to come.
10. Designers may work at many different places under many differentconditions. Manufactures, large design firms, or corporations usuallymake for a very stable working environment in terms of regular andreasonable hours in a comfortable office setting. Designers who workfreelance or who work at small firms usually work according to whateverindividual contract they have at the time, making adjustments to theirclient’s need, which makes for a less stable environment. They may haveuneven working hours, with varying workloads and more evening andweekend hours. Designers who are self-employed or who work asconsultants often work longer hours in a smaller and simpler offices.Hours and conditions depend not only on the type of firm, but also onthe type of designer. Industrial and graphic designers and interiordesigners generally work quite regular hours, but may have to work extrahours or weekends to meet the demands of a particular project. Set andexhibit designers, however, often have much more uneven schedules,working long hours under pressure and having to make quickadjustments. Fashion designers often operate the same way, having towork very long hours in preparation for a fashion show, or traveling tothe site of a show. Floral designers mostly work regular hours in small,agreeable working conditions but large events like wedding may requiresome extra hours. Merchandise designers may work regular hours in acorporate job, but those who work in actual retail stores often haveirregular hours as they do most of their work when customers are out ofthe store. Also many designers, especially those in interior, merchandise,and fashion design, have to deal with equipment transportation, samplebooks, heavy displays, supervising construction, and many otherresponsibilities.Becoming a DesignerThough different types of designers require different personalities andskill sets, creativity is common to all designers. It is necessary for
11. designers to seek for beauty and balance and have a sense of theaesthetic. Also, since they spend so much time dealing with customersand complex projects, they have to have good communication skills andanalytical thinking that leads to problem-solving. And even thoughcomputers have had such an impact on designing, most designers,especially those in fashion, have some kind of artistic training that enablethem to make sketches and plans.The amount of schooling needed depends on the type of design. However,it is important to keep in mind that schooling isn’t always the decidingfactor in getting a job. A sampling of a designer’s work in the form of aportfolio is usually the most important.Fashion designers generally have an associate’s degree or bachelor’sdegree from a reputable fashion design college. It is also imperative thata potential fashion designer be conversant in patterns, accessories,trends, fabrics, and the fashion industry as a whole. Set and exhibitdesigners usually have 4-year degrees as well, and often a Masters inFine Arts as well. An important credential for set designers ismembership in the United Scenic Artists, Local 829.For floral designers, many people enter the profession by gainingon-the-job experience rather than formal schooling. Professionals lookfor trainees, generally people with at least a high school degree who areeager to learn and very artistic. However, formal schooling is beneficial,especially for people who want to own their own businesses or hold amanagement position. Many vocational schools offer short (less than ayear) courses in floral design. Community colleges and universities oftenoffer associate’s and bachelor’s degrees in horticulture, floral design,ornamental horticulture. Also, to become an accredited floral designer, apotential designer needs to pass an examination given by the AmericanInstitute of Floral Designers.Two- and three-year programs at professional schools are also offeredfor many other types of design. Degrees from such programs usuallyqualify graduates to become assistants to designers. Four-year programs
12. at colleges and universities supply graduates with a Bachelor of Fine ArtsDegree. These degrees involve a more rigorous and varied curriculum,involving mechanical drawing, sketching, art history, design principles,and other skills applicable to the various areas of design. Most designers,especially those who want to work independently, are recommended tofind programs that have a strong liberal arts core that will teach businessmanagement, marketing, psychology, and art. Also, architectural skillscan be very helpful to designers, especially those in interior design. TheNational Association of Schools of Art and Design offer many designdegrees in areas like art, interior design, industrial design, graphic design,and fashion design. They accredit over 200 schools, many of whichrequire at least a year of studying basic design and art before admittingstudents to the bachelor’s degree program. Admission to the programmay also require a portfolio of samples and sketches.Another professional organization for designers is the Foundation forInterior Design Education Research. They also offer bachelor’s degrees inthe areas of architecture, art, and home economics in over 120 schoolsand programs. Though most designers have some formal schooling,fledgling designers receive a lot of hands-on experience in the first fewyears of their career. This experience is very important for them to gainpromotions to positions of more responsibility like chief designer ordepartment head. They may even establish their own firm. Manydesigners, after a few years of experience, work in academia asprofessors at design schools or universities. Many of these continue to beinvolved in “fieldwork”, however, as consultants or freelance designers.Industry and Job OutlookAs they economy expands, more people are demanding the skills ofdesigners, and analysts anticipate growth for the industry. Competitionfor positions, however, will continue to be fierce, as there are many gifted
13. and competent people who want to be designers. Ingenuity, persistence,and more formal schooling will set apart those who will succeed.Graphic design has the highest projected growth rate. As morebusinesses look to the Interned Web for information and as theentertainment market (including television, video games, movies, andadvertisements) expands, there is more and more call for graphicdesigners.There is also increasing demand for interior designers, especially foroffices, retail stores, homes, and establishments specializing in care forthe elderly. Floral design has a relatively high turnover rate due to a lackof advancement opportunities, which leads to new jobs.The area of industrial design will continue to grow rapidly as theimportance of safety and quality of products grows. As customers wanteverything to be cheaper, more comfortable, easier to use, and astechnology becomes more important in every field, industrial design is avery important industry. A few areas of design, however, do not show thisrapid growth. New jobs for merchandise displayers will come from thenatural turnover caused by workers who retire or move to differentprofessions. The industry of clothing manufacturing is slowing, whichmeans that growth in fashion design is also slowing. And the area ofexhibit and set designing is very small, so even though there is a lot ofgrowth there will not be a lot of job openings.EarningsThe range of income for industrial and commercial designers was$25,000 to $85,000, with the average being about $60,000 inarchitecture, engineering, and other associated industries.
14. The range for fashion designers was $22,000-110,000, with the averagebeing about $50,000. The majority of designers earned between $35,000and $75,000. The range for floral designers was $13,000-30,000. Theaverage was about $20,000. Median earnings were slightly higher forgrocery stores than florists. The range for graphic designers was$20,000-65,000. The average was about $36,000, with the majorityearning between $28,000 and $49,000. Earnings were slightly higher forthose in advertising and specialized design services than those ofprinting and media publishing services. Annual earnings were shown tohave a direct correlation to the level of responsibility by the AmericanInstitution of Graphic Arts. At the top of the chain are graphic designerswho have their own firm or a partnership in a firm. They earned around$90,000. Under them are the creative chiefs of design departments in bigcorporations or design firms who earned about $85,000. Next arefreelance designers who work independently, who earned about $55,000.Senior designers or supervisors earned about $50,000, while thestaff-level designers below them earned about $40,000.The range for interior designers was $21,000-70,000. The median was$39,000 with the majority earning between $29,000 and $53,000.Earnings were very slightly higher for architectural and specializedservices, and slightly lower for furniture stores.The range for merchandise displayers was $15,000-40,000. The medialwas $23,000 and the majority of professionals made between $18,000and $29,000. The range for set and exhibit designers was
15. $18,000-63,000. The median was $34,000 and the majority earnedbetween $25,00 and $46,000.DESIGN SPECIALTIESDesigners often specialize in one or more specific types of interiordesign. Some designers specialize in only residential or commercial (or,contract) projects, but many designers do both residential andcommercial projects of various kinds.ResidentialResidential interior design focuses on the design, professional designteam coordination, planning, budgeting, specifying/purchasing andfurnishings installation of private homes, including the specialty areas ofthe kitchen, bath, home theater, home office, and custom product design.Interior projects include new construction, renovation, historic renovationand model homes, with expertise in universal and sustainable design.Commercial/ContractCommercial, sometimes also referred to as contract, design focuses onthe design, professional design team coordination, planning, budgeting,specifying/purchasing and furnishings installation of interiorenvironments used for commercial, government or educational purposes.Many designers specialize in one or more of the following areas ofcommercial design.EntertainmentEntertainment design brings together the use of interiors, lighting, soundand other technologies for movies, television, videos, dramatic andmusical theater, clubs, concerts, theme parks and industrial projects.Facilities ManagementA facilities manager develops schedules for building upkeep and
16. maintenance, addressing safety and health issues and lighting andacoustics needs. A facilities manager also plans and coordinates officemoves or expansions, and serves as project manager during constructionor renovation.Government/InstitutionalA government designer is familiar with the very specific needs andrequirements associated with working with government agencies, such asmilitary bases, federal buildings or government offices. An institutionaldesigner focuses on projects such as child care, educational, religious,correctional and recreational facilities, fire and police stations, courts,embassies, libraries, auditoriums, museums and transportation terminals.Health CareHealth care designers create environments for hospitals; clinics;examination rooms; surgical suites; mobile units; hospice care homes;nursing, assisted living or long term care facilities; or any other healthcare environment.Hospitality/RestaurantHospitality design focuses on environments that entertain or host thepublic, including nightclubs, restaurants, theaters, hotels, city andcountry clubs, golf facilities, cruise ships and conference facilities.OfficeOffice design focuses on the public and private areas utilized bycorporate and professional service firms.
17. Retail/Store PlanningRetail design and store planning concentrate on retail venues, includingboutiques, department stores, outlets, showrooms, food retailing centersand shopping malls.APPROACHESThe following are not design specialties but rather approaches to designthat cut across design specialties.Sustainable DesignAlso referred to as "green" design or "eco-design," sustainable design isconcerned with the environmental/ecological, economic, ethical andsocial aspects and impacts of design.Universal DesignAn extension of "barrier-free" design, universal design employs productsand solutions originally developed for individuals with disabilities toincrease ease of use, access, safety and comfort for all users.
18. Eligibility for admission of Interior DecoratorsDIPLOMA IN INTERIOR DESIGNDuration: 2 YearsEligibility: 10th Pass (with minimum of 50% marks)Awarding Body: SNDT University - MumbaiCERTIFICATE COURSE IN INTERIOR DESIGNDuration: 1 YearEligibility: 10 + 2Awarding Body: State Board of Technical Education and Training- Andhra PradeshDIPLOMA IN INTERIOR DESIGNDuration: 1 YearEligibility: Anyone with creativity and flairAwarding Body: HAMSTECH Institute of Fashion & Interior Design
19. What do you need to become an Interior Designer?Ideally, in todays marketplace, you need flexibility when it comes to visualising how to plan the redesign of any project. If you stick too rigidly with time honoured traditions and refuse to budge, you will find that what you can offer and provide to your customers becomes very limited. You also need to be very knowledgeable about products, suppliers, customers and how fast the marketplace moves. In recent years, the design marketplace has become furiously competitive. There are so many would bedesigners, home design magazines, TV programmes, DIY stores, designcourses, etc, etc that unfortunately when there is such a glut of availableproducts, ideas and information, it narrows the options of unique andinnovative ideas because nothing is new.If you are going to choose a career in design, you need to enter into itwith a large degree of flexible thinking and some projection of what youthink you can offer a highly competitive market, that it hasnt got already.How do you choose the right learning course?The interior design industry is simply based on current fashion trends soit wont last as it is defined in the short term. Short courses that offer youprofessional qualifications and your own interior design business inweeks are very misleading and are not advised simply because youcannot possibly hope to learn all that you need to know in such a shorttime. I am still learning after 15 years! The learning is ongoing and if youare doing it properly, you continue to learn over years not weeks or even
20. months because there is always something new to learn especially as thesubject relates so much to history and where design originated from.However, short practical courses where you can add to your skills bylearning how to make soft furnishings, stencilling, painted furniture,painted fabrics or decorative paint effects are always worthwhile.Courses that offer qualifications also need careful consideration too andare not necessarily the best. Currently, qualifications to become adesigner or run a business as a designer are not necessary or requiredespecially if you have a raw talent and passion for creative design. If youare already good at it, then a qualification wont make any difference toyour ability as its already there.Qualifications suggest that a high standard of learning and workmanshipare offered and guaranteed but is it really possible to guaranteesomeones work based on what they have studied on a distance learningcourse or short practical course. The answer is no, so dont be fooled ormislead by the words qualification. They really dont mean that much.Whichever country you live in, before you enrol on your chosen course,try to research the market a little first to find out what kind of problems,if any, the industry is experiencing. Knowledge is power and it will be ofhuge benefit to you if you know how the market works before you startup in business.Degree courses are much longer term and better for the more seriouscareer minded but you need to think about how you are going to fit intothe marketplace after you have done your degree. You also need to weighup very carefully, how many work options a degree course will offer youafter you have graduated. The UK textile industry has been in decline foryears and is still in chaos. You need to know what you could offer andexpect from working in this industry if you studied a degree in textiledesign for example. Ideally you would be told the current economic
21. problems and begin your degree on the principle of bringing in new ideasto boost the flagging textile industry.There are thousands of highly creative people working successfully withinthe industry without degrees or any other form of training. They arenaturally artistically talented and creative and have gone on to live theirdream. I believe the secret of their success is because theyve got aunique product or idea, have found a niche and captured their market.This is exactly the same as I have done and I did not take a degree toachieve it.If you are embarking on a learning course with the idea of starting abusiness, you need that course to contain detailed training about runninga business (See our distance learning course). Without this basic insightinto how a business operates, you are effectively wasting your time andmoney because unless you know how to set up in business, work outcosts, plan advertising and promotional materials, study market highsand lows and find customers and trade suppliers, you will not be verysuccessful.Its all very well becoming an interior designer but turning knowledge intoprofit requires business learning. When you request details of any learning course, do make sure that the prospectus answers all your questions about what you can expect to gain from enrolling and what opportunities such a course can lead to in the long term. Make sure all of this is in writing and find out what kind of ongoing support you can expect when the course ends. You do have to be realistic in the sense that any course can only teach you the academics, it cannot turn you into
22. a successful business person or celebrated designer overnight. This isonly achievable after several years of becoming established and havingmany happy customers.If the market is saturated, does that mean that I wont findwork as an Interior Designer?No, there is always work and opportunity and again it comes back tobeing flexible. With all the TV programmes and home design magazines,people are far more confident at rolling up their sleeves and having a goat redesigning and decorating themselves.The problem is that the camera lens does not pick up on key importantconsiderations such as room preparation, size and perspective of room,amount of natural light and period and style of house. Withoutconsidering these vital factors, many people get it terribly wrong andthen consult the interior designer or house doctor for advice on putting itright.The other problem with so many TV lifestyle programmes on renovating,DIY and interior design is that they are very misleading and mostly theyare now purely for entertainment value. This means you cannot take themtoo seriously. The expenditure involved in some of the projects shown onTV must run into thousands of dollars plus behind the scenes there areteams of handymen and decorators all working together to get the jobdone within the time scale. In real life, this just doesnt happen. Budgetsmust be very carefully worked out to the last cent and a lot of time anddiscussion is involved as well as periodic re-evaluation of the work as itprogresses.Dont believe all you see on the television, it simply doesnt work like that.In the UK, and as a direct result of these programmes being watched bysuch a large audience, DIY accidents have rapidly increased resulting in
23. death and serious injury to many people who thought the job looked so easy that they could do it without seeking the help of a professional. It is a very serious issue and part of being a designer requires that you recognise work that you can successfully undertake while other work be left to those who are professionally qualified and insured to carry out such work. Many people enrol on design courses but lose interest and enthusiasm for putting into practice the ideas and training that they have learned.Some people find that they are just not cut out to run a business whilstothers prefer the stability of a regular paid job.Then, as with every profession, there are the bad and the good designers.The bad ones obviously dont last long while the good ones carry on toreap the rewards of their profession.So, although the market is highly competitive and saturated, providingyou are prepared to be flexible and diverse, there is room for everybody.What does the term "Interior Designer" mean?Broadly, it means offering advice and suggestions for colour schemes,room planning, soft furnishing styles, fabrics, sourcing products,decorative design ideas and altering the layout of any room in the homeas well as carrying out any practical interior decoration such as painteffects, stencilling, re upholstering furniture or giving a face lift to tiredlooking furniture. You can offer one, some or all of these services andstill refer to yourself as an interior designer or popular in America is theterm, house doctor.
24. For myself personally, interior design is about well thought out colourschemes, room planning, period home style, painted walls, hand paintedfurniture, hand drawn stencil designs and my own painted fabrics andsoft furnishing ideas. I dont like wallpaper or printed fabrics so I dontinclude these as part of my service to customers.I have therefore built a speciality interior design business, found a nicheand have an endless supply of customers (and students)!Do I need to be creative and artistic to become an InteriorDesigner?Yes, you do need a certain amount of creative flair and artistic licence.Many people are drawn to the ideal of becoming an interior designerbecause of its glamour image . As I spend a lot of time holding apaintbrush and wearing an apron, I have yet to discover how anyone findsthe profession to be glamorous!What other practical skills do I need to become an InteriorDesigner?On a good learning course you will learn the importance of developing atrained eye for visual detail, how to spot potential, develop creative flair,work with practical problems and build up a library of resources as wellas learn about colour, lighting and space and how to use it. All theseskills can be easily taught and easily learned plus you can always receivehelp from our end if you are stuck with a particular problem.The other most important skills I believe are vital are large amounts ofmotivation, enthusiasm, commitment and passion for the subject you arelearning about.
25. If you are going to be offering a service and working with the public, youalso need good people and communication skills.