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  1. 1. INTHENUTSHELL Interior decoratorsaremoreindemand thaneverbefore.Mostarehiredto decoratehomes(includingyachts!), but theyarealsohiredtodecorateinteriors ofa widevarietyofbusinesses. Asaninteriordecoratoryou willhavethe satisfaction of making yourvisiona reality. Youwillmeetinterestingpeople, andbecausemany peoplewho hire interior decoratorsarewealthy, you will likelyspend timeinmany beautiful homes.Ifyoustartyourown interior decoratingbusinessyouwillenjoy thefreedomandfinancialrewardsof beingyourownboss.Andperhapsmost importantlyyourinterior decorating "work"willbefun,interesting,and personallyrewarding. 6
  2. 2. TIPS TO SUCCESS AS AN INTERIOR DESINGER Hard- Working Nature Knowledge of Diverse Design Styles Ability to Multi-Tas k. Great Listening Skills A Winning Attitude. Success Tips Great Listening Skills It is vital that the interior designer listen to clients’ wants and needs, both aesthetically and functionally A Winning Attitude. Great interior decorators need a winning attitude to conquer challenges. They must see the possibilities in a variety of situations. A Love of Decorating Interior designers should have a genuine love of all the aspects of interior design. Detail-Oriented Nature. A designer who pays attention to detail will bring a room to life through the use of colour and texture. Details can make a beautiful space more special by bringing personal touches of you into the room. Ability to Multi-Task Interior designer must coordinate with delivery schedules, construction workers and balance it all within your budget. Creativity. Interior designer should have the creativity it takes to transform your furniture into new art. 5
  3. 3. 7 RESPONSIBILITIES developing initial ideas and acquiring key information about potential projects, discussing requirements in detail with clients (the brief) and setting project schedules; understanding clients' needs and the needs of the people using the building, developing design concepts in consultation with the client and establishing final briefs considering materials and costs according to set budgets and negotiating project fees producing 'sample' or 'mood' boards for presentation to clients sourcing products, e.g. fittings, furniture, lighting, finishes, decoration and dressing, and providing samples for clients preparing detailed working drawings, designs, plans, models and schemes, often using computer-aided design (CAD) software an interior designer may also sometimes act as a project manager for the client throughout the construction stage. This can involve coordinating the design on site and even managing the construction team. working closely with quantity surveyors to establish costs and work schedules on larger projects, with architects and other design professionals to determine the best use of space, and with manufacturers and contractors keeping up to date with new developments in the design industry 4
  4. 4. WHAT DOES AN INTERIOR DESIGNER DO? The main purpose of interior design is to create a comfortable and aesthetically pleasing interior space. Contrary to popular belief, interior design is more than just decorating, although that is a part of it. In fact, designing the interior of a building begins well before it is even built. An interior designer is a type of designer that helps plan and decorate interior spaces in either commercial or residential spaces. As with many other professions, an interior designer will often specialize in a certain area of interior design. Some designers, for instance will work closely with architects during the initial planning stages of a building. These designers will help architect create a comfortable and functional living space. For instance, they may assist with floor plans and window placement. Other interior designers prefer to work only on already completed buildings. These types of designers typically decorate and upgrade interior rooms. Some interior designers specialize in certain rooms, like bathrooms and kitchens, while others may specialize in a certain type of design, like feng shui design or eco-friendly design. To be successful, an interior designer must have excellent people and communication skills. Many times, clients who hire interior designers have certain ideas of how they want their space to look, and an interior designer must be able to accomidate them. Since most clients also have strict budgets, an interior designer must also be able to manage money very well WHATISINTERIOR DESIGN? 2
  5. 5. Where does an interior designer work? When they are just starting their careers, many interior designers choose to work with large interior design companies. As they gain more experience, however, some will go on to open their own businesses. Interior designers may also work with architecture firms, manufacturers, and real estate companies. Typical work activities Interior designers plan and organise the design of commercial and domestic interiors. Projects may take place in a range of settings, including: - office space and industrial premises - retail locations, e.g. shops, cafes , forecourts - leisure spaces, e.g. hotels, cinema, foyers, holiday complexes - residential development - domestic properties - ships and aircraft - public buildings, e.g. museums and civic buildings 3 Dalian museum Guardian building interior. The offices of the Guardian Newspaper, in King's Place, Kings Cross, London.