How to Become an Interior Designer?

It is widely known and commonly accepted that all of us are fond of finding ourselves in comfortable surroundings, whether it is referred to a venue, a room or a building as a whole, since all of us tend to feel more comfortable and thus more productive when we find ourselves in the surroundings that come up to our needs and preferences. Therefore, when one finds oneself in such a pleasant venue, one’s mood immediately tends to improve as well and thus they become more friendly and capable of both doing their regular daily tasks and taking up various activities. And, have any of you, readers out there, ever wondered who we should thank for providing us with cozy and snug surrounding that we feel comfortable in and also for providing us with facilities specialized for performing certain activities in them?

Whom Should We Thank for Pleasant Indoor Surroundings?

The answer is – interior designers! Anyone who came up with that very answer would be correct, because, when it comes to the working position of an interior designer, they are the ones who all of us should be grateful to for providing us with venues that satisfy our needs and reach our expectations. Therefore, this article dedicates mostly to the lovely working position of an interior designer, with an aim to reveal what that working position exactly entails.

Besides, there might be some among the readers out there who possibly have a desire to give a chance to the career this article is about. Maybe some of them are already interested in becoming true and professional interior designers, who should be widely admired. Therefore, this article will, hopefully, not only be interesting, but it will also appear helpful to the ones who see themselves as interior designers in nearer or further future. So, let us get down to revealing the secrets of the beautiful vocation of an interior designer!

Essential Vocation

First of all, let us get one thing straight. We are all quite familiar with the fact that our very civilization would by no means be able to function if it was not for indoor surroundings of any kind, whether those are various venues, facilities specialized for a certain purpose, private family houses, or buildings with private flats or public places and facilities such as schools, hospitals, etc. Besides, it has already been mentioned in this article that people tend to feel more comfortable and thus appear more productive provided that they have found themselves in comfortable indoors surroundings. What is also essential, especially when it comes to certain specialized facilities where people work, it is important that these facilities offer them the possibility to be surrounded by the tools of their trade, or in other words, to offer them the possibility to easily access anything they might need for completing their work and reaching the requirements set for them.

Therefore, someone has to provide such a huge variety of facilities with all the utensils required and to make them comfortable as well. And that is the point at which we need to call for a professional and a creative interior designer. Therefore, interior designers are essential when it comes to organizing any residential structure, room or venue and thus they should be widely admired.

Ubiquitous Vocation

We have already determined what the basic responsibility of any interior designer is, which is to create an indoor space in the way that it will be both comfortable and useful for the ones who spend their time there, whether they live there, work, or spend their leisure time in a certain facility. Besides, indoor surroundings tend to pop up from everywhere, isn’t that so? Well, it is obvious that we are surrounded by various buildings and residential structures, whether we live in a rural or an urban area. Therefore, various buildings are something that is more than ubiquitous in our very world and all of us would agree on that. Thus, all of those structures have their indoor space that will be used for a certain purpose and they must have that indoor space planned by someone. Those who will organize the indoors of various facilities are interior designers. And, since the buildings they work on are ubiquitous, the working position of an interior designer is ubiquitous as well, since they are needed everywhere along with their creativity and ideas.

What Do Interior Designers Do?

Some of the perks of being an interior designer by vocation have already been mentioned in this article, such as the fact that their work is essential and their working environment ubiquitous. Nevertheless, apart from numerous perks, the working position of an interior designer brings various responsibilities along as well. Besides, this working position also requires attaining and honing various skills and having numerous qualities apart from being extremely creative and able to come up with different solutions quickly when it comes to organizing a certain indoor space. To cut the long story short, we will now get down to explaining what the desirable working position of an interior designer exactly entails.

Here is the list of the basic responsibilities and tasks that are set for any interior designer:

  • They need to design a space that will reach the requirements of its occupants, people who live, work, or spend their leisure time there
  • They need to combine various aspects, such as light, color, texture, various materials in order to provide their clients with the most pleasant and useful indoor space
  • Interior designers must always pay attention to the aesthetics, but also to the safety of the space they are creating and the fact that it should be utilizing
  • The work of a professional and highly skillful designer can boost office productivity, increase sales and even attract a more affluent clientele when it comes to designing a certain business indoor space. Therefore, professional, creative and resourceful designers are highly admired and well paid. Ambitious business persons are always on the market for such skillful interior designers and therefore this career is quite fruitful and offers many opportunities.

Before we proceed to the next part of this article, it is important to point out that there is a wide gap between interior designers and interior decorators and these two should not be mistaken one for the other since being an interior designer is a much more responsible vocation that entails more tasks, which will be thoroughly explained further in the article.

Working Environment of an Interior Designer

It has already been mentioned in this article that interior designers are essential when it comes to putting any facility or any residential structure in function, which makes their working position inevitable and ubiquitous. In addition to that, the work of a talented and skillful interior designer can consequentially lead the business of the person who works in the facility they designed towards improvement. However, since we have already come clear with what interior designers can work on, the next question that may pop up is where they find their work environment.

The fact is that a load of working positions has been spilling into the virtual world nowadays. Since almost all of us in the contemporary society are digital natives, all of us resort to using technology a lot when it comes to our education or private life. The same applies to work. When it comes to working environment, many interior designers desire to cooperate with their foreign colleagues, and therefore they work online a lot. Besides, a huge number of interior designers choose to become freelancers and work on various online platforms of websites.

To cut the long story short, we will now create a list of the places where interior designers can work:

    • Office or co-working space
    • Working in a certain business facility/ for a certain company
    • Working from home, or where ever there is Wi-Fi
    • Working as a freelancer on an internet website of platform such as: Upwork, Elance, Freelancer.

Since technology provides interior designers with a possibility to prepare photorealistic 3-D renderings and finish their projects without a direct contact with a customer, many of them decide to work as freelancers and complete their tasks online. Therefore, they can save their time since they are provided with a possibility to work from home.

How to Become an Interior Designer?

Since this article reveals the nature of the working position of an interior designer and it also brings up the advantages of this job, it would be essential to point out how it is possible to become capable of taking this working position up, or in other words, what it takes to become a successful interior designer.

Therefore, we will create a list that will contain pieces of advice and various hacks aimed at the ones who desire to become interior designers and the ones who are simply interested in getting to know more about this working position:

      • Understand that this working position is versatile and be aware of your responsibilities.

It has already been mentioned in this article that being an interior decorator is not nearly the same as being an interior designer. That is because the job of an interior designer is much more versatile and it entails a broader range of tasks. Interior designers are not only expected to come up with creative ideas regarding the aesthetics of an indoors space, but also to provide its future occupants with safety and the sufficient working conditions. Therefore, every interior designer must be aware of his or her responsibilities.

      • You must follow your passion in order to succeed.

What every interior designer needs to know is the fact that their working position is not all down to striving for success no matter what and being mostly responsible. It is actually the other way around – since the working position of an interior designer is itself quite artistic, interior designers ought to have a sense of aesthetics and to be dedicated to art and to their work. To put it simply, an interior designer who is aiming for success must be passionate about his or her work. Therefore, passion is one of the crucial things for a successful future career in this area.

      • You will have to accept and embrace the dull part of the work as well.

One of the facts that all of us tend to omit from time to time is that no working position comes only with pleasant activities and tasks that one is supposed to express one’s creativity, skills and resourcefulness through. Therefore, every career has its ups and downs as well as every working position brings some boring details and tasks along. But, to be able to proceed to the fun part, everyone must face up to those boring tasks firstly. When it comes to interior designers in particular, apart from having fun while working with fabric, colors and combining different textures in order to create a true miracle, they also need to be educated in:

      • the history of interior design
      • the structural integrity of buildings
      • building codes
      • ergonomics
      • spatial concepts
      • ethics
      • psychology
      • computer-aided drawing (CAD), etc.
      • Be the Jack-Of-All-Trades!

To sum the previous paragraph of the article up, a professional interior designer is expected to hone a huge variety of versatile skills and to gain broad knowledge in various fields, not only in the field of art and design. This is because an interior designer will not appear as the owner of the indoor space he or she designs, and therefore they need to be well informed about people and their preferences, and to be informed about what they can offer and what the best solution can be. In addition to that, interior designers are expected to be Jacks-of-all-trades since they will inevitably have to cooperate with people from similar areas who also work on creating structural objects, such as architects or builders, and they will also need to collaborate with the potential future occupants of the facility such as business owners or government agencies.

      • Be up to date with the news and the new techniques and trends in the field of interior design.

We are all familiar with the fact that none of us humans is flawless, and the same may definitely apply to interior designers as well. They also have their ups and downs and we all know that, no matter how creative an interior designer might be, all of them can encounter a certain period with the lack of ideas. Therefore, in order to be able to get back in the game and obtain new and fresh ideas, it is mostly important for an interior designer to always be up to date with the news in their field. Thus, one of the best pieces of advice regarding this topic is to recommend an interior designer to read publications and follow websites such as Freshhome (http://freshome.com/), where they can find new ideas and loads of information from their area.

Since we have listed all these pieces of advice that we hope will appear helpful to all the ones out there who might have considered to take up interior design as their future working position, let us now proceed to create a list of basic skills that an interior designer needs to have:

      • Sense of aesthetics
      • Creativity
      • Resourcefulness
      • Willingness for cooperation
      • Communication skills (believe it or not)
      • Negotiation skills
      • A highly developed portfolio
      • Being ambitious as well as competitive
      • Broad education in various fields : the history of interior design
      • the structural integrity of buildings
      • building codes
      • ergonomics
      • spatial concepts
      • ethics
      • psychology
      • computer-aided drawing (CAD), etc.

When it comes to education, it is important to mention that gaining knowledge in various fields is a must for every interior designer who hopes for a successful future career. Therefore, the following part of this article will focus on that topic regarding interior design.

What Does It Take to Getting Properly Educated as an Interior Designer?

The ones who are reading this article have already been informed about the fact that being an interior designer is a highly responsible and demanding working position that requires gaining broad and thorough knowledge in a variety of different fields. The next question that may arise after getting to know this fact is where a person interested in interior design may obtain such knowledge, what formal education programs are offered for interior designers at schools, colleges or universities. Besides, one may ask oneself whether proper education in the field of interior design can be gained through attending various online courses or not and which courses seem to be the best.

Bachelor Studies

When it comes to such responsible working positions such as interior design, the majority of the ones interested in it still do prefer to attend a certain university or a formal educational program rather than to finish an online course. Therefore, here is the list of the best schools for interior design in the United States:

      • New York School of Interior Design; The greatest advantage: it takes most of the students only six months to obtain their degree
      • Parsons The New School for Design; The greatest advantage: the program focuses on commercial design and collaborative work
      • Pratt Institute; The greatest advantage: 93% of the students get a job assignment right after graduation
      • Rhode Island School of Design, has high rankings on the list by Design Intelligence and Design Schools Hub
      • Savannah College of Art and Design; The greatest advantage – offers the opportunity to get in touch with and get informed about the other artistic programs and fields
      • Fashion Institute of Technology

This was the list of institutes, schools and colleges in the United States that offer programs in interior design among their curriculum, which have been ranked the highest by the renowned organizations investigating this field, Design Intelligence and Design Schools Hub.

This article by no means tends to avoid the bachelor programs offered at the universities in the United States. So, here is the list of those universities as well:

      • Cornell University
      • Drexel University
      • Syracuse University
      • University of Cincinnati – School of Architecture and Interior Design

Master Studies

When it comes to the formal education in the fields that are demanding such as the field of interior design, at a certain point of one’s career, one may come to the conclusion that one needs further education in the field. Therefore, the best solution is to go for a master’s degree. Thus, the list of the most widely renowned master’s degrees will be created further in the article.

Online Courses

For the ones out there who would prefer to attend an online course in interior design rather than to enroll in a university that has this program in the curriculum, here is the auspicious news: there is a huge variety of online courses and learning materials that are available for free. In order to assist you in choosing the one most suitable for you, here is the list of the ones with the highest rank:

      • Autodesk Homestyler
      • Decorating Studio
      • Home and Garden Television (Design 101)
      • Principles of Design and Daylighting offered by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
      • Open University
      • Sweet Home 3-D
      • Utah Education Network

Certification and Degree

Various certificates in interior design can be obtained after attending one of the online courses listed above. Furthermore, if someone finishes one of the bachelor programs at the aforementioned universities and schools, one may get Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design. In addition to that, here is the list of the most widely renowned master’s degrees in interior design:

      • Master (MA) Environment Design
      • Specialization Course – Territorial Mosaic
      • Master of Interior Architecture
      • Master in Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Design and Technology
      • Master in Home Luxury Collection Design.

Job Outlook

When it comes to the job outlook for interior designers, it has already been mentioned in this article how this working position is essential when it comes to creating any kind of residential structure and any kind of indoor space and that it is quite ubiquitous and versatile. Therefore, interior designers may work on a variety of facilities, for example, they can engage in industrial design if they prefer to, or they can choose to design private single houses of flats as well as business facilities.

Salary

According to the results of the research conducted by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), an average annual salary of an interior designer appears to reach $48,840, whereas the expected job growth for this working position, according to the same research, is 4%.

Similar Occupations

We have already pointed out that one of the reasons why interior designers are supposed to gain such broad knowledge in various fields is that they are supposed to cooperate with various people who appear to be engaged in the occupations quite similar to the one of an interior designer. So, here is the list of those similar occupations:

      • Interior Decorator
      • Architect
      • Interior Architect
      • Industrial Designer
      • 3-D Designer

Hopefully, this article will appear helpful for all the readers out there who are interested in what it takes to become an interior designer.