If working with people is your passion and if you love designing and decorating you can consider taking up interior designing as your profession. Numbers put up by the US Department of Labor suggest that on average an interior designer in the country earns $48,000 annually; but, there are also some who have a six-figure annual earning.
The primary job of an interior designer includes planning and decorating working and living spaces for his/her clients. There’s the option of working both as a freelance designer and as a representative of a design firm. It’s important that you have good communication and management skills as you may need to guide potentially inexperienced or indecisive clients on vital decisions.
The majority of the successful designers have specialization in a specific niche; examples of specializations include:
Green living (involve use of eco-friendly materials)
Business and corporate spaces
Sets (for commercial, television, and movie interiors)
Health care (medical facilities and hospitals)
The ASID or the American Society of Interior Designers requires interested individuals to complete three steps for becoming certified interior designers. The steps are as follows:
Complete a 4-year degree course in interior designing (it must be an accredited program)
Pass a test organized by the NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification)
Work under an ASID certified interior designer for a couple of years
Finding accredited interior design programs is easy. The National Association of Schools of Art & Design has put together a list containing names of over 360 accredited institutions offering design and art programs
What’s the difference between an interior designer and an interior decorator?
Were you aware of the fact that there are a number of famous interior designers who are not certified? The list includes big names like Barbara Barry, Nate Berkus, Jonathan Adler, Vicente Wolfe, and Kelly Wearstler. These individuals are the kings and queens of the world of design, but haven’t completed the three steps mentioned above. Technically, they should be called interior decorators. However, their immense talent and eagerness to learn along with their amazing networking abilities, and of course a little bit of luck, have allowed them to reach the top of the industry.
Whatever might be the way you adopt for becoming an interior designer, the tips below will assist you.
Assist another designer
The easiest and fastest way of acquitting some hands-on experience is working for an interior designer or at a reputable design firm. You may be hired as an intern, for the position of an assistant, or for an administrative job, you should miss the opportunity. This would allow you to understand how the business runs.
Always keep your contact information and business cards ready so that you can hand them out to every individual you meet. Put together a basic website featuring just a few sketches or photographs of your previous works; even if they are photos of a room in your own apartment, they would make a great beginner’s portfolio.
The first break you get might be as small as a window-treatment or a basement remodel project you should never let it go. Doing such jobs would help you in building long-term relationships and may lead to client referrals.
Keep yourself updated about materials, trends, and products
You might be the busiest interior designer around, but you will have to make time for gathering knowledge about the latest trends, industry news, and other related developments.