How to become an Interior Designer

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Thinking about changing careers? How about changing rooms?

Interior Designers remodel and decorate rooms on behalf of their clients, usually for functional or aesthetic reasons.

They could specialise is residential remodelling, in houses or flats, focus on designing functional workplaces, work in the commercial or leisure industry or even in healthcare. But whether it’s a plain pub that’s losing its punters, an outdated office that doesn’t flow or a flat that needs Feng Shui-ing, an Interior Designer will never be far behind.

Typical duties for an Interior Designer could include:

  • Being briefed by clients to assess their needs
  • Determining budgets and monitoring costs
  • Researching possibilities and drawing up sketches and proposals
  • Managing contractors and overseeing work
  • Delivering the completed project back to the client

To become an Interior Designer, creative flair is absolutely essential. If your idea of giving a space a fresh feeling is adding a few plant pots and a sophisticated coffee-table book, this may not be the career for you.

However, being an Interior Designer isn’t solely about creative vision. To succeed in the industry you will also need excellent business acumen, especially when trying to bring everything under budget, and that needs to be front of mind whenever drafting up ideas.

Other key skills include:

  • A good sense of spatial awareness
  • Attention to detail
  • Imagination
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Objectivity
  • Excellent communication skills (listening, in particular, will be essential)

Junior Designer

Up to 20,000

Interior Designer

Up to 30,000

Senior Interior Designer

Up to 45,000

I absolutely love my job. I've always been really into design and homeware, although initially it was just something I took pride in in my own home. However, after becoming disillusioned in my career, I started looking up how to get into the industry. I completed a few courses and applied for a load of work experience placements, and haven’t looked back since. Every day I get to be creative, and try and come up with the perfect solution to my clients problems. And seeing everything come together and creating a happy and harmonious space that perfectly meets the clients brief (and comes under budget) is a great feeling.

Get qualified

To become an Interior Designer, you will generally need a specific design-based diploma or certification. However, relevant work experience could be enough to secure entry-level roles.


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