Do you love arranging furniture and decorating rooms? Do you always receive compliments the taste of your interior design? If that is the case then a career of interior design is the right for you. However, before you embark on a lifetime career in interior design, there a number of important things you need to equip yourself with about the world of design. The world of design faces a lot of challenges, some may excite you while others may not. On that note, let’s look at some 10 things you need to know about becoming an interior designer.
1. An interior decorator and interior designer are two different people:
When it comes to interior decoration, literally anyone can become one. Interior decoration generally involves playing with fabric, colors, and textile. You can just become a decorator by simply printing and promoting business cards to your clients. You need some bit of educational background for you to manage this. On the other hand, interior design is a full course that needs an accredited bachelor’s degree in requiting for simply working in the field of interior design. For you to be a complete interior designer you must have completed your bachelors’ certificate and not just having the decorating skills.
2. Passion for design is key:
Becoming a designer may seem obvious but truth be told that you need an innate passion for spatial arrangements, color textile, and architecture. The first step in the success of your career is following your passion.
3. Interior design is not all about fabric and fun:
While color, furniture, and fabric may play a very significant role in interior design, there are many other things- that may not seem fun required of interior design. As a good designer, you need to be educated about the structural integrity of the building, history of design, spatial concepts, psychology, ethics, ergonomics, computer-aided drawing, building codes and much more.
4. Interior designers’ salary isn’t as high as you think:
After all such vast education, shouldn’t someone be paid well0? That may be a question lingering in your mind but it all depends. Research indicates that the median entry-level salary for an interior designer in the USA is roughly $42, 380 per year. Some of the factors that determine your salary include work, location, experience, size of the company/firm and education. An interior designer in a high-end architectural company is likely to be paid higher than one in a furniture firm.
5. You need to be a people’s person:
A good interior designer ought to be a mitigator or rather a person who can read the mind of a client. Someone who pleases people importantly steers his clients towards a favorable result while making them feel in full control of the entire project.
6. Portfolio of your work will do you good:
When it comes to interior design, a picture plays a picture says a thousand words. You can spend an entire day talking about textile and color but unless you have your own portfolio that showcases your projects and designs your success and an interior designer is far and few.
7. Interior design is very competitive:
The interior design market as a business is very competitive. For you to be successful you need to network and importantly make yourself noticed. As earlier mentioned, having a portfolio of your own will play a great role in marketing you. You need to stand out, have extensive knowledge about the field and importantly look at the future trends such as designing for elderly, population growth and importantly green design.
8. As a designer, you must equip yourself with local codes and laws:
As well-educated designer doesn’t avoid some of the crucial building codes and local laws. Some detail in regard to the subject might be boring but don’t forget them since they are required in the interior design. Learning about electricity, plumbing codes and load-bearing might not excite you but it’s required.
9. It’s not about your style but theirs:
In as much as designers might offer clients a variety of designs to choose from, it’s up to the client to choose what style suits him best. Simply because designers are educated and possess a good taste doesn’t mean that they have a superior taste over their clients.
10. Being organized while multi-tasking is necessary:
It’s important to note that as your success grows, so is the number of projects you have to do at a time. Therefore, while working on multiple projects overseeing a number of designs, details and decisions organization is key. Make sure you have enough time for you and everyone else.