What is An Interior Designer?
Interior designers are creative, imaginative and artistic. They also
need to be disciplined, organized and skilled business people.
Combining knowledge with aesthetic vision, interior designers
work with clients and other design professionals to develop design
solutions that are safe, functional, attractive and meet the needs of
the people using the space.
As is the case with any career, the practice of interior design can
be rewarding and fulfilling if hard work prevails. Excelling at
interior design requires energy, technical proficiency, vision and dedication.
Keys to Success
As members of a service profession, interior designers’ fortunes
depend on their ability to satisfy clients. Thus, they must
understand artistic and technical requirements of a project, interpersonal
communication, and management strategies.
- Artistic and Technical Requirements
Interior designers must know how to plan a space and how to present that
plan visually so that it can be communicated to the client. Interior designers
must also know about the materials and products that will be used to create
and furnish the space, and how texture, color, lighting and other factors
combine and interact to make a space. In addition, interior designers must
understand the structural requirements of their plans, the health and safety
issues, building codes, and many other technical aspects.
- Interpersonal Communications
Interior designers must be comfortable
meeting and dealing with many kinds of people. They must communicate
clearly and effectively, as well as be attentive listeners.
Because they often must work with architects, contractors and
other service providers, interior designers need to be both
good team leaders and good team players. They must be willing
to negotiate and mediate when necessary to solve problems.
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- Management Strategies
Interior designers must have excellent
time and project management abilities since they frequently
work on more than one project at a time under demanding deadlines.
Interior designers must understand business planning, and they
need to know how to sell their ideas to clients, create informative and
persuasive proposals and presentations, and maintain good client