Steps to Becoming an Interior Designer

Interior designers have many faces; they observe, they invent, they start trends, they inspire and they create new and innovative ways of decorating your home. Most often designers run projects, are part of or create new businesses and can work freelance. If you’re considering a career as an interior designer, you hold an interest in design or you simply are looking for a new hobby, there are steps you can take to become one. It does require an eye for fashion, or at least the knowledge of current fashion or trends, above all it requires passion.

Good interior designers have a talent for observing what is right for what room. They can walk into a space, a room and start to build a picture of what could be done with the space. Training your eye to pick up on details and start to think in this way is the first step to becoming a designer. Using magazines, articles and showrooms as inspiration you can train yourself to start recognising space and potential when you walk into a new room for the first time. Practice exercises such as this to begin with and it will become more and more natural to you over time.

Education is important; obtaining a relevant certification in professional interior design will not only teach you about interior design but it will give weight to your potential clients and your reputation in the future. You need to prove you have certified skills in your area to make a name for yourself. A degree will even help you acquire a job for a designing company, which is your way in to networking in the sector.

They say that practice makes perfect and in this profession it’s essential to stay on top of your game and keep practising to polish your skills whenever possible. Offer to do work for no pay with friends and family once your house is well and truly out-designed. Aim to build a portfolio keeping a record of all your work you do; this is a great way to exhibit your work to potential clients and keep a real-time CV in check for potential new companies for work experience. You can also build up contacts this way; the bigger your portfolio and the more contacts you have the more chance you have of gaining bigger and financially rewarding contracts.

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