6 things you should know about becoming an interior decorator

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With increasing modular homes, interior designing has become a booming career choice as smart designing within the limited spaces has become a need more than a want. Becoming an interior decorator however involves a lot of hard work teamed with natural instinct. Here are six things that you need to know before deciding if it’s cut out for you:


1). Natural flair

Do you obsessively look at decor magazines and related information? You also receive frequent compliments on your decorating tastes and are requested for your inputs on decorating? If you think you can relate to that then you have a flair for decorating. It doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to be decorator but it is a good sign. You can follow up your passion with a diploma in interior designing which would certainly add to your credibility.


2). Don’t go by looks

Interior designing isn’t only about the colour schemes, furniture styling or textiles. It involves a wide range of aspects. Interior designers need to be aware about the history of designing, structural integrity, building codes, ethics, psychology and new aspects like computer aided drawing. They also need to interact with a wide variety of people from different backgrounds like architects, government agencies etc. So it is important that they have a well-rounded education. Learning the basics not only polishes your latent talent but it will also open your mind to past trends and styles and will give you grounding in the subject.


3). Job opportunities

Most decorators are residential decorators. But many find opportunities in the hotel or restaurant industry. Opportunities in these industries usually require specific qualifications. Interior designers also find openings in home store, curtain/ fabric stores and home supply centres. So the more exposure and experience you have working in the industry, the more successful you are likely to be.


4). Client management

People are finicky. While there are a few clients who know exactly what they want, chances are you will meet many who think they know what they want but aren’t quite sure about it. They might agree to everything you suggest but end up not liking the outcome.

A successful interior designer needs to be a peoples’ person. You will have to constantly balance the scales between correct design decisions and a bizarre client request. In the end, you need to make the client feel happy about their home.


4). Build a portfolio

The key to success is getting noticed. One way to do this would be to build a strong portfolio. A picture says a thousand words and great portfolio will give you a boost. No matter how good you are you will understand the nitty-gritty details only when you get down and do it. Initially you might have to offer your design services for free to get opportunities and add to your portfolio. It is also a great way to build a rapport with suppliers and other support workers. Once you have a portfolio going, you can land some great opportunities with skilful marketing, effort and experience.


5). Final say

An interior designer can offer the client a wide variety of choices and steer them towards a favourable outcome but ultimately it is up to the client to make a choice that suits their style.

Although you have degrees in design and have good sense of style, what may work for you might not work for a client.


So consider these propositions before you take the plunge into the world of interior designing!