We as an interior designer plan the design of living and commercial environments. We then manage the work of turning our ideas into a reality. We need to design a space that is practical for its purpose as well as visually pleasing.
Projects can be broad in scope, ranging from structural alterations to the choice of furnishings, curtains, wallpaper and lighting. The role includes:
working to a brief, which details what the space will be used for
inspecting and surveying buildings
negotiating fees and setting schedules for the project
researching and drawing up rough plans
developing detailed designs and choosing materials
supervising the work as it is carried out.
Interior designers typically work 39 hours a week, Monday to Friday. Some evening and weekend work may be required. Designers are based in design studios, although a lot of time is spent on location. Self-employed designers may work from home.
creativity and imagination
an eye for design, including colour, and good 3D awareness
the ability to visualise concepts and explain them to others
good drawing and IT skills
an interest in changing trends in design.