Interior Designer

Average Salary: £23,000 - £28,000
Competition: HIGH
Years Experience: 1-4 years

Job Summary

I think if a home was designed like an office, it just wouldn’t feel comfortable and homely. But it might make you more productive doing work! That’s the sort of power an Interior Designer can have, when designing and renovating internal spaces. They design the interior of private homes, offices, hotels, high street shops and many more. From structural alterations to the colour schemes, Interior Designers have a say in most things that concerns the interior.

Duties

With any type of project, Interior Designers have to consider safety, comfort, style and space in their role. Usually they’ll have the following job responsibilities:

  • Meeting with the clients to understand their needs and ideas
  • Developing an initial design plan and budget estimate, according to the clients’ requirements
  • Conducting research on materials and concepts to use, that would be within budget
  • Selecting products such as fittings, furniture, lighting and decor, within budget
  • Preparing thorough drawings, designs and models, by hand and using computer-aided design (CAD) software
  • Keeping up-to-date with the latest industry developments and trends

Key Skills & Characteristics

An Interior Designer should:

  • Have excellent communication skills, being able to explain and present ideas clearly
  • Possess a good eye for design and an attention to detail
  • Have superb drawing skills by hand and with use of CAD
  • Show strong organisation and time-management skills
  • Be able to problem solve effectively, whilst showing creative and innovative prowess

Entry Routes

To reign as an Interior Designer, it would be a good start to complete a degree in a relevant subject, such as Interior Design, 3D Design or Interior Architecture. This will open your eyes up like Bambi, to design techniques that will be useful in the job itself. Design software that employers could expect you to have knowledge of, are as follows:

  • AutoCad
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Revit
  • SketchUp

Although a degree can be a good stepping stone, work experience is vital. We won’t lie to you, it’s competitive out there. So try and get as much experience as you can, by interning, getting work placements and volunteering. Attend related networking events and build connections – you may end up talking to someone who can lead you into a job.

Job Progression

Junior Interior Designer

Interior Designer

Senior Interior Designer

Interior Design Director

Advice From Our Experts

The Good

  • Creativity – There’s such a variety of ways you can be creative, i.e. colours, materials etc
  • High Satisfaction – It’s a great feeling when you’ve helped create an enjoyable environment for an individual
  • Variety – Nearly every project you do, will be different

The Bad

  • Budget Constraints – Tight budgets can hinder the potential of a project
  • Difficult Clients – Some clients will have unreasonable demands and expectations
  • Uninspiring Projects – Few projects can be uninspiring, especially if clients are demanding