Have you ever spent hours and hours rearranging pieces of furniture in your house? Or maybe you can't take your eyes off fashionable antique furniture while walking along in special shops or second-hand stores? Are you obsessed with accent walls and window treatments? If you have given at least one positive answer you are welcome to join the ranks of potential interior designers. By uniting your talent, creativity and good education in the field you may get great opportunities to become a real professional interior decorator. Besides, you are going to earn a comfortable living due to following your inner longing.
The profession of an interior designer overwhelms many creative skills. First of all, creative service professionals have to plan and design spaces in public buildings and private homes.
Having such a profession a person should also have good communicative skills because an interior designer also has to work with clients as well as with other design professionals, for instance, architects. Only having all this a designer can create really comfortable, functional and beautiful surroundings. Besides, the job of an interior decorator includes perfect aesthetic technique, as well as customer service and a keen sense for creative visualization. Every designer should be able to meet his or her client's interests and requirements, that's why coming to understanding is also of great importance.
While working with a client interior designers make recommendations for materials to be used and must explain how various colors, textures, and lighting schemes are. They also may give advice concerning combination and interaction of different materials, textures, shades, colors, lights etc. Only when a client is satisfied with his new lovely design, the work may be considered to be successful.
In the end it should be mentioned that interior designers must also understand technical requirements of a given space, including health (whether their clients have any illnesses conflicting with used materials) and safety regulations (especially when small children live in the house), and building codes (the whole structure of a building should be taken into account).
Depending on your goals in career growth your desire to earn much money and preparedness to face the competition, you are welcome to search some other industries more suitable than others. The matter is that there are special architecture firms as well as specialized design institutions which tend to offer higher and more stable salaries. According to data of May 2007, mean annual earnings for designers in specialized design services stood at $51,520. Designers working for engineering, architectural, and related services had salaries of $52,000 on average.
It should be mentioned that if you're looking for a more convenient pay scale and flexible schedule, you can start your independent trade as a self-employed interior designer. In the year of 2006 the Bureau of Labor Statistics accounted for self-employed interior designers and it was defined that 26 percent of interior designers were self-employed, that is they had their own business in the field.