The job of designing and constructing a building entails the skills of many professionals. Architects design the buildings, structural engineers ensure the buildings safety, and other engineers take care of the buildings utilities. Another professional that is integral to the success of the building is the interior designer who is responsible for planning the design of commercial and living environments. The designer manages the task of turning ideas into actual livable spaces.
Based on their clients requirements, interior designers design spaces that are visually appealing and are practical for their purposes. Interior design projects can be broad, ranging from choosing lighting, wallpaper, curtains, and furnishings to dealing with structural changes. Some of the interior designers tasks are:
- Working to come up with a concept while focusing on the details and the space’s purpose
- Surveying and inspecting buildings
- Setting project schedules and negotiating fees
- Researching and conceptualizing plans
- Choosing materials and developing detailed blueprints
- Supervising the work and ensuring that it is according to the client’s needs
Many interior designers work in interior design firms, although many designers work independently and out of their own homes. While being based in offices, interior designers spend a lot of time on location. An interior designer usually possesses various skills, including:
- Imagination and creativity
- A good design eye including 3D awareness and color coordination
- Being capable of visualizing concepts and relaying them to clients and colleagues
- Good IT and drawing skills
- An interest in changing design trends
The Work of an Interior Designer
An interior designer should be prepared to be working on projects like industrial units and offices, homes, shops, restaurants, hotels, historic buildings, public buildings, and vehicles like aircraft and cruise ships.
An interior designer should design a space, which is visually appealing and functional. Moreover, an interior designer should effectively communicate with clients and the designer must be able to translate the clients ideas into paper. The job of an interior designer, while interesting, is not always easy. During the course of the project, a client may want some alterations. Most of the time, the alterations come in when the design has already been implemented.
Being a designer can be a rewarding job, despite the intensive training the interior designer has to go through. Moreover, the job is made more enjoyable as designers go to job sites and supervise the work particularly in laying out furniture and installing accessories like lighting, flooring, and wallpaper. The interior designers end goal, however, is to satisfy the client and make sure that the final result is what the client wants.
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