Do you love spending your time in homewares stores thinking about how to match products? Do you spend a lot of time rearranging furniture so that the house feels just right? Are you as excited about decorating your living space as we are? Then you just might have the eye of an interior designer!
What is an interior designer?
Interior designers are professional home artists. They use their knowledge of design to enhance the inside of a home for maximum health, productivity, and pleasure. There’s more to the job than just picking furniture – an interior designer may be involved with construction or renovation, they may design their own pieces, and all their work will involve planning, researching, and coordinating between suppliers, architects, and artists. That’s all to say, interior designers have a lot on their plate...but that’s no obstacle when you’re driven by passion!
You think you have what it takes to be an interior designer? Great! Now how do you get started?
Get a certification
While this step is not always necessary, it is still highly regarded and the best way to approach a career in the industry. In a typical interior design course, you’ll learn skills related to analytical and technical drawing, principles of art and design, architecture, construction, product design, software analysis and more. It doesn’t matter if you go through an undergraduate course or vocational training, though the latter often involves shorter courses and more opportunities for practical application.
Get the experience
Once you have the qualifications, it’s time to choose an industry to work in. Interior designers can work anywhere from film sets to commercial kitchens, or you may choose to go on to a master’s degree. Start by applying for internships and assistant roles, ad move your way up!
Build your portfolio
The most important aspect of all this is your portfolio. You’ll use this to show potential clients the incredible work you’ve done. Don’t just include your professional work – side projects, passion projects and pro-bono work should go in too! The most important aspect of all this is making sure you’re showing your profile on the right platform to the right people. Many professionals keep their portfolios as websites, which is easier than ever with sites like Wordpress and Squarespace.
Congratulations! You have a certification and some jobs under your belt. If you haven’t landed a salaried position right now, you’re probably advertising your services as a freelancer. Being a freelancer has its perks, like setting your own hours and never compromising your vision, but it means you might have to work extra hard to get a steady flow of clients. Things you can do to help market yourself: write a blog, work with a mentor, partner with your favourite stores (like ArtissIn!), encourage referrals, and probably the most important, keep up with your social media.
So, what are you waiting for! Pull out a book and get started on your new career, or check out the designers that we follow.