How to Become an Interior Designer

By The Arty Teacher - November 6, 1989

What is an Interior Designer?

An interior designer is a professional who plans and designs interior spaces, considering functionality, aesthetics, and the well-being of occupants.

What Skills does an Interior Designer need?

To become an interior designer, you’ll need to have a great sense of style, be good at arranging furniture and colours, and enjoy creating beautiful and functional spaces that people will love to live or work in.

What Qualification does an Interior Designer Need?

To become an interior designer, acquiring a combination of formal education, practical experience, and creativity is essential. Typically, a Bachelor’s degree in interior design or a related field from an accredited institution provides foundational knowledge in design principles, space planning, materials, and construction methods. Many aspiring designers pursue internships or apprenticeships to gain hands-on experience, working alongside experienced professionals or in design firms. Mastery of design software such as AutoCAD, SketchUp, or Revit is also crucial for visualizing designs and creating technical drawings. Building a strong portfolio showcasing design projects, sketches, or completed work demonstrates creativity, problem-solving skills, and style. Moreover, strong communication skills, a keen eye for detail, and staying updated on industry trends are integral aspects of a successful career in interior design.

What Can You do to Build a CV to Become an Interior Designer?

Here are some steps you can begin to take if you want to become and interior designer.

  1. Take Relevant Courses: Enroll in art, design, or architecture classes offered at school to build a foundational understanding of design principles and aesthetics.
  2. Develop Artistic Skills: Practice drawing, sketching, and rendering to improve visualization and communication of design ideas.
  3. Learn Design Software: Familiarize yourself with design software like SketchUp, AutoCAD, or Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator through online tutorials or self-study to understand basic design tools.
  4. Create Design Projects: Experiment with redesigning spaces in your home, school, or local community. Document these projects with sketches, mood boards, or floor plans to showcase your creativity and problem-solving skills.
  5. Participate in Design Competitions: Enter local or online design competitions for students to challenge yourself, gain exposure, and demonstrate your design capabilities.
  6. Internships or Shadowing: Seek opportunities to shadow or intern with local interior designers, design studios, or architects to observe their work and gain insights into the profession.
  7. Attend Workshops or Events: Look for design-related workshops, exhibitions, or lectures in your area to learn about industry trends and network with professionals.
  8. Build a Portfolio: Assemble your design projects, sketches, and any relevant artwork into a portfolio showcasing your skills, creativity, and growth as a designer.
  9. Stay Informed and Inspired: Follow interior design blogs, magazines, or social media accounts to stay updated on design trends, new materials, and innovative ideas.

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Sarah Crowther is The Arty Teacher. She is a high school art teacher in the North West of England. She strives to share her enthusiasm for art by providing art teachers around the globe with high-quality resources and by sharing her expertise through this blog.

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