Interior design is a profession of growing importance and complexity. An Interior Designer designs the interiors of many buildings and spaces. Generally the interior Designer also decorates the interiors, which may vary from a single room such as a kitchen or living room, to an entire office block with several departments.
Interior design is an ethical service and business, with increasing attention to sustainable living. The Interior Designers time is split between his/her studio, the environments and outlets from which her/she will take ideas and material, and the spaces that he/she has been hired to design and decorate. These may range from domestic and private spaces to commercial and public environments, including hotels, shops and exhibition spaces. He/she may be involved with interiors from the planning stage, or during construction, finishing and renovation, and therefore needs to have a wide range of knowledge, understanding and skills relating to design.
The interior Designer generally works on a project from start to finish. He/she may pitch proposals on personal initiative or respond to approaches from potential clients. He/she will conduct consultations with clients and develop designs through several versions in order to achieve a pleasing and acceptable scheme. At this point he/she will hope to win the contract for the project. At all times the Interior Designer must be client orientated. He/she must satisfy the client in all respects, including price, feasibility and economy. He/she must also approach the clients needs ethically, in order to create opportunities for solutions and materials that are renewable, recyclable and biodegradable. He/she take account of the age, style, purpose and condition of the interior, as well as have good technical knowledge of various types of construction. He/she must understand the implications of the clients and his/her own ideas, with full consideration of the practical details. Only in this way will the Interior Designer be able to manage the project to completion and resolve concerns and complaints swiftly and positively.
The Interior Designer often sub-contracts with and supervises a team of decorators, who require very clear specifications, management and guidance. In addition to professional management skills he/she must pursue positive environmental solutions, alongside health and safety. Increasingly the Interior Designer is self-employed or an entrepreneur, rather than an employee. Since cost and price are increasingly important, the successful Interior Designer must have good business skills as well as enthusiasm, flair and artistry. With modern communications technology and the mobility of people and ideas, he/she constantly needs to be alert to trends and show versatility. In this way the Interior Designer may have access to many spin off and leadership opportunities.