Interior Decorators

Interior Decorators make a profession out of having an eye for decorating. An Interior Decorator is someone who is hired to decorate the interiors of homes, businesses, and a variety of other spaces, including offices, trade show displays, display homes, and the like. As an Interior Decorator, you may be hired to design one room, like an office or a bedroom, or an entire building, like a house or business.

Interior Decorators choose furnishings, fixtures, lighting, paint and fabric; creating a decorating scheme that’s well put together, while still reflecting the personality of the homeowners. To do this, Decorators will meet with the homeowners to get an idea of their interests and may try to incorporate items that reflect those interests into the décor.

An Interior Decorator is responsible for taking the wishes of a client and turning those wishes into a complete and finished room to their liking. The Interior Decorator must consult with clients, take measurements, purchase furnishings and materials, coordinate items and decorate the room to result in a complete and finished product. They have links with suppliers of various materials such as paint, furnishings, flooring and can source furniture to suit particular styles of decorating. This saves client’s time in sourcing the materials and furniture for their home and often Interior Decorators can get the perfect piece at a cheaper price.

To be a successful Interior Decorator, you not only need a good sense of colour, proportion, and design; but also an excellent listener and communicator. Interior Decorators need to be able to listen to their client’s needs, communicate openly with their client’s and gain their client’s trust so they are comfortable conveying their ideas to their decorator.

Interior Decorators should also be detail oriented and have good people skills. Some typical duties of an Interior Decorator include:

  • meet with clients to assess and determine needs
  • advise clients on the selection of colour schemes, layout, lighting, furniture, floor coverings, curtains, paint, wallpaper and hardware products (e.g. curtain fittings)
  • visit clients’ premises to look at existing conditions and take measurements
  • provide sketch designs, specifications and cost estimates to the client for approval
  • supervise and coordinate the installation and arrangement of furniture and furnishings
  • undertake direct selling if working in a retail shop.
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