Interior Designers

Interior Designers plan internal space, traffic flow, building services, furniture, fixtures and surface finishes of buildings. They take into account the purpose, effectiveness, comfort, safety and aesthetics of interior spaces to deliver an optimal building design.

Interior Designers custom design or specify furniture, lighting, walls, partitions, flooring, colour and fabrics to create surroundings which are tailored to an objective.

Interior Designers are creative, imaginative and artistic. They combine their knowledge of the principles of design with aesthetic vision. Interior Designers work with clients and other design professionals to work out design solutions that are safe, functional, aesthetically pleasing and meet the needs of the people utilising the space. They must know how to plan a space and display that plan visually so that it can be presented and conveyed to the client.

Interior Designers must also be knowledgeable about the materials and products that will be used to create and furnish the space, how texture, colour, lighting and other facets of design combine and interact to produce an ascetically pleasing space. In addition, interior designers must also have knowledge of and be aware of the structural requirements of their plans, any health and safety issues, applicable building codes, and any other technical aspects.

An Interior Designer will often work as part of a larger team of professionals that may include architects, builders, project managers, engineering consultants, shop fitters, cabinetmakers, furniture suppliers and materials suppliers. Interior Designers must be at ease with meeting and interacting with numerous people.

Interior Designers may be required to arrange the alteration of building structures, purchasing materials and furnishings and the contracting and supervision of the trades people required to execute the work on a project. They must be able to communicate clearly and effectively, as well as be attentive listeners. Being willing to negotiate and mediate, when necessary, to solve problems is also a necessary skill.

Excellent time and project management abilities are also required, since Interior Designers frequently work on more than one client brief at a time, which usually involve demanding deadlines. Interior designers must also have a good knowledge of business planning, need to know how to promote their ideas to clientele, generate instructive and influential proposals and presentations and retain good working relationships with clients.

There are a wide range of environments that Interior Designers can be employed in, including restaurants, hotels, stores, offices, airports, hospitals (which is commercial interior design) and homes (which is residential interior design).

Undertaking work as a Commercial Interior Designer involves creating and overseeing the construction or renovation of commercial spaces. Whereas, working as a Residential Interior Designer involves designing, shaping and arranging interior spaces and elements to influence the way people live. Residential Interior Designers have a comprehensive understanding of how the interior of a residential space can be used to create a functional and harmonious environment.

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