If you have a creative mind and an obsession with colour palettes and Pinterest boards, a career in interior design might be right up your street. With over 20,000 freelance designers estimated to be working in the UK, you would be joining a blossoming industry at a time when business is expected to boom, what with coronavirus and lockdown looking to be things of the past. Interior design is a constantly evolving industry, and there really is no better time than now to be joining the profession as interest and popularity are increasing at such a promising rate.
If you are interested in joining this ever-expanding career path and want some information about how to do it, have a read through of our advice and tips to get you started.
There are a few things you need to know about becoming an interior designer before you jump straight in. Here, we’ll answer some of the basic questions you may have about joining the industry so we can give you some advice on how to do just that.
In short, an interior designer creates functional, attractive and, most importantly, safe indoor spaces. They have to consider the space they are working with as well as ornamental aspects like lighting and colour and bring it all together to create a beautiful room optimised for its function.
To get the final result, the basic steps an interior designer will take are:
Clients can range from homeowners to huge companies and the spaces interior designers work with can be just as varied, and no matter the client or space, an interior designer must work to meet the specified needs while also creating an area that functions properly, looks appealing and makes the best use of its space.
Interior design is quite a broad term which can be broken down into a few different areas that one can choose to specialise in or switch to if their career needs a boost. Although being an interior designer is enough to work in most of these sectors, some people choose to specialise so they can play to their strengths and be specific when talking to clients. There isn’t a limit on what an interior designer can work on – you may find plenty of surprises waiting for you on your employment journey – but here are the most popular sectors that interior designers may choose to work in.
You can find out more about the Interior Design sectors here.
Interior designers can look to make, on average, £18,000 to £45,000 a year. This depends on their experience – as a beginner, you would be looking at £18,000 – £23,000 until you build your skills and reputation.
There isn’t really a specific path to take that will lead you into a cushy job in interior design, but there are several steps it’s important for you to take that will help you. Some of these may seem intimidating, but the end achievement will make the journey feel worth it, so stick with them as they will get you to where you want to be.
There are multiple courses you could take to becoming an interior designer. You can get into the industry through:
Interior design is not a career to stumble into – you need some skills and knowledge to thrive in the industry. You will be best fit for this job if you have:
It’s vital that you understand the industry you are working in as it is ever changing, so you need to be too. You have to keep up with the news and the trends as clients will most likely be taking inspiration from what is relevant, so keep up on what is popular. A good way to stay in the know with the design world is buying magazines specializing in interior design, subscribing to newsletters and following influencers on social media that are in the business.
Some useful interior design blogs you could follow to get you started are:
The best way to get started in this kind of industry is to get experience in any way you can. As interior design is a creative industry, getting experience isn’t that limited – you have many options to showcase your budding skills. Some ways you can get the technical know-how include:
Getting experience is indispensable because you will also be gathering contacts and building your reputation. All design projects you complete should be gathered into a regularly updated portfolio that showcases your skills and can be used for job or degree applications.
Once you have the skills, qualifications and the experience, the best step to take next is to market yourself as best and as regularly as you can. There are quite a few ways for you to do this, especially with the internet at your fingertips. You could:
Although getting into your dream interior design job may be a struggle, all the hard work and determination you put into it will pay off. If you’re passionate and enjoy the job, all the work won’t seem so hard, which means you’re definitely going into the right business! Start with small steps and remain confident in yourself and your skills, and you’ll find yourself progressing in an ever-growing industry that will benefit you just as much as you will benefit it.
Have any other questions about becoming an interior designer? Let us know in the comments and we’ll see what we can do for you.
Office and marketing manager for Sloane & Sons Stylish Chairs, who sell a range of high-quality tub chairs, accent chairs and more.
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