Do architectural marvels like buildings, domes, museums, and studios drop your jaw? Do you take a keen interest in aesthetics and interior detail? Does your creativity fascinate your friends and family?
Do friends and family turn to you for suggestions on what wallpaper to use and which vase to place where? If the answer to those questions is a yes, Interior Designing beckons you with arms wide open.
Interior designers have the innate ability to revamp dull settings into vibrant spaces. Their profession deals with making our living environments aesthetically pleasing, comfortable and conducive for the purpose of its establishment.
Contrary to pop-culture, it’s not just about colors, fabrics, textiles, and wallpapers all the time.
Interior Designers Vs. Architects
People are often confused between interior architecture, interior designers, and interior decorators. Architecture is concerned with the technical aspects of a built space.
Interior decorators, on the other hand, are more artistic and are responsible for the color schemes, furniture, artwork and overall aesthetics.
This is more of an art-oriented profession where decorators need not be equipped with the technical knowledge of building structures, ventilation, electrical fittings, and plumbing details.
Decorators need not possess a special degree, although people prefer decorators who have formally studied design from a reputed university.
Interior designing has found a significant stand for itself as a subject. It has evolved tremendously over the years and is now included as a significant part of architecture in the course module of architectural degrees.
The market today also encourages interior designers that have sound knowledge about not just architecture but also the application of various spiritual connotations in the setting of a space, like Vastu, Feng-shui, etc.
Eligibility Criteria to Become an Interior Designer
+2: No restrictions. Students from either stream (Science, Commerce, Arts) are eligible.
Bachelor’s Degree: Bachelors in Interior Designing
Master’s Degree: Masters in Interior Designing
To be a successful Interior Designer one needs to have the knowledge about
- Structural integrity
- Building codes
- Spatial concepts
- Intelligent use of space, and
- Lighting dynamics.
This requires an understanding of different kinds of building materials, the energy of space, and proficiency with software like CAD (Computer Aided Design) and other 2D & 3D tools of designing.
A Bachelor’s degree in Interior Designing from a reputed institute will equip a student with the knowledge and expertise needed in the field.
Post the degree one needs to intern as much as possible on projects to get the practical experience. Many students further pursue a Master’s degree in Interior Design to gain more technical knowledge, expertise, and exposure.
Most interior designers practice as individual consultants, taking up different projects that often come with promising opportunities to travel across the globe.
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A Day in the Life of an Interior Designer
6:30 AM: I love working on my plans and layouts early in the morning. I am creating the floor plan for one of my sites on Sketch Up – an amazing tool for making initial floor plans.
8:00 AM: I gather all the layout and plan papers, grab some bread, and rush to the site. While in the cab, I go through my daily dose of reading through the latest trends and designs through my favorite blogs.
9:00 AM: Everyone is on time at the site except the client. Whoooaa! This gives me time to discuss and coordinate with the carpenters and check out the fabrics which have just arrived for the seats and sofas.
Oops! I didn’t introduce you to the site. So we are working on a restaurant-slash-lounge with the theme of a royal palace. The challenge is that the space is very small.
I have made a 3-D version of the design in Auto desk’s 3-D max software for the client to visualize how the space will look upon completion.
1:00 PM: The client likes the design, color scheme, and fabric selection. And that’s a way to start a day! I grab some lunch with the team as I have another meeting lined up.
But just when I’m about to leave, the fabric supplier tells me that he doesn’t have the color that I want. Now we need to find an alternative. Phew! Searching good vendors and laborers within budget is indeed a task.
2:30 PM: I reach my next client who is building an art studio and the interesting part is that this going to be a green building with natural materials and solar lights. But beautiful things come with beautiful problems.
We had to rework the entire budget to suit their needs and scout for natural materials from nearby villages which took us a month.
The window sheets are being designed keeping in mind factors like
- Light control
- Thermal heat gain/loss
- Acoustic transmission
- Air circulation,
- Material quality,
- Durability, and
- Fire resistance
5:00 PM: After long discussions and assessment of technicalities, we’ve moved over to the aesthetics and artwork aspect of the property.
Our client wants to feature artwork from all across the world (one of the greater opportunities that the profession offers). However, I need to hire some interns.
7:30 PM: We are finally done here. Now I have to rush and select an alternative fabric from the wholesaler’s showroom before I get home.
9:30 PM: Home again, at last, in the end. The fabrics are ordered for tomorrow. I need to do some research on the artwork of the studio.
Then I need to find some interns. And finally, make the 3-D version of the design for the studio.
11:30 PM: I’m updating myself with a recent publication on interior designing, with a warm cup of milk to wash it down with. Neat ending.
According to a research, one’s state of mind is affected 70% by the environment one is living/working in. Scott Browning designed the Google office keeping in mind its work culture and the need for space which aids innovative thinking.
The industry for interior architects, designers and decorators is booming and has an immense scope.
3 Perks of Being an Interior Designer
- You get to travel a lot,
- You interact with people from different backgrounds and cultures, and
- You touch so many lives by creating something amazing and beautiful.
The question is ‘are you ready to multitask, pay attention to close details, manage clients and associates, come up with creative ideas in practically non-existing budgets, and then wear your job with pride? We hope this article proved to be a fruitful one for you. have your say in the comment box below. Enjoy Reading!