“Interior design is a very exciting and challenging field because of the variety and complexity of tasks the designer completes every day. Creating interesting and beautiful spaces for people to work in and live in offers you the opportunities to interact with clients and contractors, to sketch and develop plans, and to process documents for materials and products. There is never a dull moment for the busy interior designer.” - Marilyn A. Read, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Interior Design Program, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon
Interior Designers plan, design, and furnish interior spaces to improve functionality, comfortability, and appearance. Interior Designers often specialize in residential, business, or commercial design; specializing enables these designers to hone specific skills, maintain long-term and close relationships with service providers and vendors, and also to track trends and products more readily. Interior Designers are not to be confused with interior decorators; although the two careers are similar in some aspects, designers are limited to style, color palette, furniture, artwork, lighting, etc. Interior Designers focus mainly on layouts, safety, functionality, and creating a comfortable and desired environment for their customer’s needs.
Although hours vary beginners and experienced designers working for department stores and furniture stores will often have regular hours. Self-employed designers or executives in design firms may work long, irregular hours; they frequently adjust their workday to suit their clients’ schedules and generally work under deadline and may work extra hours to finish a project. Because of this aspect of interior design can commonly cause high amounts of stress or pressure throughout a career in this field. It is important to understand the principles of design, computer-aided design, art history, drawing, perspective, spatial planning, color and fabrics,...
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