How To Become An Interior Designer

What is an Interior Designer?

An interior designer is a professionally trained specialist who creates and styles interior spaces for clients. An interior designer’s clients can range from corporations to homeowners. A great interior designer will assess a space and the client’s aspirations in order to deliver the best results. They make sure that their work is not only aesthetically pleasing, but functional and safe. In Australia, most interior designers are independent contractors, although working internally for large corporations is not uncommon. Reputation is everything in design, and interior designers are no exception. There are three main types of designers; residential, commercial and ergonomic or green designers.

Residential Designers

A residential designer will work owner occupied homes or other types of residential spaces. Essential to a residential designer’s job is improving the functionality, enhancing the aesthetics, and maximizing the efficiency of a space. When specialised in this area, a designer has significant freedom to influence a client's design choices. As homeowners tend to be more relaxed, and deadlines are not as strict, residential interior designers tend to find their job extremely rewarding.

Commercial Designers

Commercial designers are specialised in commercial properties and tend to work on projects for a variety of businesses. These could include office spaces, hotels, banks, restaurants, pubs, or shopping centres. What makes a great commercial designer is strong negotiation techniques and proactive people skills. Being able to estimate costs and manage a project efficiently is essential as a commercial designer. Unlike residential designers, commercial designers will often work under a specific set of instructions to complete projects.

Green Designers

A green designer creates energy-efficient, healthy, comfortable, and ergonomic designs. Green design means having minimal impact on the surrounding environment with regards to materials used and the purpose of the building. A green designer will ensure that all the techniques and materials used are environmentally-friendly. Additionally, they will also make certain choices in the designing stages that will make a building more sustainable for as long as possible.




What should an interior designers services include?


  • Liaising with clients to discuss projects
  • Communicating with tradesmen, architects, builders, decorators if services are required for projects
  • Creating designs that are appealing, functional, appropriate whilst respecting the client’s budget
  • Using different technologies such as design software to create models.
  • Researching and formulating plans, sketches, and diagrams
  • Finding suppliers for any materials needed
  • Offering clients cost estimates and quotes
  • Supervising and inspecting the work of the other contractors to stay in budget, meet deadlines, and ensure quality standards

How to become an interior designer in Australia


Want career in the Australian design industry? There are certain requirements and skills to master in order to get certified:

  • Ability to sketch your projects on paper and on a computer
  • Excellent software skills in Photoshop, AutoCAD, and other interior design software
  • Hold certifications that confirm your skills and training such as a ‘Diploma of Interior Design & Decoration, Diploma from the Design Institute of Australia, or Bachelor of Arts from an Australian university
  • Have an impressive professional portfolio
  • Have an eye for design and understanding of using colour
  • Being up to date with current design trends
  • Good people skills to build a network

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