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.
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 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.
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.