Have you always dreamed of being an interior designer and creatively shaping spaces? Maybe you’ve been inspired by HGTV shows, Pinterest, or Interior Design magazine. Whatever your reason for wanting to make interior design your career, there are a few things to focus on as you build your career foundation.
The job of interior designers is to make interior building spaces functional, safe, and aesthetically pleasing. This includes the ability for designers to determine space issues and requirements, read blueprints, have an awareness of building codes and regulations, and also be able to focus on decorative elements like color, paint, lighting, and materials. Having a good eye for color and an appreciation of math, as well as being a good problem solver, are some of the key qualities to take into your design career. Other things to prioritize to grow as an interior designer include:
- Focus on your portfolio: A designers portfolio is their calling card, so make sure that you are always collecting and organizing work samples, photography, and other pieces to show to potential employers or clients.
- Train outside the box: Many interior designers are self-employed or work as consultors freelance projects. In order to be successful in that, you’ll need to have knowledge of marketing, bookkeeping and accounting, and even sales.
- Get connected: Early in your career is a good time to experiment. You can work with a design firm to get a feel for what kinds of projects are available to interior designers, such as work in commercial and residential spaces. Working with a firm is also one of the better ways to get access to larger, more creative projects. This is how many designers figure out where their skills and interest lie and are able to decide what their focus areas will be.
If you’re looking to get into the interior design world or are looking for your next role as you grow your career, we can help. Contact TalentSphere Staffing Solutions today to find the design position you’ve been working for.