Interior Designing involves efficient use of interior spaces in addition to making them more attractive and smarter with proficient use of colours, furnishings, and other decorations. The objective of the fashion designer is to offer functional, unique, visually appealing, and unforgettable experiences that the owner can seek only at this furnished space.

Interior design is not limited to residential spaces only. It also includes commercial areas like offices, Industrial units, Aircraft, Luxury boats (yachts), retail, public buildings, and even historic buildings. Similarly, opportunities for Interior Designer is not limited to designing & planning interiors but he can look opportunities in varied fields like exhibition designers, lighting designers, set designers, furniture designers, kitchen designer, product designer, textile designer, production designer, etc.

Roles and Responsibilities of an Interior Designer:

  • Understand the client’s requirements and brief.
  • Interpret the client brief and translate his requirements into a design concept.
  • Prepare sketches and other visual aids to sell the concept to the client. Post-approval, negotiate on fees, budgets and finalize the schedule along with timelines.  
  • Collaborate with teams, vendors, architects, engineers, painters, and builders to further plan on the optimum utilization of interior space, how it should function, appear, and be furnished.
  • Research and identify the correct materials, colours, patterns, furnishings, and décor in consultation with the client 
  • Finalize the vendors for product sourcing
  • Oversee the installation – lighting, lighting fixtures, materials, furniture, and other design elements.
  • Ensures client satisfaction and resolves any complaints or concerns.
  • Be up to date with trends, techniques, materials, and best practices

Skills: 

  • Creative skills to come up with innovative concepts along with an ability to draw and present these concepts.
  • Colour, texture, and design sense along with visualization skills 
  • Should display scientific aptitude, analytical mind, and thirst for knowledge to stay updated with trends
  • Communication skills to not only manage relationships with clients, vendors, architects in addition to working with various teams 
  • Good networking skills for business development, handling of various stakeholders. 
  • Problem-solving approach to life
  • Comfortable with use of technology
  • Organized with Multi-tasking capabilities
  • Attention to details
  • Time management skills and ability to handle pressure, last-minute changes besides deadlines  
  • Capable of taking quick decisions
  • Passionate to have a pulse of the market

Interior Design Courses:

There are various colleges offering courses in Interior Design Masters as well as at the undergraduate level. While selecting the right course one should ensure the following:

  1. College must offer Interior Designing courses at not only undergraduate level but also at Ph.D. level besides masters.
  2. The curriculum must offer a holistic perspective about interior designing-Fundamentals, Ergonomics, Design Principles, Space planning, Human Comfort & experience, Colour Theory, Materials, and their Application, etc. 
  3. The course must offer an understanding of Human behaviour, his needs, psychology 
  4. The course must inspire students to be innovative and research for sustainable green solutions that can facilitate larger social impact 
  5. The courses must offer relevant specializations like Adaptive Reuse, Built Heritage, Furniture Design, and Parametric Design.
  6. Exposure through International exchange programs besides shared learning modules with foreign universities, live projects, industry visits as well as mentoring by industry experts.
  7. College must motivate students to win awards at national and international level – Asia Young Designer Award, Awards at Pune Design Festival, Disruptive Design Awards, Arts Thread Graduate Awards, etc. besides developing a strong portfolio 

So, complete your Interior Design Masters and accelerate to a life of success!