How to Become an Interior Designer

Written by Liz Smith

What exactly is involved in becoming an interior designer? Itís probably much more involved than you might think. The following steps will walk you through what it takes to pursue a career in interior designing.

What Interior Designers Do

Interior designers plan and design spaces and furnish interiors in residential, commercial and public settings. The work can vary from simple projects that involve re-arranging furniture and applying a fresh coat of paint, allrepparttar way up through full-scale redesigns that require advanced knowledge of structural documents and close work with architects and contractors.


You can earn a certificate, diploma, associate or bachelorís degree in interior design. Many schools throughoutrepparttar 149370 United States offer interior design programs. Coursework varies at each school, but will likely include courses like computer-aided design, color theory, textiles and more.

See Through a Designerís Eyes

If you want to be an interior designer, you need to get used to looking at thingsrepparttar 149371 way designers do. Become aware ofrepparttar 149372 trends that are popular inrepparttar 149373 industry, get a feel for whatís out there and whatís in style. Do this by looking through design magazines, attending home shows and even open houses in upscale neighborhoods. Read literature available onrepparttar 149374 styles of design that interest you most, and begin to analyze spaces that you like by breaking them down into their constituent elements - what principles of design are being employed byrepparttar 149375 designer that you find appealing?

Begin With Small Steps

To get practice, try making some changes around your own home or living space. Volunteer to help friends and family members updaterepparttar 149376 interior decorating in their homes. As you work, you will learn that just as important as using your expertise to design a space is makingrepparttar 149377 client happy. You need to consult with them to make sure they agree withrepparttar 149378 changes you make. Working first with friends and family will help you gain confidence and communication skills.

Danger In The Comfort Zone

Written by Jay Conners

Danger inrepparttar Comfort Zone/By J.Conners

I donít know who said it or where I heard it, but Iím sure it was brought to my attention by a sales trainer somewhere, at some time during my journey throughrepparttar 149333 maze of countless sales trainings and seminars that I have attended overrepparttar 149334 years, but it does make perfect sense.

There is danger inrepparttar 149335 comfort zone! Ahh yes! The comfort zone, we all know it very well, we have all spent a lot of time there. It isrepparttar 149336 safe place where everything comes so naturally and effortlessly,repparttar 149337 place where no one can touch us, where we arerepparttar 149338 masters of our own house, and our own craft. The confidence that knowing our paycheck will be automatically deposited into our bank accounts has become as automatic as our daily routines.

The danger...

So what exactly isrepparttar 149339 ďdangerĒ implied inrepparttar 149340 saying ďthere is danger inrepparttar 149341 comfort zoneĒ The danger is becoming so relaxed in what we do and what we know , that any kind of change in our daily routine becomes frightening, and that limits us from exposing our total potential and gettingrepparttar 149342 most out of our work day and our lives. We reach a point in our work life where we say hey, Iíve made it far enough, Iíve paid my doís, I make good money, I have a nice car, thatís great! You have worked hard and accomplished plenty, you are entitled to every accolade associated with success, but why stop there?

A little story...

About ten years ago I attended a retirement dinner for a Vice President of a very large corporation, I didnít know him that well, but it was a big social event, and a lot of my friends were going, so I attended. When givenrepparttar 149343 opportunity, I approached this retiree to wish him luck in his retirement and make small talk. Midway through our conversation, I asked him about his career, andrepparttar 149344 titles that he had held, each title was an indication that he had risen throughrepparttar 149345 ranks. He said to me, Jay, itís no big secret. Every six months to a year, I would browse through my companies job postings, seeking out an opportunity to advance. When an opportunity came along, I jumped atrepparttar 149346 chance for an interview, and as it turned out, I was usuallyrepparttar 149347 only one applying.

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