What is the purpose of an interior designer?
Some people when they hear the word “designer” think about people in fancy clothes, who just tell you what kind of color you should choose for your room, or what kind of furniture you should buy that matches it, like in the movies. In the reality though, it isn’t that way.
An interior designer is basically an interior architect. It is the person responsible for the complete design of the interior of your home, condo, office or local groceries store. That means planning, electricity, heating, lighting, and most of all the finishes.
So, unlike popular belief, interior designers do not simply furnish a home. In fact, they need to be well versed in a lot of techniques that have to do with engineering and architecture. Being an interior designer is really not just about picking the right colour for your walls. It entails structural engineering and many more aspects of architecture. If you want to be an interior designer, you will have to have experience in design and building, you will need to be able to consult with engineers, and the head of construction. You will also have to be able to draft by hand, or using a computer software like CAD, and do it right.
If you think becoming an interior designer is very easy, well it is not. A student has to go trough several processes of education, and needs to have a diploma or a degree to be able to work as one. There are some countries, where you don’t have to sweat this much to become a designer, but in the U.S., you will have to work for it hard.
This is not something that you can learn in a few years, and you are done, this industry is always changing and evolving. You will have to keep up with the latest trends, building codes, industry standards, and fashion. If you would really like to become one, this will not be a problem for you, of that i am sure. Either you love it, or you don’t. If you are pursuing this because of the money, don’t, because you will burn out quick, you should find something else that you love.
What is the difference between decorating and designing?
Well, the main differences between these two, is that almost anyone can become an interior decorator. If you have a sense for colors, if you know how to match furniture and like extravagant stuff, you are more or less good to go.
While this is not a bad thing, there are a lot of impostors without knowledge, and that hurts the trust of this industry. As i said before, and interior designer has to have a lot of education, and a degree or a diploma. While decorating relies on the stuff you put in a house or room when you finish, like paint, colors, fabrics, designing is not always fancy and fun. You will have to design the entire structure and look of a home, and if you are not passionate about designing, it can be boring, and even if you are, there are a lot of times, when it will be annoying and hard.
This is why hiring a decorator is cheaper then hiring an actual interior designer. Not to mention that interior designers usually work before a project is complete. They can work off of blue prints. While a decorator needs to walk inside the property, look around and see what is there. The interior designer, on the other hand, determines what is to be there!
Well, this is what an interior designer do, and if you would like to become one, or just interested about design, be sure to follow our blog!