An Interior Designer is One who plans, designs, and furnishes interiors of residential, commercial, or industrial buildings. She may specialize in a particular field, style, or phase of interior design.

Depending on her job specification she may be called: Designer, Interior Design Coordinator, Interior Design Consultant, Interior Design Director, Certified Kitchen Designer, Color and Materials Designer, Commercial Interior Designer, Decorating Consultant, Director of Interiors.

This Occupation May Require: Diploma; Degree; Professional Certification, Training

Tasks, Duties, Responsibilities

  • Confers with client to determine factors affecting planning interior environments, such as budget, architectural preferences, and purpose and function.
  • Advises client on interior design factors such as space planning, layout and utilization of furnishings or equipment, and color coordination.
  • Coordinates with other professionals, such as contractors, architects, engineers, and plumbers, to ensure job success.
  • Reviews and details shop drawings for construction plans.
  • Estimates material requirements and costs, and presents design to client for approval.
  • Subcontracts fabrication, installation, and arrangement of carpeting, fixtures, accessories, draperies, paint and wall coverings, art work, furniture, and related items.
  • Formulates environmental design or plan to be practical, esthetic, and conducive to intended purposes, such as raising productivity or selling merchandise.
  • Selects or designs, and purchase furnishings, art works, and accessories.
  • Renders design ideas in form of paste-ups or drawings.
  • Uses computer-aided drafting (CAD) and related software to produce construction documents

Tools: Scales, Scanners, Tablet computers, Tape measures, Triangles

Technology: Computer aided design CAD software, Electronic mail software, Graphics or photo imaging software, Spreadsheet software, Video creation and editing software

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