Interior Designer

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Interior designers design and supervise the construction or redevelopment of building interiors.Future Growth Strong

Interior designers plan and design the interior environments of a range of buildings, from homes to   corporate offices. They make effective use of interior spaces by ensuring that all the needs of the occupants, and functions of a space are catered for.

Interior designers work to a design brief and need to carry out detailed research that includes consideration of their client's wishes, ensuring the designs they produce reflect the client's image and identity. They may work on the construction or the redevelopment of building interiors, to develop designs that are appropriate, functional and aesthetically pleasing.

ANZSCO description: 2325: Plans, designs, details and supervises the construction of commercial, industrial, retail and residential building interiors to produce an environment tailored to a purpose, with particular emphasis on space creation, space planning, and factors that enhance living and working environments. With Client

Specialisations: Commercial Interior Designer, Environmental Designer, Residential Interior Designer, Retail Interior Designer

Knowledge, skills and attributes

An interior designer needs:

  • creativity, imagination and artistic flair
  • good communication and listening skills
  • good colour sense and an eye for detail
  • an aptitude for illustration and technical drawing
  • to demonstrate flexibility in their approach to tasks
  • excellent problem-solving skills
  • an understanding of building construction.

Duties and Tasks

Interior designers may perform the following tasks:

  • talk to clients and architects to work out client needs and intentions, and to make sure that safety requirements are met
  • develop designs that are appropriate, functional and aesthetically pleasing
  • prepare working drawings and specifications for interior construction, materials, finishes, space planning, lighting, furnishings and equipment
  • estimate costs of materials, labour and time, and give estimates to clients for approval
  • organise supplies and prepare detailed instructions for tradespeople
  • inspect the work of suppliers and tradespeople, and maintain time, cost and quality controls
  • work with specialists in technical areas concerned with fire, hydraulics, and mechanical, electrical and structural design, making sure that industry regulations are met
  • prepare and administer tenders and contract documents
  • re-design the interiors of old buildings and design furnishings to be made by cabinetmakers, antique furniture restorers and other tradespeople
  • design exhibitions, commercial display stands or stage, film and television production sets.
  • Interior design requires an understanding of building construction, lighting, colour and furniture.

Working conditions

Interior designers need to be able to develop designs that suit both the client and the characteristics of a building or room. A designer can work in property and business services, or provide services in construction or retailing. They may be self-employed or work with a design group. They can be expected to visit clients in their home or office, and can work long hours including weekends and evenings.

Interior DesignerTools and technologies

Interior designers need a high level of computer skills. They should be competent with computer-aided drawing (CAD) software, and design software such as Photoshop and InDesign, as well as MS Office.

Education and training/entrance requirements

To become an interior designer you usually need to complete a formal qualification in interior design, interior architecture or environmental and spatial design.

The Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration is offered at TAFE Colleges and other registered training organisations throughout Australia.

You can also complete a degree majoring in interior architecture or environmental and spatial design.

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