5 Steps to Becoming an Interior Designer
Step One: Ask Questions Like “What’s an Interior Designer” and “What Do They Do?”
Interior designers must be able to read blueprints, understand building and fire codes, and know how to make space accessible to people who are disabled. Designers frequently collaborate with architects, electricians, and building contractors to ensure that designs are safe and meet construction requirements.
Whatever space they are working on, almost all designers follow the same process. The first step, known as programming, is to determine the client’s needs and wishes. The designer usually meets face-to-face with the client to find out how the space will be used and to get an idea of the client’s preferences and budget restrictions.
After collecting this information, the designer formulates a design plan and estimates costs. When the design concept is finalized, the designer specifies the materials, finishes, and furnishings required, including (but not limited to!) the furniture, lighting, flooring, wall covering, and artwork needed to complete the project. Finally, the designer develops a timeline for the project, coordinates contractor work schedules, and makes sure the work is completed on time.