Why do we need an interior designer?
An interior designer is responsible for the interior design, decoration, and functionality of a client’s space, whether commercial, industrial, or residential. Interior designers are best suited to both the structure of a space, the needs of the occupants, and the style.
Skills required by interior designers
- As a member of a service profession, the fate of interior designers depends on their ability to satisfy their clients. Thus, they must possess three key skill sets — artistic and technical skills, interpersonal skills, and management skills.
- Designers must know how to plan a space and how to present that plan visually so it can be communicated to the client. They must have knowledge of the materials and products used to create and decorate the space, and how the textures, colors, lighting and other elements combine and interact to give the texture a “feel” or “look.” In addition, they must understand the structural requirements of the plan, health and safety issues, building codes and many other technical aspects.
- Designers must be comfortable to meet and treat different types of people. They must communicate clearly and effectively, as well as be attentive listeners. Since they often have to work collaboratively with architects, contractors and other service providers, designers must be good team leaders and good team players. They must be ready to discuss and mediate in order to resolve issues.
- Designers must have great time and project management skills, as they often work on multiple projects within deadlines to find new projects or clients. They must be able to develop and execute business plans to protect and enhance their practices. They need to know how to market themselves to clients, create informative and persuasive proposals and presentations, and maintain good client relationships.