The profession of interior designing

In the modern world people spend a lot of time in enclosed spaces. We travel from our house or apartments to work in an office or study in school. The rest of our time is spent in restaurants, movie theaters, museums, shopping malls and hotels. Along with technological advancements indoor life over the last two centuries has become more prevalent. Experts in the field of interior design have contributed to improving the quality of life spent within the built environment.

Within the profession of interior designing there are plenty of opportunities for these professionals to showcase their talents, match their skills and manage projects. Some of the specialties are residential projects or one of the many contract design opportunities such as retail, hospitality, entertainment, educational , institutional, healthcare and corporate. It is important to understand that these professional home decorators have knowledge of and work collaboratively with related professions who are involved in the many aspects of projects.

They are also responsible for the health, safety and welfare of the public and must maintain the same competency and standards of practice as other design professionals. Today challenges these experts to bring together sustainable solutions with not only artistic concepts of time, space and setting, but also a wide range of broad disciplines to the most aesthetically pleasing , functional and effective setting for everyday life. For example they plan educational facilities to encourage and stimulate a creating learning experience, plan offices spaces that enhance productivity and improve employee morale or plan healthcare facilities that help people recover. It takes a combination of education and practice to acquire the necessary knowledge to become a successful as a interior decorator. Individuals may choose different paths, but the paths of education, experience, and examination are the most common ways to gain knowledge and education in this sector.

Education is the foundation of the profession. You can also opt for an associates or masters programs besides gaining a degree in this field. Students learn a wide range of subjects that will prepare them for work in this sector. Some of the most common areas covered are interior design elements and principles, color and lighting theory, human factors, drafting architectural detailing, presentation techniques, history of space decor, building codes and local regulations, ADA and universal design materials and methods of installation, sustainability, green design and professional practice. During this period students have the exposure and opportunities to give preference to the various fields in this broad sector.

Experience is the next step. It is the opportunity to put education into an application framework. A graduate can hone their skills in the many areas of this industry under the supervision of a senior consultant. It is critical time for the emerging professional to expand their horizons , learn more about business, work in professional environment, attend lectures and shows to gain greater depth in understanding the field. This is then followed by examination and certification to hold a professional license.

In this profession, maintaining an extensive knowledge base to analyze and develop solutions to analyze and work with evolving challenges requires strong education, training and industry involvement. These practices are essential in staying competitive in this challenging and rewarding field.