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How to Become an Interior Decorator

Do you often walk in to other people's homes and offices, and wonder how it could have looked much better? Do colors, lighting, curtains and sofas excite you at the thought of how much you could do with it? A creative knack, with an inherent understanding of how spaces and interiors can be altered to bring about the individuality in people's homes and offices, are the key ingredients to becoming an interior decorator. To know more, read on...

An interior decorator is a professional who is hired by people to design their homes, offices and community spaces to make it match their individual styles or the vision of the purpose the space is being used for. A lot of creativity and innovation is required in executing such tasks, so if you are opting for interior decoration as a career you either need to have an in-born talent to understand and re-design spaces, or you need to be trained professionally in the same.

Essentials for Becoming an Interior Decorator

Develop an eye for design: you need to have an eye for design and must locate design in whatever you do. You must be gifted with the in born talent to be creative however it requires an unending spirit to pursue your dream to be an interior decorator.

Update your knowledge regularly
  1. Update your knowledge on interiors by reading magazines
  2. Visit exhibitions which give you an idea about latest trends
  3. Travel - expose yourself to interior styling from different cultures and eras
Google! - A wealth of information is available on the internet, and you can teach yourself to practically do anything if you set some serious time aside for this.

Get some experience
  1. Nothing like practical hands-on experience - work with a professional
  2. While on job, work hard and try to expose yourself to all departments

Experiment

Experiment with colors, paints and textures in your own house by keeping a corner or room for the same. This will give you an idea about how will it look if you actually implement your theme in reality. Also it will cost you less as you are trying a small patch of experiment by giving you a practical exposure on the subject. Offer your services for free to close friends and family; do it just for the experience

Adapt
  1. Take an overview of the field along with an idea of the client's needs and how he /she want their home or office to be designed.
  2. Do not impose your thoughts on the client; offer suggestions, but remember they have to live/work in these spaces and the decor must be in-keeping with their taste, not yours.
Formal education
  1. A degree in interior designing can do wonders for improving your technical understanding.
  2. A formal degree also helps with clients as clients like to entrust such an important task to a well qualified professional.
  3. Invest in education; you will realize it might be the best investment you ever made.
Network
  1. Offer friends and family members, where you think there might be potential to get business later, to get specific rooms decorated without a fee. It will give you a chance to showcase your work, at the same time building an equation with a potential client.
  2. Establish good relations with potential clients like working professionals, hotels, law firms, spas, restaurants, corporate offices, boutiques and many more things.
  3. Establish good relations with suppliers so that you can avail of discounts.
Start up
  1. Start now, start small, but do start!
  2. You can either start a business on a small scale by freelancing or attach yourself to a professional to gain some experience.




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