An interior decorator designs interior spaces for clients, changing the visual appearance of locations that might include homes, offices, stores, theaters, and other interior areas. For example, they may design a museum to ensure exhibits are effective and aesthetically pleasing; they might also design an office space so that work can be performed more efficiently, placing furniture and equipment in the most appropriate places. They might also design the kitchen or bar area of a restaurant, placing equipment in a way that eliminates extra movement and improves efficiency, or complete a makeover of a private home.
Interior designers must oversee a project from beginning to end. They need to have an initial consultation with clients to determine their needs and budget, and then develop a potential plan for the design project. After the client approves the plan, the interior decorator must work with a variety of contractors and vendors, selecting materials and services, conducting negotiations, and ensuring materials are delivered in-tact and in a timely manner. Interior decorators oversee project progress and notify clients of progress regularly. If a client is dissatisfied at any step of the process, the interior decorator must work to resolve issues to the client's satisfaction.
A bachelor's degree in interior design or a related field is generally required or preferred for this position, as is relevant experience. Proficiency with computer software such as AutoCAD and Adobe Photoshop may also be required. Interior decorators must have strong communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills.
Interior Decorator Tasks
Plan, design, and furnish interiors of buildings.
Select and purchase furnishings.
Advise clients on space management, layout, and color coordination.
Communicate with clients to determine their preferences and style.