Not many people have design skills and not all people are cut out to be interior designers. The job of an interior designer takes skill, design talent, color coordination, a knowledge of proportion, a lot of patience, knowledge of drafting and CAD (computer aided design), and constant coordination with other people.
When hiring an interior design firm, which also employs a host of interior designers with various specialties, a client would be reassured as the competent interior designer would be knowledgeable of designing interiors for various building types like residences, small apartments, bigger homes, offices, shopping malls, institutional spaces, museums, recreational facilities, and other commercial spaces.
What Does an Interior Designer Do?
The first phase of a proposed project is meeting with the client. Both client and designer discuss the projects specifics like the clients requirements, needs for occupants, design styles, initial layouts, and preliminary materials. The first meeting gives a designer knowledge on making preliminary sketches and possible materials for the interior. The designer may provide the client fabric swatches, flooring samples, wallpaper samples, and lighting samples.
Once the client has approved the design layouts, the interior designer and the client agree on design fees, contracts, and work schedules. The designer then proceeds to make detailed blueprints using CAD software. The designer must know a bit of accounting and be able to prepare cost estimates. In any project, an interior designer always finds it useful to work with allied professionals like architects, engineers, handymen, electricians, plumbers, and builders.
Once the blueprints have been finalized and the design specifications have passed inspection, the interior project would then go ahead. Meanwhile, the designer would then order the materials needed for the successful interior design project. The designer would then secure furniture, lighting fixtures, accessories, flooring, wallpapers, paints, and even doors.
The job of an interior designer is not done when the client has approved the plans. It is crucial for the interior designer to conduct site visits. Oftentimes, designers meet with the clients on site. Here, the client is open to suggest revisions and the interior designer is also responsible for carrying out those revisions. The importance of the site visits is that they avoid costly revisions.
The most important aspect of the interior designers job is satisfying the client. If the client is happy, the designer may gain additional clients upon the clients recommendations and positive feedback. Engaging in interior design is nevertheless a satisfying endeavor. What makes the designer happy is that his or her design is out there in three-dimensional form and would surely gain the appreciation of the spaces occupants.
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