If you happen to have a creative flair and a passion for developing aesthetically pleasing interiors, a career in interior and spatial designing could prove to be an exciting career path for you.
What is an interior and spatial designer?
When we think of interior designers, we might initially picture our favourite home renovation TV shows, but the field is broad and doesn’t always focus on domestic interiors. An interior and spatial designer may also work within commercial or retail based buildings, tensile fabric structures or leisure complexes and often has input in structural alterations along with fixtures, fittings, colour schemes, furnishings and overall decor.
Their job is to work with clients, often within specific budgets, to create a functional space that reflects a certain taste and vision. Employed interior designers may work for a practice in a studio or office, but it is also a job that can be done on a freelance or self-employed basis, which means that you get the benefits of working from home along with the flexibility of picking and choosing your own hours.
Is it well paid?
A junior interior designer can expect a starting salary of up to £23,000, but as their experience and reputation grows, their earnings can also rise. Senior designers can earn closer to £50,000, and those with their own practices can earn even more. It really is a diverse field that depends hugely on your contacts and clients. Forbes recently reported the story of a billionaire interior designer with a number of A-list clients.
How do I become an interior or spatial designer?
A foundation degree or HND is a typical basic entry requirement into the industry. Depending on your area of interest, courses specialising in interior design, product design, fabric architecture, furniture design, 3D design or interior architecture may all be relevant.
It is important that you are a naturally creative person with good interpersonal skills. Much of the job requires liaising with clients and helping them to create a space that reflects their needs, taste and lifestyle. Work experience is a brilliant way to make contacts within this competitive industry. Attending fairs and exhibitions also shows that you are dedicated to keeping abreast of new and upcoming trends within interior design.