Designers can work on everything from shopping malls to corporate offices to hotel lobbies by combining aesthetics with practical considerations. The designer first consults with a client to determine what is wanted and offers recommendations. The designer then proceeds to create a detailed plan, addressing a number of considerations, including color schemes, furnishing styles, materials and placement of specific items, while making sure to remain within budgetary constraints.

Job Duties

During the initial interview with a client, an interior designer usually asks many questions to determine the scope of the project and the client's particular tastes or vision. Once the specifications are understood and the area to be designed has been carefully inspected, the designer creates two or three possible plans and presents them for selection and approval. The design process usually involves initial sketches that continually evolve before being finalized using computer-aided design (CAD) software. All components must be taken into account, including flooring, lighting and wall coverings as well as the people that will be using the space.

Interior designers can purchase items and furnishings through catalogs and stores, but they could also make different industry contacts to receive discounts on some products. Depending on the project, an interior designer might need to meet with architects, inspectors, plumbers, electricians, painters and other specialists to coordinate plans and make sure all requirements are met. The designer oversees the installation of the interior space at different stages to make sure everything goes according to plan and make corrections as needed. Once the project is done, the client is brought in for a final inspection and approval. If the client requires any changes, the interior designer must complete them in a timely manner.