September 26, 2022

Description of Job
• Draw plans to decorate a client’s home or office with attention to style,
quality, and budget.

• Meet with designers, contractors, and suppliers to draw up specifications.
• Oversee purchases, renovations, and installation.
The Need
Somewhere in the mind’s eye of most of us is a vision of the house beautiful and
the office spectacular. Yet relatively few of us have the background, the training,
or the time to create a handsome environment all at once.
An interior decorator can redo an entire house or a single room. A new baby
may be on the way, or a spare bedroom may be due to make the transition to a
home office.
Companies need to have attractive spaces for conferences, meetings with
customers, and showrooms for products.
Challenges
There is no license required to hang out a shingle as an interior decorator.
Instead, you’ll have to demonstrate your abilities through examples of plans you
have drawn or work you have accomplished.
In addition to a good sense of design and color, you’ll need to be knowledgeable about construction, fabrics, styles of furniture, lighting systems, and
flooring.
In most cases you will be called on to interpret your client’s needs and wants;
you’ll rarely be given a blank sheet of paper and an unlimited budget. You’ll have
to be able to work in a variety of styles, from antiques and reproductions to commercial and industrial to ultramodern.
Know the Territory
You can take courses on interior design at community colleges and major universities. There is also a tremendous amount of information about design and
decorating in books and on web sites. Consult the sites for furniture makers to
learn about their products; many manufacturers offer impressive catalogs to decorators, and some have sales conferences and demonstrations of products.
Become an expert, or attach yourself to a knowledgeable associate who knows
about upholstery, carpeting and other flooring, wallpaper and paneling, and other
furnishings. Make contact with manufacturers of lighting systems, audiovisual
and computer furniture and fixtures, and office presentation equipment.
Plan on attending national or regional interior decorating shows and conventions where manufacturers display their products and conduct seminars.

Challenges
There is no license required to hang out a shingle as an interior decorator.
Instead, you’ll have to demonstrate your abilities through examples of plans you
have drawn or work you have accomplished.
In addition to a good sense of design and color, you’ll need to be knowledgeable about construction, fabrics, styles of furniture, lighting systems, and
flooring.
In most cases you will be called on to interpret your client’s needs and wants;
you’ll rarely be given a blank sheet of paper and an unlimited budget. You’ll have
to be able to work in a variety of styles, from antiques and reproductions to commercial and industrial to ultramodern.

Know the Territory
You can take courses on interior design at community colleges and major universities. There is also a tremendous amount of information about design and
decorating in books and on web sites. Consult the sites for furniture makers to
learn about their products; many manufacturers offer impressive catalogs to decorators, and some have sales conferences and demonstrations of products.
Become an expert, or attach yourself to a knowledgeable associate who knows
about upholstery, carpeting and other flooring, wallpaper and paneling, and other
furnishings. Make contact with manufacturers of lighting systems, audiovisual
and computer furniture and fixtures, and office presentation equipment.
Plan on attending national or regional interior decorating shows and conventions where manufacturers display their products and conduct seminars.

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