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Interior Design

The art of interior design is a growing industry. Being able to envision how a room will look by coordinating color, texture, and design with the architecture is exciting. Whether you want to be a professional interior designer or just design your own home for fun, the results can be amazing.

For some reason, many people still believe that interior design consists of only choosing a color of paint, a wallpaper design, and curtains and you are done. In reality, being an interior designer means taking every detail of the room and the homeowners desires into account and finding the perfect balance to create the ultimate room. Other responsibilities include working with vendors, installer negotiations, paying for furniture, ordering supplies, keeping financial records to stay within budget, meeting building code, matching fabric, and so on.

When designing interiors, you can expect to be very busy but the work is also very rewarding. You will have the opportunity to work with wonderful people, learn from some of the best experts in a number of fields, go on buying trips, and design amazing rooms. To get started as an interior designer, you start as a Junior Designer, Specifier, or Assistant. From there, you work your way up to a Senior Designer, Project Manager, or a Partner. Once you have all your training completed, you can even open your own interior design studio.

The courses are varied and while some may seem more difficult than other courses, each will teach you something very important. Many special schools have been founded across the country that offers full accreditation, certifying you as an interior designer. Just as a doctor must be licensed, interior designers are also required to have a license to practice. Just keep in mind that the standards for earning thi license are strict.

In all, you will need six years of work experience in interior design, two years of interior design school plus four years of work experience, or four years in a FIDER accredited university/college in addition to two years of work experience before you can even take your National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) test.

To help you become the best interior designer possible, you will need some special tools. This would include AutoCad, which is a form of computer-related drafting. Additionally, there are many quality software programs on the market to help you gain even more experience and provide you with an opportunity to practice your newly learned skills.

Finally, you will discover that many specialty fields exist within the realm of interior design. For instance, you could choose to be a home interior designer in which residences would be your focus. The other advantage is a commercial interior designer, which involves decorating banks, restaurants, office buildings, hotels, shopping malls, and other commercial type structures.
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