Interior Designers plan and design the interior environments of a range of buildings, from homes to corporate offices. They make effective use of interior spaces by ensuring that all the needs of the occupants and functions of a space are catered for.
Interior Designers work to a design brief and need to carry out detailed research that includes consideration of their client's wishes, ensuring the designs they produce reflect the client's image and identity. They may work on the construction or the redevelopment of building interiors, to develop designs that are appropriate, functional and aesthetically pleasing. Clients range from homeowners to large corporations. The spaces and rooms interior designers create are equally varied, ranging from simple indoor and outdoor home environments to hotel lobbies and lavish mansions. No matter the size, every interior designer works to create spaces that are attractive yet functional. Spaces must also be safe while meeting the specific needs of the client.
An Interior Designer is typically an independent contractor who must build a client base. In some instances, a designer will work for a larger firm. In either case, he or she must excel in order to build a positive reputation in the industry and secure future work.
Through the use of furniture placement, color palettes, decorations and functional decor, he or she will create kitchens that are beautiful yet functional and theatre entrances that convey the excitement of a blockbuster film while ensuring crowd safety. Elements such as artwork, lighting, window treatments and flooring must work together to contribute to an overall look that will satisfy the client's needs.
An Interior Designer may specialize in commercial or residential design or be involved in both. Two new and emerging areas of interior design are green design and ergonomic design. In ergonomic design, designers work to create spaces, especially work environments, that contribute to good posture for employees confined to offices for most of the day. For laborers, designers create spaces and work areas that will result in reduced muscle strain. Green design incorporates the use of renewable, recycled or energy-efficient elements to create a more environmentally friendly space
Interior designers need to be able to develop designs that suit both the client and the characteristics of a building or room. A designer can work in property and business services, or provide services in construction or retailing. They may be self-employed or work with a design group. They can be expected to visit clients in their home or office, and can work long hours including weekends and evenings.