What Does It Take To Be An Interior Designer?

There are plenty of misconceptions about what an interior designer really does and how the role of an interior designer should be viewed. Understanding what it takes to be an interior designer and gain interior design certification is essential to building a better picture of the role of interior designers for clients and other professionals. This understanding is also essential for those interested in pursuing a career in interior design. Here we look at the skills, talents, training and study required to become a certified interior designer, and how this training allows interior designers to make a valuable contribution to the design build industry.



Of course, a natural talent and interest in interior design is an important part of becoming a successful interior designer. Interior design requires an excellent knowledge of architecture styles, spatial arrangements, textures, colors and floor plans in order to bring a client’s design dream to life. One of an interior designer’s many goals is to make a space more aesthetically pleasing and spatially comfortable. A natural flair for the creative and artistic allows an interior designer to bring the best out of any space, whether classic or modern, residential or commercial.



The requirement for many interior design agencies, as well as interior design certification, is that the designer has adequate training and professional qualifications in interior design. This usually involves completing an accredited Bachelors Degree in Interior Design that allows the designer to be eligible for interior design certification. This training equips the designer with a thorough knowledge of design styles, design history, building structure, building codes, ergonomics, spatial concepts, ethics, psychology, and even computer-aided drawing (CAD). Interior design study also allows a designer to develop a working knowledge of relevant building codes and other specialty areas of design such as universal design and design for aging-in-place.



Hands on experience is essential for developing the design intuition and client service skills that make an interior designer outstanding. At least 2 years of practical experience is required for designers who wish to become certified and use the title ‘certified interior designer’. Practical experience also allows an interior designer to build a quality portfolio of their previous work which allows potential clients to see what the designer is capable of, and determine whether a designer is right for a given project.


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Certification is a step that allows many interior designers to have their qualifications and experience fully recognized. Designers can apply for interior design certification after fulfilling the qualifying criteria, which includes receiving an eligible degree in Interior Design and completing 2 years of practical experience. After passing the certification exam, an interior designer is qualified to call themselves a ‘certified interior designer’ in recognition of their high level of skill, training and experience.


Certified interior designers are leaders in the interior design field, and can provide expert services for homes, businesses and commercial centers for more efficient, safe, and comfortable design. Becoming a certified interior designer is a comprehensive process that ensures the highest level of design quality and outstanding results no matter what your design needs are.


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