The pros and cons, or advantages and disadvantages of becoming an interior designer are endless of course, but I’ll cover the top few here. I’m not just speaking from experience, (I have been an interior designer for many years), I’m also listing what I hear others in the industry say. Step one is understanding what we actually do everyday, which helps me explain the pros and cons.
So here’s the main advantage of becoming an interior designer, we’ll call it PRO # 1 –
“I love the way you were able to use our existing things, and make it look fresh.”
“It’s like you read my mind, how did you nail my taste so well?!”
“My friends can’t get over the change! We actually want to have people over now.”
Now instead of a pro, lets state the #1 disadvantage of becoming an interior designer:
….wouldn’t you rather know what you’re really getting into?
It’s not just creative artistic work, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but picking out nice looking things is only about 20% of what you’ll actually do. Below I listed what you’ll really spend your time doing.
1) Communication –
Trying to get the homeowners or office manager to be realistic, so they don’t make impulse purchases!
Unless you are willing to spend money on expensive advertising (I’ve never advertised). You probably can’t dive into it as your main source of income until you’ve paid your dues by working for someone else. You could start by working at a high end furniture store, fabric store, or perhaps an art gallery? During this time, you could do interior design part time so you can create a web site or portfolio of your work.
I learned a great deal by working at a very high end furniture store for many years before going out on my own! After all, you’ll need to be able to understand furniture size & scale, durability & fabric content, architectural specifications, rug qualities, color tones, terms of styles, etc.
Disadvantage number 3 of becoming an interior designer:
Tough clients, I don’t mean rude clients, most of them are very nice!! What I’m referring to is clients who hire you, but don’t listen, they continue to make impulse buys. There’s times when I tell people a furniture piece is the wrong size, to later hear them say “you were right, I just hate it now that it’s in the room, it looked so different in the store”. Or, I explain things about sofa cushion content, or fabric durability (lack of) and they still make an impulse buy – to later say they wish they hadn’t.
Or there’s clients that say “look what I bought, can you find a place for it? I can’t seem to find a place for it”. They admit it wasn’t a wise choice, but now that they’ve paid for it, they aren’t able to return it – perhaps from that local art gallery that gave them several glasses of wine? 🙂 Or perhaps from that commission sales person who insisted it would be perfect! It’s the wrong size and scale, or style, but we’re stuck with it.
Advantage number 3 of becoming and interior designer.
Unlike many fields such as accounting, computer work, etc. your degree doesn’t have to be in interior design. I highly recommend a bachelor degree in business or some field, but I believe that you either have a gift for interior design or you don’t. You can either spot what’s wrong with a room or you can’t! You either have amazing attention to detail or you don’t! You can either pick a perfect wall paint color every time, or you can’t. You either have a strong work ethic and are willing to study architecture, period design, etc. or you’re not. If you have all these traits, then you have a major advantage over the competition.
If you are willing to find a mentor, you can learn a great deal. Every week I have someone offer to work for our design team “for free so I can learn” but each time I tried it, they weren’t willing to really listen and learn.
Do you want to share your thoughts on the advantages and disadvantages that I haven’t listed here? After all, it’s a subject in which one could go on and on for hours –
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See this link:
- How to hire a good interior designer?
- How to communicate with your interior designer?
- What questions to ask a designer before your remodeling or new construction begins?
- How much will it cost to decorate and furnish my home?
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