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Skills you should possess to emerge as an eminent interior designer

Posted on Monday, April 30, 2018

Kulneet Suri, senior director at Institute of Management Studies (IMS), Noida, shares his views on the major skills needed to become a sought-after interior designer

One of the essential ingredients that give a building or a structure a touch of completion is interior designing. It can thus be called both - art and science. The space arrangements, functionality, and measurements lend it a scientific tone, whereas the colour scheme and designing lend it the artistic touch. If décor, design, and creation of consistent colour schemes are some of the things that you love, then interior designing can be the right career choice for you.

Interior designers are presently hired largely by companies, individuals, and real estate agents for the decoration of spaces like offices, bedrooms, living rooms, and so on. Though the career opportunities are diverse and vast if you are planning to join this line of work, but in order to be one among the league of eminent interior designers, certain skills are an absolute necessity. Let us take a look at what the top qualities are that you need to possess to join the ranks of the eminent personas in the interior designing industry. 

Colour balancing skills

Having skills pertaining to balancing out colours is one of the most important talents in the armoury of interior designers. It is not just about getting the subtle colours to amalgamate with the vibrant ones. It is also about making the vibrant colours aesthetically pleasing. Colours affect the moods and spatial perception and thus, intelligent use of the hues can earn brownie points for a designer.

Knowledge of technical aspects

Technical know-how has become a huge part of interior designing, thanks to the advent of the new-age interior designing software. The designing and visualisation are a lot dependent on the computers as it comes with added precision and lack of glitches. Any distinguished designer should have, at his or her disposal, a variety of software as a lot of planning and visualisation is dependent on these.

Familiarity with building codes

The electrical and building codes are the two things that any interior designer worth his or her salt would be familiar with. Designing plans are only effective when the designer is well aware of the codes of construction. If you can work in close coordination with the electricians and the plumbers, not only does the job gets done quickly, but also the efficiency of your designs increases manifold.

Brilliant communication skills

An eminent designer has to work with a group of people, which includes vendors, clients, and others involved in the designing process. Thus, communication skills are of prime significance to an interior designer. Communication is also of vital importance to ensure that the work being performed is in line with what the client is anticipating.

Commitment to the Clients

The clients and their instructions come first to any interior designer. He or she has to mould the designs according to the requirements and wishes of the clients. You can think of it as blending your creativity and vision with the ideas of the clients to bring out the best designs.

Knowledge about the Fabrics

It would be wrong to assume that interior designing is all about designs and colour. Fabrics form an important part of the design story with the designer also involved in deciding drapes for the upholsteries and windows. The choice of fabrics depends on the type of room, nature of climate, the amount of sun exposure, and so on.

Gone are the days when people used to manage the decoration and color schemes all by themselves and now even for the simplest of projects, people look to have that expert touch that can only be brought forward by the interior designers. To meet the growing demand, the need of the hour is creating designers, who are of top order in terms of their work and skill set.


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