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Interior Designer

education Degree programs in interior design may be accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation or from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Most schools that offer interior design programs enroll students through art, architecture or design departments.Licensure requires passing a state-approved exam, typically the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) exam. To qualify for taking the NCIDQ exam students must have a combination of education and experience, typically the minimum of a bachelor's degree and two years on-the-job training. An interior design career typically begins with an apprenticeship or other supervised professional experience.

working with clientsInterior designers definitely work with a high-end clientele. Having an interior designer/architect is undeniable a luxury that only the very wealthy can afford.They rarely do work in apartments under $3 million, but generally they're worth much more than that. Almost 70% of all consumers prefer a fixed fee. A fixed fee is a set amount paid for work or a service, that does not change with the time the work takes or the amount the service is used. Allow the clients the option to purchase some items on their own.Discuss deadlines before you sign a contract.Decide how you will and won’t work before you have your next conversation with a prospective client.

salaryThe median annual wage for interior designers was $47,600 in May 2012. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $25,670the top 10 percent earned more than $86,900most make between $30,563 - $62,548According to a report by the BLS, interior designers are expected to see employment growth of 13% between 2012 and 2022, which is about average. In May 2013, the BLS reported that interior designers earned an annual average salary of $54,200, with most interior designers employed by the specialized design service industry, by architectural, engineering and related services firms and by furniture stores.

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Interior designerby Keriann Lettieri

introductionInterior designers need to be educated in the history of design, the structural integrity of buildings, building codes, ergonomics, spatial concepts, ethics, psychology, computer-aided drawing (CAD) and much more. Learning about plumbing codes, electricity and load-bearing walls may not excite you, but it is required. It may seem obvious, but in order to become an interior designer, you need to have an innate flair for color, spatial arrangements, architecture and textiles. The field may be competitive, but with a little hard work and a stellar portfolio, you can become a successful interior designer.

designers must know how to read blueprints, must understand building and fire codes and must make spaces accessible for disabled individuals or those who have special needs.An interior designer’s focus is usually to decorate a space. This means choosing a style and a color palette, and selecting furniture, lighting fixtures, floor and window coverings and artwork to fit within the design plan.Interior designers also plan and design the architectural elements of a space, like crown molding, built-in bookshelves, windows or staircases. Interior designers sometimes work in cooperation with architects, electricians and building contractors. These professionals have specialized knowledge of structures and their uses, and their advice helps achieve functional design.


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