Friday, December 18, 2015

Interior Designers: Making the World Beautiful

Happy holidays everyone! During this Christmas week we are all thinking about spending time with family in festively decorated homes. Some of us choose to decorate our homes ourselves, but for the larger tasks of designing the interiors of our houses, especially during initial construction or move-in, professionals may be better suited for the larger & more complicated task. These talented workers are called Interior Designers & they specialize in making interior spaces functional, safe, & beautiful by determining space requirements & selecting decorative items such as colors, lighting & materials.

Interior designers work closely with architects, structural engineers, mechanical engineers & builders to determine how interior spaces will look, function & be furnished. They must be able to read blueprints & be aware of building codes & inspection regulations. Designers are generally artistically & creatively talented & draw up plans & designs for construction & installation. Some of these plans are hand-drawn, but most are created through the use of Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software. Many designers specialize in a particular type of building (residential or commercial), a specific room (bathroom or kitchen), or a specific style. Some designers work for home furnishings stores, providing design services to help customers choose materials & furnishings.

Interior designers are a regulated profession in many states, and in these states anyone who desires to be a professional interior designer must become certified. In states where laws restrict the use of the title "interior designer", only those who pass the state-approved exam, most commonly the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) exam, may call themselves registered interior designers. To sit for the exam, applicants typically must have at least a bachelor's degree in interior design & at least 2 years of experience. If you want to learn more about this creative & interesting profession, check out our handy infographic below for details on salaries, specializations, & future job growth. And be sure to come back to our Facebook & Twitter pages all week for more great interior design content! Happy Holidays everyone!!
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