Skills Needed to Become an Interior Designer- designaddict interiors

Skills Needed to Become an Interior Designer
Some people look at an empty house and are totally bewildered as to what to do with it in terms of colors, fixtures, window treatments and placement of furniture. An accomplished interior designer, however, can look at the same space and come up with a plan that will not only fit the client’s budget and time frame but will also reflect the personality and lifestyle of the family that will occupy it.
To go into business as an interior designer, you need to pass a qualifying exam administered by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification and hold a valid license issued by the state in which you plan to practice.
Most designers hold a Bachelor’s and/or Master’s in art, art history, textiles, graphic design, engineering, or architecture from accredited universities and art design schools. Designers must be well versed in building and safety codes, insurance coverage and licensing requirements for subcontractors.
Analytical Skills
A designer needs to be able to actively listen to and interpret a client’s vision as well as evaluate a room’s potential and determine what needs to go, what can be integrated with new pieces and how to maximize her client’s resources.
Leadership and Liaison
A designer needs to possess the confidence, discipline and communication skills to coordinate the work of general contractors, carpenters, painters, upholsterers, electricians, plumbers, furniture builders, and any other vendors associated with the decoration or renovation of a room or full house.
Drawing Skills
An interior designer needs to be able to produce concept sketches so clients will know what to expect in the finished product. If you don’t know how to draw, you’ll need to familiarize yourself with CAD software programs that can generate images and floorplans per your input.
Math Skills
Every project requires the development of a working budget that covers the cost of materials and labor, a time frame for completion and factors in a percentage for profit.
Attention To Detail
In addition to having a good eye for colors, patterns and textures, an interior designer needs to supervise the quality of her employees’ and subcontractors’ work, manage all contracts and budget documents, and be accountable for meeting agreed upon deadlines.