Imagine designing a dream home with all the color and space conceivable. This illustrates the work of an interior designer. A "schemer, intriguer, or plotter," could prosper in a career of design (dictionary.com, 'designer'). A career in interior design allows innate abilities of creativity and organization to be practiced in satisfying a client's desire for style and flare in their home or workplace.
The work of an interior designer requires a natural skill to work with people and to decipher what a client desires. "The designer's job is to evaluate, plan, and design the interior areas of residential, commercial, and industrial places." (Careers in Focus: Design.) A few simple jobs consist of helping clients to select fixtures and furniture, supervising the coordination of colors and materials, obtaining estimates and costs within the client?s budget, and overseeing the execution and installation of the project. Some very important details designers must be aware of are the architectural requirements, space planning, and the function or purpose of the environment.
In the past, there have been many famous artists, but few of them contributed their artistic skills to the design of the home. Michelangelo was a famous interior designer who created the most magnificent places for the richest of people. He made quantum use of his beautiful sculptures and paintings to create a rich ambiance. This is how interior design first began as a career. Years later, furniture, draperies, and wall coverings were included. Elsie de Wolfe was the first to practice interior design in the 1950s. Adam and Louis Comfort Tiffany, two American brothers, began a company to create beautiful furnishings and art, especially stained glass.
The proper education and training for this lifetime career is essential for success. While in high school it can be helpful and valuable to take courses in art history, design, fine arts, and drafting. Another aspect of interior design (that is, besides the art viewpoint) is business. Interior design is often run by a small business in which it can be very important to have some knowledge in subjects such as marketing, advertising, accounting, and management (Careers in Focus: Design).
Most designers go through a college or specialized education before entering the field, but some base their careers entirely on high school courses. For a complete list of recommended courses for college, see Appendix A. When applying for a job, it is beneficial to have a college education because a designer is more desirable when one knows they are fully capable. The Encyclopedia of Careers and Vocational Guidance points out that ?there are more than 120 accredited interior design programs offered through art, architecture, and home economics in schools?. Professional schools usually offer two or three year certificates or diplomas in interior design and undergraduate degrees in four year programs. It is highly recommended to take...