How to become an Interior Designer

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: August 2016
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • What qualifications and skills are required?
  • Key market issues and trends
  • Trading, commercial and legal issues
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Interior designers plan and create designs for internal spaces and manage the implementation of design projects in both newly built properties and those that are undergoing renovation. They provide design services to both homeowners and commercial clients, combining creative skills with an understanding of architecture and current interior trends.

Some interior designers specialise in a particular subsector, such as listed and period properties, while in addition to design services, others also provide home staging and decluttering advice for homeowners who intend to sell their property.

Key commercial sectors for interior designers include the property, construction, hospitality and leisure sectors, as well as public sector organisations such as local authorities and hospitals. This profile provides information about starting up and running an interior design service. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the main legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.

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