Being an interior designer sounds glamorous, and while it’s a lot of fun, it also requires hard work and dedication. You not only have to be good at what you do, but you have to know how to work with different types of people.
Home-owners are either picky or they don’t have a clue about what they want. This is when you have to be able to step in and help them find some direction with their thoughts. You’re working within budgets and schedules and have to be fully attentive and detail oriented. See what every interior designer needs to be successful.
An eye for décor
Regardless of your background, you have to be someone who has a knack for interior design. Some of it can be taught, but a lot of it comes from natural talent. There has to be passion and ability present for you to impress your customers. Practice on your own home and see what you come up with. Go shopping and look around online for ideas and challenge yourself to mini decorating tasks. It’ll quickly become clear if it comes naturally to you or if you’re struggling.
As an interior designer, you have to sell your services to the home-owners. They have to fully understand your capabilities, what you’ve done in the past and your vision for their home. One way to do this is to visit each client and go over your presentation together. There’s presentation software online that’s easy to use and will help you get your message across clearly and concisely. This free presentation maker allows you to create professional business presentations without the need for programming or design skills.
Not only do you require the technical skills to decorate homes, but you also need to have a personality. Home-owners not only have to fall in love with your work but with you too. It’s helpful if you’re friendly, enthusiastic and approachable. You need to be able to adopt a wide range of styles and temperaments. You have to portray a positive and upbeat attitude about the project and help them see that you’re excited about your vision.
There’s no doubt that you’re going to have to be a patient person if you get into the interior design industry. Home-owners are going to drag their feet, change their minds and have you redo on a regular basis and you have to be prepared to handle it all as it develops. The good news is that patience is a quality you can work on and improve as time goes on. The more experience you have under your belt, the easier it’ll be to adopt whatever comes your way.
These are a few of the necessary requirements for making it in the industry. Evaluate where you fall on the spectrum and work to improve in the areas where you feel you come up short. This is what every interior designer needs to be successful.
We love this space! This Swoon Worthy boho glam kitchen belongs to Kimberly Duran; Pennsylvania-born, Manchester-based, multi-award-winning lifestyle blogger.
Swoon Worthy is the name of her blog and ‘eclectic boho glam’ is the fitting phrase she uses to describe her style.
Kimberly’s bold use of black, metallics and print is in evidence all around her house however, it’s in her kitchen that we love it the most. Copper, brass & gold against black is a match made in heaven and so, so current. The open, overhead shelves show off her collection of beautiful glass and china to great effect.
If you’ve fallen for Kimberly’s kitchen, you’ll love the rest of her home. Go check out her ‘doing up’ story on her website.
- Bitra hook rail
- Hotpoint PHPN64FAMK 60cm chimney cooker hood – black
- Solid marble serving dish on stand
- Freight brass pepper mill
- DeLonghi – White ‘Brillante’ kettle
- Chef non-stick turner
- Bloomingville golden flat grater
- Monogram mugs
- Gold monogram mugs
- Spotted porcelain mug
- Leopard-print porcelain bowl
- Gold ladle
- Gold whisk
- Gold spatula
- Ruffoni kitchen jars
- Love Leopard wallpaper, peach
What a laid back kitchen diner! The space belongs to Dee Campling, Instagram doyenne and co-founder of the myhomevibe hashtag.
It has a natural Scandi feel – very modern, yet homely too.
You can imagine her family sitting here having their breakfast, the kids doing their homework or the grown-ups sharing a bottle of wine after the young ones have gone to bed. A space for all the family!
- 45” handmade jute macramé hanging basket pot holder
- 300mm silver disco mirror ball
- Samsung The Frame Art Mode ultra HD TV
- Stendig wall calendar
- Charles and Ray Eames DAW chair by Vitra
- Euphorbia Ingens cactus
- Seagrass basket
- BJURSTA oak veneer extendable table
This monochrome open-plan living space belongs to textile designer and Rosendahl Design Group Creative Director, David Andersen‘s Copenhagen home.
Wonderful light enters the space from all directions – the kitchen area being particularly blessed, which is ideal for food preparation and cooking tasks.
It’s a very pared back, masculine interior – no unnecessary fuss in evidence here. The interior décor has a strong design-led feel with some real Scandi classics in evidence. It’s striking, yet very functional.
- PH ‘Snowball’ pendant lamp by Louis Poulsen
- Set of 2 Kay Bojesen Lovebirds
- Verner Panton ‘Panthella’ floor lamp
- CH24 Wishbone Chair black beech & black paper cord seat
- ‘About a stool’ bar stool by Hay
- Kubus 8 Candleholder by Lassen
- Fredericia No1 3-seater sofa designed by Børge Mogensen
Have a look at some of the other interiors (and exteriors) that we’ve featured in our Get their look series.
There are so many clues in this interior as to the nationality and occupation of the owner; it’s an Italian chef’s kitchen. Lucas Migliorelli‘s apartment is in a castle; the kitchen floors are made of marble and there’s a huge chandelier hanging from a high, frescoed ceiling.
We’d highly recommend you to have a look at the rest of the photos from the house tour. His kitchen – especially in the eyes of two ex-chefs – is so perfectly kitted out!
- ILO soft touch magnetic knife rack
- Vintage style pasta collage poster
- Bialetti ‘Moka Express’ espresso maker, green/red
- Vonshef manual pasta maker
- Boleslawiec pottery sugar bowl
- Vintage copper stove top kettle
- Vintage copper strainer/colander
- White marble pestle and mortar
- Red enamel colander
Have a look at some of the other interiors featured in our Get their look series
This grey industrial kitchen – and the house it belongs to, is one of the most stunning we’ve seen in a while!
The Barcelona apartment was renovated by Jaime Beriestain back in 2015. Despite the fact that this room doesn’t get much natural light, the owners were brave enough to paint the walls, ceiling and cabinetry such a shadowy shade.
The combination of dark grey, copper and natural wood is a modern classic that remains hugely popular. Objects that could otherwise get slightly lost, really stand out and draw your eye. The light that does pervade the space is somehow enhanced, and you notice its play on shiny and reflective surfaces.
There’s a profusion of hard surfaces and materials which is very practical for a kitchen… and yet, despite this, the room retains a real warmth. We love it!
- Vintage XL French bread board
- ALANA rectangular mirror in brass
- Sycamore chopping board
- Extra large marble pedestal pestle & mortar
- Black BACKIG dinnerware
- Industrial style adjustable swivel bar stool
- Smeg TR90BL1 Victoria single cavity 90cm wide dual fuel range cooker, black
Have a look at some of the other interiors we’ve featured in our Get their look series.