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Don’t Make These Interior Design Mistakes 1

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Don’t Make These Interior Design Mistakes 1

Becoming an interior designer is certainly not an easy thing. You have to be a leader, a multitasker and even a bookkeeper. Hence, the chances of making mistakes are very high. If you are a newbie interior designer, you should definitely think about getting the most suitable ideas for your clients. However, lack of experience might make you commit a few mistakes. Below, we are discussing the points where new designers go wrong. Keep them in mind while you are decorating your new project. Make your own choices You should not let anyone make choices for you, not even your clients. Your home is the best place for you to start your first design assignment. You would definitely not consider someone else’s opinion while decorating your home, isn’t it? You need to adopt the same approach for all your projects as well. Trust yourself and your skills. Of course, you can ask people for suggestions if you are stuck between options. However, the final words should always be yours. Decide the color theme first It is quite possible that you don’t get fabrics and curtains in the color of your choice. Usually people think that painting their home first is a bad idea and they should focus on buying upholstery first. However, this is also not the best approach for you. Instead of choosing a single color for the theme, choose multiple colors that would match with each other and still create a decent look. This would help you a lot in creating a good décor. You should be ready for surprises like these as the suppliers and contractors might not have what you want at all times. Don’t use paint chips to choose colors Most people think that they can choose colors by looking at paint chips in the store. This could be the worst way of choosing colors. The fluorescent lights of the store might make you believe that a color would look good on your walls but that is not necessary in your house. The lighting conditions are very different there. Therefore, instead of looking at the colors in the paint store, better paint a small mat or cardboard and hang it on the walls which you want to paint. It would give you a clear idea of how the color will look on the walls. Ensure that you use your own paint templates in order to decide the theme colors for your clients. As a designer, you need to have an exceptional sense of color. Keep swatches with you You should never decide what you want to buy in the store. Instead of this, you should be keeping your own folder full of swatches with you and check whether any of these swatches can be used in your design nicely or not. When you bring these swatches to the client’s home, check them out in the lights available in these places. It would be easier for you to decide what to choose and what to neglect in such a...

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What Matters The Most In An Interior Design Concept?

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What Matters The Most In An Interior Design Concept?

If you are a newbie interior designer, then you must already be overwhelmed with the kind of work that you have to do. There are so many new clients coming up with many different requirements. However, you don’t know what to do with these requests. The most difficult question that needs to be answered by you is related to the theme of the interior design. Of course, people have a lot of concepts in their mind. You might have your own ideas related to your space. So how does it become possible for you to define the best design for a space? We will find out next. Where does the confusion lie? The real confusion begins because of the client. Are we serious? You have already learnt that the client is never wrong and you need to do whatever the client wants. However, when you start to work, you realize that the client is always ‘almost right’. Most of the clients don’t even know what they are looking for. Some of them have had a good look at the ideas available online. They feel that the fancy ideas available on the internet can be realized in their homes very easily. Obviously, this is never the truth. Your job as an interior designer is to find out the best option for the client and tell him your point of view as well. Of course, you should try to incorporate his ideas into your design as well. However, make sure that the design idea suits the space. So what is the right way to go? As an interior designer, your first preference should be studying the space. Check out the dimensions of the space, make appropriate sketches and find out the peculiarities of the space that can be utilized by you in order to bring design brilliance to your home. Then you should be utilizing your knowledge in order to find the best designs and concepts for the space. It is at this time that you should talk to the client about his needs. Clients usually do not have a certain theme or idea in mind. However, they would definitely tell you about what they like or dislike or if there is something specific that they would want to see in that space. Include these points by the client in your design. Finally check whether the space that you have created really matches with the personality as well as the needs of the client. If yes, then go ahead and start designing and decorating the space. In order to avoid any kind of conflict later on, you should make sure that you involve your clients in some of the decisions of interior designing and show him that you are really working in his benefit. As long as your client has confidence in you, you will be able to provide him a great result. However, if he does not believe in you, then chances are high that he would create problems in the end. So make sure that you focus on design concepts that include some of your client’s ideas as...

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Interior Designing As A Career Option

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Interior Designing As A Career Option

Interior designing can be wonderful career option for most women. It is a relatively colorful and exciting color option that would certainly be enjoyed by you. Every day is a new challenge and offers many interesting insights as well. So let us know everything about interior designing as a career option so that you can explore it too. Job description of an interior designer An interior designer has to ensure that he enhances the space that is assigned to him. He has to improve the utility, form, function as well as aesthetics of a space. They would take furniture, colors, lighting and textures into account and ensure that the needs of the homeowners are met. Interior designers work for homes, offices and even schools and shopping malls. You can even specialize in any of these spaces to fetch a higher fee per hour. Educational qualifications One of the essential educational qualifications for an interior designer is a four year degree in interior designing. Many professional colleges around the States provide degree courses in interior design. A bachelor’s degree earned by a four year program is the most desirable. However, a certificate or an associate degree can also be earned if you opt for a two or three year course. Either way, you would be able to start working with an interior designer. There are many apprentice programs available with architect firms and design firms where you would easily find work. After this, you can either continue to work as an associate or start your own business as well. It would not be a good idea to start your interior designer business right away. So becoming an associate will definitely be a good option for you. Licenses Many states require an interior designer to take a license. He would also have to register and certify himself. These requirements change from state to state. Therefore, you should check whether your state demands any such licensing or certification and get it as soon as possible. Ideally, you will have to pass an exam after you have had at least 6 years of study and hands-on work experience. Moreover, you will also have to enroll for continuing education programs in the meanwhile. Growth opportunities Most of the interior designers prefer to work for different design firms where they advance in their career one step at a time. You can start as an apprentice and later become a chief designer as well. However, for people with a drive to start their own business, it is always better to first get sufficient experience and then look for a dependable clientele. You can also think about starting your career by working on all kinds of projects and then specializing in one field. For example, you can become a specialized home designer or an office designer. This is one career option that will grow significantly till 2018. Therefore, there are still many opportunities left for you to grab. Make sure that you utilize them and find a great...

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Do You Have The Qualities Of An Interior Designer

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Do You Have The Qualities Of An Interior Designer

It is not very easy to become an interior designer. A lot of people come to this field because they like furnishing their own house. They might be very fond of beautiful colors and furnishings and think that they can turn their hobby or liking into a good business idea. There is nothing wrong with this concept per se. However, this does not mean that it would turn out to be a profitable business venture for everyone. This is because interior decoration as a business is quite different than buying home décor items for your own home. There are certain perks of every business that need to understand before you step into it. You understand colors If you do not have a good understanding of colors and how to use them together, then you should probably start learning about it. This understanding would help you in giving the best services to your clients. Remember, colors are the most important element of interior decoration. You will have to focus as much on colors as possible. Hence, achieve mastery on color combinations in any case. You like multitasking As an interior decorator, you will definitely have to multitask all the time. You will work as a decorator, bookkeeper, manager, supervisor and even as a contractor. Not only this, you will also work as a consultant to your clients. As a result of this, it would become very difficult for you to handle too many things at once. If you are not someone who can multitask, then you should definitely think about quitting this business or learn how to handle so many things at once. It would definitely sound very overwhelming to you at first, but trust us, this ability will definitely help you in the long run. Your personality traits matter the most when you are in this kind of business. You have to be a leader If you want to be an interior decorator, then you have to be a leader. You will have to manage a lot of people at once which would include your crew, contractors and even your clients. If you are not a natural leader, you would definitely face a lot of issues in handling so many people together. Make sure that you are learning how to exercise your authority without being too aggressive or demanding. Don’t be too soft spoken with everyone and make sure that you don’t push around with people. You like organizing Interior decorating is all about organizing. If you are not good at organizing, then you would probably be facing a lot of troubles in your new business. Remember, you will be organizing work, people, money and even your time. All this could become very overwhelming if you do not know how to organize things properly. These were a few qualities that every interior designer should possess. If you have them, you are ready for business. However, even if you don’t have them, don’t worry. Just try to cultivate these qualities as habits and you will be good to go....

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The Other Side Of Interior Decoration -2

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The Other Side Of Interior Decoration -2

In the previous post, we read about the ways in which you would be able to start an interior decorating business. Those tips helped you in understanding what the real interior decoration market is about and what can you do in order to overcome your shortcomings. In this post too, we would be discussing about similar problems and issues and making sure that you have a successful interior decorating business. Let’s get started. You need to learn how to resolve conflicts When you are dealing with people, conflict becomes inevitable. Sometimes, the clients do not like what you offered them. Sometimes, the clients get confused and then blame you for all the mistakes. There could even be times when you have issues with contractors, plumbers, painting professional and more. You have to learn how to resolve conflicts as well. This would help you in the long run. Some people are just difficult to handle. First, try to make sure that you are not that difficult person. When you have checked this item, then you can go ahead and learn how to deal calmly with others. This would help you build long term relations and would also help you keep your clients satisfied at all times. Successful interior decorators always know how to manage their clientele well. Learn how to manage money If you are not very good in managing money, then you will probably have a lot of problems in managing your interior decoration business. In such a business, you need to keep a check on every dollar being spent and a failure to do so would ruin your business. You will have to keep all your expenses on track and also make sure that your crew also does the same. Lack of good money management skills will leave you in a loss, no matter how much you earn. Hence, you should always make sure that you keep your client’s money in close check. A failure to do so would lead you in hot waters and sometimes even the court. Understand your limits As a beginner, you are not expected to know everything about interior decoration. Of course, you would try your best to know everything about interior decoration as you possibly can. However, in case you find that you would not be able to do justice with a project, don’t feel shy to say no to it. There is no harm in learning what you don’t know about. However, do not do this at the expense of your clients. One dissatisfied client is equal to a hundred satisfied clients. The chances of a client coming back to you are higher if you tell them that you cannot handle such a big project in the beginning but would definitely do so in the future. If you do his work and ruin everything, then you will definitely land in trouble. So try to make sure that you are not just being a good interior decorator, but a good service provider in...

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The Other Side Of Interior Decoration -1

Posted by on May 24, 2015 in blog roll | 0 comments

The Other Side Of Interior Decoration -1

Interior decoration often looks like a ‘cute career’ to many women. Considering what you are getting to see on different decoration websites and Pinterest, it is quite common that women think about interior decoration as a career. They think that interior decoration would give them flexible work times and would also be able to provide them a great work from home opportunity. Well, in the beginning, everything seems very beautiful and heavenly. However, you need to understand that interior decoration is not as easy as it seems. It is not a very smooth ride. Learn about the other side of interior decoration that people usually don’t talk about. You will have to be very organized As an interior decorator, you will have to be a very organized person. You cannot help but be an organized person. Anyone who wants to be an interior designer will have to keep tab on a lot of things. This will include receipts and even swatches of fabrics. A disorganized person will hardly find any kind of value in the interior decoration business. In fact, it is quite possible that you misplace everything and have issues in answering your own queries and doubts later on. You have to be a manager and a bookkeeper before you become an interior designer. If organization is not your cup of tea, this business is not for you. Networking is essential You should not think that you will be able to market your business in isolation. If you think that you will do the interiors for your friends and relatives and then simply wait for a huge clientele to follow you, you are absolutely wrong. Yes, doing some work for people you already know would be very helpful for you in the beginning. However, this does not mean that you don’t network with people of your field. You should be trying to contact them and learn about the nitpicks of the trade as well. Not only this, you will also have to start talking with contractors in your area. You should keep the numbers of electricians and plumbers handy as well. This would help you a lot in ensuring that you are getting your contracts completed on time. If you search for these people at the last moment, you will probably be facing a lot of issues. Hence, it is essential that you focus on getting as many contacts as possible. These people would not only work for you but also recommend you whenever someone they know is in need. Know when you have to say no There will be many types of clients when you are working as an interior decorator. Some of them would not even understand what interior design is all about. Most of them are confused about what they want and some are so adamant upon their designs that they do not wish to accept an improvement in what they have decided. You will come across all sorts of clients when you work as an interior decorator. Make sure that your client also has realistic expectations about his work and he knows what to expect from you. If not, just say...

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How Do You Get Started In The Interior Decorator Business?

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How Do You Get Started In The Interior Decorator Business?

As a homemaker who has decorated her house, you might have received a lot of compliments till date. Some people must have definitely suggested to you to get started with an interior decoration business of your own. If this is the case, then you should definitely try to make sure that you get started with a small business for sure. It would help you a lot in getting some great options for a secondary source of income. Moreover, your creativity would also get a vent. So how do you get started in an interior decorator business? Getting started with an interior decorator business Remember that an interior decoration business needs a lot of your attention and time. It is not possible that you would get business as soon as you start a business. Hence, it is always essential to have patience. We are discussing some tips that will definitely help you start and grow your business and get some great job opportunities as well. Take a look. The first step is to know where you are. You should definitely check how much you know about this business before you get started. Our advice is to check some journals, books and magazines on this subject. You can even check the options available to you online. Learn how is interior decoration carried out and what kind of market is available to you in your vicinity. When you do so, it would become very easy for you to manage your business. Start networking with people. Try to talk to other interior designers and decorators in your area. You can even get in touch with some nearby furniture stores. They would tell you about the kind of opportunities that are available in their stores. Moreover, it would be easier for you to do a SWOT analysis for yourself if you talk to people who are already working in this field. You have to make sure that you are meeting local people. Even if they are your friends, try to talk to them regarding their expectations about an interior decorators and then make sure that you are fulfilling most of them. Ideally, the more people you network with, the better reputation you will have. You should try to make sure that you are meeting all the local suppliers for your daily needs. As an interior decorators, your daily needs would include different kind of fabrics, paints etc. You should even keep in touch with some local plumbers and electricians in your area. It would help you a lot in doing your job more efficiently. Remember, before you start publicizing yourself, you should do some work that can be shown to people. You need to practice before you become perfect. Decorate the rooms of your friends, family and relatives or even your neighbors for a very low fee or even for free. This a time when you are more concerned about skill building rather than earning money. So make sure that you get ample practice. You would not believe how fruitful it would be for the...

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What Do You Need In Order To Become An Interior Decorator

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What Do You Need In Order To Become An Interior Decorator

Do you want to become an interior decorator? If yes, then you must definitely be reading about this career opportunity everywhere. As a woman who is willing to work from home at flexible times, it might be difficult for you in the beginning to find out a job of your choice. However, if you are persistent and you present your resume in a good way, then the chances of you fetching a good project are always high. Here are some things that you might need in order to become a successful interior designer. Artistic ability Though artistic ability is not an absolute essential, it would be better for you to keep yourself posted about the latest trends in this field. You should also have basic drawing skills. Otherwise, it would be difficult to put your ideas on paper. If you can’t draw well on paper, you should at least be able to work well with some interior decoration software. You should definitely be great at computers. It would be better for you to learn some 3D design software. Some clients would not be able to understand your designs unless you show them a 3D model. This is a necessity in today’s world and you should definitely be able to do this. Professional organization There are professional organizations for interior decorators and you should definitely be joining them. Again, this is not compulsory for you. It is not that you would not be getting any good assignments because you are not a member of any organization. However, keeping in touch with people who work in the same field always has its own set of advantages. You can join the Certified Interior Decorators (CID) or Interior Design Society (IDS). Whether you want to join an organization or not is entirely up to you. These organizations can offer you many opportunities for further education. Moreover, you will get to network with others as well. In case you don’t wish to join these organizations, you should be able to join some online networks for interior decorators. You need to work in the field as well Yes, you will have to work a lot in the field. From getting the right fabrics to searching for the right colors, there is a lot that you would need to do when you become an interior decorator. You should always remember that you will have to work a little towards sales and marketing as well. Why? It is because you are an independent interior decorator and you don’t have an entire marketing team to handle your business. As a result of this, it would be better for you to learn something about sales and marketing as well. The more you do it, the more you would be able to expand your business. Remember, no matter what career you choose, sales will always be an integral part of it. Hence, understanding the sales process is really very essential. Don’t forget to brush up your knowledge on how to talk to clients and convince...

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Questions Women Ask About Interior Decoration Business

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Questions Women Ask About Interior Decoration Business

A lot of women who wish to start an interior decoration business are confused about beginning the business. Sure, you have a lot of time in your hand and want to utilize your skills in order to create a business. However, finding out the right way forward in the business is not the easiest thing that you will accomplish. As a successful interior decoration business owner, you do not have to think too much about finding the right fabric and the colors. This is a very easy thing to accomplish. You have to first check whether you have all it takes to become a successful business owner. Here are a few questions that women ask when they want to start an interior decoration business. What is the difference between interior designer and interior decorator? There is a vast difference between the two. Interior designers are generally degreed and licensed professionals who design a space and ensure that they use all the peculiarities of the space in order to bring the best look in the room. When you want to start your business, you should better start as an interior decorator. As a decorator, your job is to enhance the space by using different colors, designs, textures and even accents. You will have to make sure that the room looks positive and you are able to get a great look and positive environment in the room. How do you know if I am a good decorator? If you are a good decorator, then you would certainly love your job. You might enter a room and find out all the ways in which you are able to improve its look. A good interior decorator would not wait for someone to tell them to decorate a room. They would have spontaneous ideas about a good room decoration. In addition to this, good interior decorators often have a very good eye for patterns, accents and even colors. They can instantly visualize what would look good and what would not. As a result of this, they can be defined as people with a very high degree of imagination who understand colors very well. If you have such qualities, then you can also become an interior decorator. Do you need a degree to get started? In general, you do not have to receive a degree in order to start an interior decorator business. However, if you are able to get some formal knowledge about the same, it would help in enhancing your skills a lot. Try to get a degree for sure. However, just in case you are not able to do so, find the most definitive guidebooks to interior decoration and find some online courses for the same. Chances are high that you will become a good decorator in this way. We have tried to answer a few questions that women generally ask when they wish to start an interior decorating business. Remember, nothing is impossible. If you have what it takes to a designer, go ahead and be one. Nothing can stop...

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Getting Started With An Interior Design

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Getting Started With An Interior Design

Do you have a great interior design idea in your mind? It is quite possible that you would want to share it with the world. However, designing interior is not that easy. You have to depend upon a lot of factors to make interior designing work for you. Hence, it is essential that you check out the following tips about getting started with an interior design. A design is essential Do not think that you would be creating a design as you go. You should have a definite design before you start decorating your home. Check what kind of décor suits your home the most. You should find a design that suits your personality. If you are someone who prefers antique things, then an antique style of home design would be perfect for you. However, if you like very modern and ultra-chic interiors, then the contemporary style of home design is perfect for you. Selecting a theme would likely take a lot of time but it would always be worth the effort. Consider the space You have to consider a few things about space. The first would be the dimensions of the space. Make sure that you are measuring the dimensions of your room before you decorate it. Ideally, smaller rooms should not be using very heavy décor themes like antique décor. They should use lighter furniture items from the modern styles as it would help the room look better. The look of the space and its small peculiarities should also be kept in mind. Some spaces have some very peculiar needs. It may include an elevated pedestal or even a sloping roof. Consider the function of the space You should also consider the function of the space before you start designing it. How will the space be used? Will it be used for a family gathering or for entertaining guests? Do you want to use it as a personal space? All these things would be kept in mind while you are creating the design for a perfect space in your house. Remember, you have to find out whether or not a particular theme will look good in that space. So be careful while selecting anything. Understand whether you are designing or decorating There is a difference between interior designing and interior decoration. Most people use these terms interchangeably but they hardly have anything to do with each other. Interior designing is all about bringing your creativity to the forefront and designing a space that truly matches the expectations of the homeowners. Interior decoration, on the other hand, is all about enhancing the look of a room. It could be about using colors, textures, patterns and even accents in order to improve the look of your room. Interior decorating includes the use of artworks and photos or arrangements of pictures and flowers. You can choose to do anything that you like. However, as a beginner, it would be better to opt for interior decoration and not for interior...

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