Interior designers work in both residential and commercial settings, drawing upon their knowledge of aesthetics, function and safety to enhance the look of a space. Many have a design specialty to best meet the needs of clients or attract a niche market.
1. Education and Training
To be an interior designer attending an interior design school like Simplinteriors School of Interior Design & Entrepreneurship is important because this would give you a great insight on what interior design is all about. It is a good idea for an individual to be a member of a national council or society for interior designers to backup her education and experience in the field.
2. Good Communication Skills
Interior designers often work one on one with clients, service providers and contractors or as part of a team. Therefore, a designer must have the ability to work with different personality types, be good listeners and communicate clearly. When there is a clash of opinions, a designer may have to act as a negotiator or mediator to help find a resolution, as well as have the ability to help a client understand why his idea may not be effective or safe that is why as a good facilitator & also an interior designer in Lagos Nigeria I take my students with me to learn how I interact with a client.
3. Management Skills
Deadlines are a natural part of the professional interior design world. Clients may have specific deadlines for a designer to meet or a designer may impose her own deadline so she can move on to other clients. Sometimes, an interior designer may have to work on multiple projects at once, so project management skills are essential to maintaining order and meeting deadlines. If a designer runs her own business, she may also need to market herself to new clients while working on other projects, all while maintaining good relationships with everyone involved. With good time and project management skills, a designer can meet her clients’ needs and her business without looking unprepared or unprofessional.
4. Planning Skills and Design Know-How
In the world of interior designers it’s important to plan a space according to a client’s needs. In addition, an interior designer in Lagos Nigeria must know how to visually render his plan with drawings, computer-aided design (learn at Simplinteriors School of Interior Design & Entrepreneurship) software or scaled models so a client can see the designer’s ideas. Interior designers must know how to create a desired look and feel through the use of colors, lights, furniture, flooring and fabrics, as well as how to artfully arrange these elements.
5. Believe in yourself
Not because you did it wrong the first time doesn’t mean you won’t get it right, and then. To be an interior designer, it is so important to believe in yourself, and tell yourself that it is going to be ok.
6. Attend a good interior design school (Simplinteriors School of interior design & Entrepreneurship) and acquire skills that would give you the boldness to strive on this field. I always loved designing things. With anything in life that you want to do, if it interests you and you spend enough time doing it, you will learn it. You just have to care enough about it to try.
7. Don’t blow the budget
You don’t need to spend a lot of money to make a room look and feel good. Time frames and budget constraints are probably the most difficult thing to manage as an interior designer in Lagos Nigeria. People don’t want to spend too much money and if you go over budget, then people understandably get upset.
I’ll make suggestions and put together a mood board using images from books and magazines. Try and get all your ideas in one place visually, from bits of fabric to tiles to floor finishes, put all the bits you might want to use together and see if they work together on paper that is always a good place to start.
8. Don’t aim for perfection
Things don’t have to be perfect to be beautiful. If you go into a room and it’s all perfect, you don’t feel comfortable. A home interior is not an abstract thing, it is about people, it’s about the way you feel, the way you interact. It’s about family and friends; it’s the backdrop to your life.
That was a big part of what inspired me as an interior designer to create the collection. If things are too perfect then it is without character, it’s not good to be too precious about something. The more you strive for perfection, the more it disappears. Don’t aim for perfection, try to create a relaxed environment, that’s what I think is important as an expert in interior design.