Interior designers plan and design the interior space of commercial, leisure, retail and domestic buildings in close cooperation with the client, considering both the aesthetic and practical requirements. An interior designer will usually have a specialism, such as retail, commercial or domestic interiors.
They have a deep understanding of all aspects of a project, including colour schemes, product display, furnishings, materials and fabrics, as well as surfaces, building and decorating techniques and relevant planning and building regulations. Interior designers are particularly used to working to tight timescales in buildings that are in use. Interior designers may work as part of a multi-disciplinary team led by other professionals. They may also operate as project managers, coordinating the specialists and suppliers involved in an interior design project.
Interior designers benefit businesses by optimising the use of interior space, and ensuring that buildings and individual areas function efficiently and support strategic business activities. They can also redesign existing interior spaces to improve functionality or meet new requirements.
Related disciplines Architecture, multimedia design, display design, textile design