Typically, the world of interior design is broken down into two fields: residential and commercial design. Commercial interior designers are hired by firms to assess commercial property and recommend exactly what furniture, accessories, and overall theme will be right for the new environment. Commercial property, in itself, is a broad category and can mean anything outside the realm of a private residence like hotels and office suites. A person working in this field can work as an independent agent or through a commercial architectural design firm. Either way, most states require a license to work in this field.
Each job for a designer typically flows in the same pattern. First, there is a meeting with the client to take a look over the space and see what the client wants done with the area. The next step is to create a plan within the budgetary constraints of the project and present this plan. Revisions are then made, plans gets approved, and a timeline is established for executing the design details. Designers usually oversee the architects and contractors to make sure everyone is on the same design page.
Education Needed for a Commercial Interior Designer
Some form of postsecondary education is needed to be an interior designer. Having an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in design helps along with having several years of training in the field. Working in a home-furnishings store helping customers buy merchandise that fits a specific design element is great place to get the initial experience. Some firms offer apprenticeship programs that run several years before becoming a professional designer.
As most interior designers need to be licensed, the National Council for Interior Design also offers mentoring programs. The Interior Design Experience Program allows designers to get the proper supervised work experience that leads to accreditation and licensing.
Job Forecast for Designers
In recent reports by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the growth rate for the interior design field will only grow by 4% a year through 2024. In a down economy, this field suffers the most due to the fact that many businesses feel interior design is a luxury expense. But do to recent movement in employee health and office sustainability, there is a growing demand for interior designers who focus on ergonomic and eco-friendly design in their proposals. Understanding the trends in any industry helps to have a fruitful long-lasting career.