All our seniors would have explained the gap between academic knowledge and what we face in the on-job scenario, right.? Let us face it; academics are theoretical knowledge which will differ from what we face in our day-to-day jobs. The same applies to the interior designer career too. We will learn, research, and apply it to our projects. Our professors will assist us in handling challenges. In real life, we should do everything by ourselves.
The Interior Designing course is a fun yet challenging career path. You will have hands-on experiences, put your learning into the design, and solve the problem. The catch is that we would deal with real projects. As an interior designer, you will be handling multiple projects simultaneously.
A day in the life of an interior designer:
A typical day in the interior designer’s life is filled with creativity, organisation, and communication. As Interior designers, you will be responsible for creating functional and visually pleasing spaces for your clients. You will work closely with clients to understand their needs, design a space that meets their requirements, and bring that design to life. In this blog, we will see what a typical day for an interior designer looks like.
For reference, let us take a fictional character named Tara working in Homelane interiors. Ideally, one person can handle three end-to-end interior design projects simultaneously. In a place like Homelane, you will have a team to help you execute your design.
Consult a new client:
Tara will consult nine to ten clients and say she successfully onboarding three. Yes. as interior designers, you will have targets in corporate companies like Homelane and Livspace. As a first step, Tara will have a one-to-one session with the clients to understand their requirements regarding ideas, concepts, budgets, and the look and feel of their dream house during a site visit and take the required measurements.
Create a mood board:
A mood board/storyboard/design board conveys the ideas for the interiors proposed. It consists of the conceptual sketches of the place, the colour scheme and the material options. An interior designer provides two to three mood boards based on the client’s requirements. In a client meeting, the favourable mood board will be concluded for designing further.
Based on the mood board selected and the client’s preferences, Tara will create designs for the space as approved. She is also responsible for creating BOQ (Bill of Quantities) as and when the project progresses. She will create designs and make the client’s dream of their interiors come true. Tara is proactive, so she ensures to keep her clients informed of the progress and checks in with them to know if they are in the same place regarding design.
Bringing the design to life:
Tara has received all approvals from clients, who are also super happy about the design. Now she has to find the contractors and supervise the design come to life.
As you see, the process includes not just designing or creating the mood boards but also handling people, understanding their needs, and trying to help them find a way to make their dream come true. But in the academic training, we will not be indulged in the main aspects of design like being organised and handling clients and contractors.
We at CMRU, one of the leading interior design institutes in Bangalore, provide a holistic design thinking solution that will help equip you with other aspects of your daily practice as an interior designer. The university also hosts several events to help students network with industry experts and learn from them. To know more about what our interior design course offers, click here.