If you are an aspiring interior designer, you have chosen one of the most exciting careers for yourself. It is brings thrill and excitement when you are given a space and you are expected to transform it into something entirely different. It is a different level of complexity and thrill when you have to do this for someone else.
Designing interiors for others mean that you need to understand their personalities and preferences and infuse the required character in their living space. Your client will have a budget and an idea about what they would want their home or workplace to look like. Your first job is to create a few designs and pitch them to their client. Since clients are not design school grads, you will need certain tools to help them understand and visualize the design. We recommend this guide to help you prep up for your future client hunting and business development. Make sure you carry these tools and you will be good to go.
Design Apps and Software
Sketches and mapping is one of the most important part of designing spaces. These sketches help you communicate your ideas to your client and explain what would be the best way to execute those ideas. There was a time when interior designers had to make and remake loads of sketches and more sketches until they had that perfect blueprint. This was a very hectic process that required a lot of time, energy, resources and patience. Thanks to technology, today we have applications and software that can help us make digital sketches and blueprints in a fraction of time. All you need is a tablet, a stylus and a design application. After some time, you’ll get to the point where, for instance, you get tons of ideas when working on rendered floor plans with your drawing and designing tools
Color wheels are one the first things that is taught at design schools. This color wheel will remain with you for as long as you plan to work as a designer. As a design professional you might understand how color schemes work, but your client does not necessarily know that. You will need to make your client understand how different color combinations can add character to their spaces. A color wheel will help you communicate that to your client and will help your client to understand your proposal in a better way.
Once the color bit is sorted, you will need to decide wall accents, textures and finishes. If you are using leathers or fabrics you will need to explain how they will look and feel. Having swatches of available options will help your client to have a better understanding and make an informed choice.
The walls are painted and the floorings and ceilings have been worked out. Your client would now want to see possible options to furnish the house. What would be the best kitchen layout options and how should the kid bedroom look like? Keeping a catalogue handy will help your client look for ideas and choose what fits their preference best. A catalogue also helps your client to understand other design elements better such as lighting and other aesthetic elements.
Measuring Tape and Angle Finders
It might look easy to visualize an empty space but you will need precise measurements to execute the plan. The curtains should cover the windows perfectly, the headboards should be of the right size and the television should be mounted at the right angles. All this can be done by carrying a measuring tape and a digital angle finder. Although there are manual measuring tools available also, but digital ones give you more precision and accuracy.