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Interior Decorator

Use creative flair and knowledge of market and design trends to decorate residential and commercial interiors.

What's it like to be an Interior Decorator?

Interior Decorators plan and implement decoration schemes for residential homes and commercial properties like offices, shops, restaurants and hotels. They assist in the design and planning of the space’s colour scheme, lighting and furniture, and overall aesthetic, and supervise and coordinate the activities of tradesman including Painters and Carpet Layers.

Interior Decorator

Tasks and duties

  • Performing inspections of client premises to establish existing design and take measurements.
  • Advising clients on the selection of colour schemes, layout, lighting, furniture, floor coverings, curtains, paint, wallpaper, curtains and blinds.
  • Providing design sketches, specifications and quotes for client approval.
  • Supervising and coordinating the installation and layout of furniture and furnishings and ensuring subcontractor work meets quality, safety and cost expectations within established deadline.
  • Selling to the public or tradespeople in a retail setting.
  • Meeting with clients and other tradespeople such as architects, electricians and builders to discuss project requirements.
  • Selecting suppliers of materials and labour.
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Interior Decorators may also work in a consultant role or in a sales role in trade and retail shops. They are often self-employed or may manage a team of staff, and interact with members of the public daily, advising them on a broad range of matters relating to the look and feel of their home or business.

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How to become an Interior Decorator


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It is possible to work as an Interior Decorator without qualifications, however many employers prefer individuals with qualifications in the field. On the job training is usually provided.

  1. Complete a qualification in Interior Decoration. This could be a Certificate IV in Interior Decoration (MSF40113) or a Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration (MSF50213).
  2. Consider securing an assistant role in order to build your practical experience and body of interior decoration work.
  3. Develop a portfolio of work to show prospective clients and employers.

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Certificate IV in Interior Decoration

This certificate prepares you advise clients on the finishing of existing interior spaces.
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Diploma of Interior Design

This diploma equips you to design and decorate building interiors for residential or commercial purposes.

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Bachelor of Arts

This qualification gives you broad skills and knowledge in your chosen area of specialisation to get you started in your career.
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Latest Interior Decorator reviews

Latest reviews from 7 Interior Decorators surveyed on SEEK
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May 2021
Interior Design is very rewarding if you have the flair for all things design
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Arts
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Interiors
The good things
If you love all things design this is for you. It is hard work and can take you to far places but when you create a new and exciting interior for your clients; it’s all worth it. There are lots of rew...
The challenges
Make sure you are on top of all software programs for the role. Be fit because the role is fast paced. Have a positive attitude to deal with all types of personalities; time management and being organ...
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Nov 2018
Being an Interior Decorator is fabulous, it is a lot of fun.
Reviewer's Qualification
Melbourne College of Decoation
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Interior Decorator
The good things
The first thing for me l love is meeting my clients. The excitment and anticipation from them is just so rewarding. I just love to explore my own creativity, it is endless as every client is unique. I...
The challenges
The main challenges l find is the steady work coming in. I work for myself and do not have a regular weekly income, l have accepted this and l recommend you do too entering this field. If you work for...
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