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Interior Designer

Plan, design and coordinate the creation or renovation of living and working spaces.

What's it like to be an Interior Designer?

Interior Designers are creative professionals who focus on introducing design elements into inside spaces to make them more aesthetically pleasing as well as functional.

Interior Designer

Tasks and duties

  • Consult with clients on creative briefs and use design principles to fulfil the brief.
  • Create design, style and mood concepts that fit with architectural plans, select colour schemes, source furniture and fixtures, and ensure all work fits within the client’s budget.
  • Use computer programs such as AutoCad and Photoshop to design and create professional concept drawings of what a space will look like.
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Interior Designers have an eye for design and flair for putting together colours, materials, furnishings, fixtures and artwork that create a particular impression within a particular space.

Interior Designers often supervise tradespeople to ensure that concept designs within places like homes, businesses, shops and hospitals are brought to life.

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How to become an Interior Designer


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To work as an Interior Designer in Australia, a qualification in the field is highly regarded by employers. Most interior design courses offer theoretical knowledge in addition to practical experience.

  1. Undertake a qualification in interior design. This may be vocational (such as Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration (MSF50213)), or undergraduate (such as a Bachelor of Interior Design (Residential)).
  2. Interior designers who want to further their career, or specialise, have numerous options. These include working in production design in the film industry, kitchen design, textile design or pursuing further study such as a Master of Design.

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What skills are employers looking for?

Employers want

  • Autonomy
  • Initiative
  • Contracts administration
  • Collaborative skills
  • Self motivation

Shortlisted applicants

  • Autocad
  • Revit
  • Ms office proficiency
  • Photoshop
  • Indesign
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How do Interior Designers rate their role?

Latest reviews from 27 Interior Designers surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
3.5
Job satisfaction
4.1
Career progression opportunities
3.6
Job security
3.1
Pay / Salary
3.0
Variety of work
4.1

Latest reviews

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Nov 2018
Success doesn't come easy
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Design (Interior and Spatial Design)
Experience
Less than a year
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
interior design
The good things
the good things about my roles is the variety of work that i get to do, Everyday is challenging but useful and impacts my learning and experience, It keep me pasionate and motivated. I never underest...
The challenges
The challenges are endless but thats what makes it worth while, nothing that comes easy will be worth it in the end and I think challenges are a way to success. Daily I could be faced with a large wor...
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Nov 2018
You have to really love interior design to endure it
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Interior Architecture
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Space design
The good things
The opportunity to create and design and fulfill the creative side in you
The challenges
The growing competitive environment and the ongoing lack of new jobs and opportunity, i personally believe that it's a profession that is going to be extent soon.
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Nov 2018
Interior Design is challenging, but so rewarding
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Interior Architecture
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Interior Designer of residential projects
The good things
Working closely with clients to help them realise a space which is beyond what they can imagine is so rewarding. Going on site and seeing the built product of what you have spent hours drawing and det...
The challenges
Dealing with clients who are very fussy can be difficult and finding the best way of communicating with them takes time. Working through all the constraints from builders, suppliers and consultants ca...
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Nov 2018
Interior Design isn’t as glamorous as it might seem but is a highly rewarding and satisfying profession to pursue
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Design
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Workplace Interior Design
The good things
The best things about being an Interior Designer - The opportunity to use and access your brain on a daily basis - The ability to be highly creative and produce beautiful presentation documents and...
The challenges
The challenges of being an Interior Designer - The fast pace and stressful environment can be difficult for some - Working long hours and late nights can sometime take a toll - The pay isn’t that gr...
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Nov 2018
Interior Design is a challenging creative career but ultimately the most rewarding
Reviewer's Qualification
Advanced Diploma of Interior Design
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
The good things
The diversity in Interior Design is fantastic and a very rewarding career if you push yourself and consider your client upmost. It is extremely creative in a linear format and will serve a personalit...
The challenges
Discipline to keep a creative mind on track and follow a regiment. Must be organised and self critiquing and willing to listen to criticism and take it on board without a personal reaction.
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Nov 2018
Interior design is very rewarding and thinking outside of the box
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of interior design and decoration
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Project management
The good things
I am passionate about my position I am currently working, as I'm helping the community by my designs and the variety is endless.
The challenges
The challenges would have to be restrictions within the health care facilities and not being able to spread my wings to much with colour
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Oct 2018
Interior Design is competitive and agressive but it is very fufilling
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Interior Design
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Interior Design
The good things
Creative fuffilment Diversity Felexible career path
The challenges
Bad work/life balance High stress Deadline based lifestyle
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Oct 2018
Interior Design..... Love it or leave it!
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Arts
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Residential Interior Design/Renovation
The good things
Discovering new materials & finishes & then (with client permission) the excitement of seeing them implemented into your design. I love seeing my clients faces and learning of how they enjoy the new ...
The challenges
This job is can be quite technical depending on the company you work for and your role. Knowing the ins and outs of the construction side of the job and the building standards is an absolute must. If ...
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Oct 2018
Interior Design is my passion even though there are some sacrifices
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Design (Interior Architecture)
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Interior Furnishing
The good things
It is such a rewarding career after ideas turn into reality, especially the happiness of customers when they get their spaces done by interior designers. Our career is so diverse in terms of projects ...
The challenges
One difficult side of interior design is to meet peoples' needs and wants. Another challenge is that some customers never get satisfied with the work especially if designers doesnt have good communica...
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Oct 2018
Love of design and a talent for seeing what works before it is built is key
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Arts (Interior Architecture)
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Interior Design
The good things
Commercial interior design is quite broad however you can specialise in various types of design such as Healthcare, Aged Care, Corporate, Hospitality, Retail, Residential and Multi Residential. You ge...
The challenges
Multi tasking various projects and meeting tight deadlines. Designing to the tight budget constrainsts set by teh client.
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Working hours for Interior Designers

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Weekends
Shift work
Late nights
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