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What other interior designs are there if you just want to decorate homes more than building them?

I am in 10th grade and I want to go into the design but want more of the decorating homes not more so building and all of the measuring. What kind of design should I go for?

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Angelina (Yun Chu)’s Answer

Hi Ella! You are on the right track. Interior designers are people who plan, design, and coordinate the decoration and furnishing of the inside of buildings. The building aspect is probably more of a job for architects, civil engineers, construction workers, etc. Projects that interior designer might work on include, just to list a few:

Consultation and Planning:
Example: Meeting with homeowners to discuss remodeling their kitchen and creating a more open, modern living space.

Space Planning:
Example: Designing the layout for a small apartment to maximize storage while maintaining an open and airy feel.

Color and Material Selection:
Example: Selecting paint colors, flooring materials, and tile patterns for a restaurant renovation project.

Furniture and Fixture Selection:
Example: Curating a collection of furniture and decor for a boutique hotel lobby that reflects the hotel's brand and creates a welcoming atmosphere.

Visualization and Presentation:
Example: Creating 3D renderings of a proposed office redesign to help the client visualize the space before construction begins.
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Amber’s Answer

Hi Ella,
As Angelina mentioned above, the construction of a building would fall under architects, structural engineers, etc. Those are also great examples of what a residential interior designer could do! There are two types of interior design, residential and commercial. Residential deals with residences of people: single family homes, apartments, and townhomes. Commercial is pretty much everything else: schools, hospitals, and offices. I would also look at the difference between an interior decorator and an interior designer. An interior designer needs many years of schooling and tests to get their license to practice designing. Interior design is more than just picking furniture and paint colors. You will need to know accessibility standards for differently abled people, as well as building codes and guidelines for space planning and programming. An interior decorator wouldn't need to go to school, ultimately they would just be deciding aesthetic choices and having others plan out the space, walls, electrical, etc. Hope this helps!
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Antara’s Answer

Hello, Ella!

If you find joy in home decoration and design, and have a natural flair for aesthetics rather than the technical aspects of construction and measurements, you might consider pursuing a career in interior design. This field is all about crafting beautiful and functional spaces that truly resonate with people's needs and tastes.

As an interior designer, you'd have the opportunity to collaborate with clients, understanding their desires and preferences, and then bringing their visions to life. You'd have the power to transform any space, enhancing its appearance and ambiance while also ensuring it serves its practical purpose for those who inhabit it.

In addition to the insights provided by Angelina and Amber, your career path could take you to exciting places. You could find yourself working as a home stager, creating enticing spaces that potential buyers can't resist. Or, you might become a set designer for theater, TV, or film, crafting immersive environments that transport audiences to different worlds. You could even specialize as a lighting designer, exhibit designer, or retail and store planner. The sky's the limit!

So, Ella, if you're passionate about design and eager to make spaces more beautiful and functional, the world of interior design is wide open for you. The possibilities are truly endless, and your unique touch could make all the difference.
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Linda’s Answer

You can be a decorators which requires no degree or license and you can stretch the creative rubber band pretty far using wallpaper,paint, fabrics, art, rugs, accessories and furniture, but be careful if your decorating calls for any construction, plumbing, electrical etc., there are liability consequences, always refer and hire professionals to assist you with any design constraints you encounter. There is a definite market for decorators and it can be financially rewarding. Good luck!
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