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Become A Home Designer

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Working As A Home Designer

  • Getting Information
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Deal with People

  • $48,840

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Home Designer does

  • Worked with Project Managers to create construction drawings of timber frame structures
  • Advised selection of furniture, accessories, fabric, and material based on client's budget.
  • Drafted floor plans and renderings of their proposed space.
  • Designed and drafted residential homes for R1 Zone adhering to the San Gabriel Valley zoning regulations for single-family dwellings.
  • Hand drawn board drafting to transitioning to AutoCAD drafting.
  • Worked closely with vendors and retailers to develop new constructions and new design solutions for the furniture cover market.
  • Use 20/20 CAD interior design software to complete designs for review and approval
  • Interpret Architectural design notes to be applied to update design and construction documents.
  • Graph paper manual design, utilizing kitchen design experience.
  • Assist in design aspects of custom homes.
  • Assist in training new associates on daily tasks, customer service, product knowledge.
  • Played central role during In-Home Design Program during opening of Todd Oldham By La-Z-Boy in Soho, NY.
  • Home staging for developers and corporate residences.
  • Advised on furniture placement within the clients' space.
  • Consulted with builders and their clients through new design process to final plans.
  • Advised client on factors involved with space planning, layout, and use of furnishings and color.
  • Involved in over 600 construction projects.

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How To Become A Home Designer

Interior designers usually need a bachelor’s degree with a focus on interior design.

Education

A bachelor’s degree is usually required, as are classes in interior design, drawing, and computer-aided design (CAD). A bachelor’s degree in any field is acceptable, and interior design programs are available at the associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degree levels.

The National Association of Schools of Art and Design accredits about 320 postsecondary colleges, universities, and independent institutes with programs in art and design. The Council for Interior Design Accreditation accredits more than 180 professional-level (bachelor’s or master’s degrees) interior design programs.

The National Kitchen & Bath Association accredits kitchen and bath design specialty programs (certificate, associate’s, and bachelor’s degree levels) in 45 colleges and universities.

Applicants may be required to submit sketches and other examples of their artistic ability for admission to interior design programs.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Licensure requirements vary by state. In some states, only licensed designers may do interior design work. In other states, both licensed and unlicensed designers may do such work; however, only licensed designers may use the title “interior designer.” In still other states, both licensed and unlicensed designers may call themselves interior designers and do interior design work.

In states where laws restrict the use of the title “interior designer,” only those who pass their state-approved exam, most commonly the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) exam, may call themselves registered interior designers. Qualifications for eligibility to take the NCIDQ exam include a combination of education and experience. For example, applicants must have at least a bachelor’s degree in interior design and 2 years of experience.

California requires a different exam, administered by the California Council for Interior Design Certification (CCIDC). Qualifications for eligibility to take the CCIDC exam include a combination of education and experience.

Voluntary certification in an interior design specialty, such as healthcare interior design, allows designers to demonstrate expertise in a particular area of the occupation. Interior designers often specialize to distinguish the type of design work they do and to promote their expertise. Certifications usually are available through professional and trade associations and are independent from the NCIDQ licensing examination.

Important Qualities

Artistic ability. Interior designers use their sense of style to develop designs that are aesthetically pleasing.

Creativity. Interior designers need to be imaginative in selecting furnishings and fabrics and in creating spaces that serve the client’s needs and fit the client’s lifestyle.

Detail oriented. Interior designers need to be precise in measuring interior spaces and creating drawings, so that it can be used by other workers such as engineers or other designers.

Interpersonal skills. Interior designers need to be able to communicate effectively with clients and others. Much of their time is spent soliciting new clients and new work and collaborating with other designers, engineers, and general building contractors on ongoing projects.

Problem-solving skills. Interior designers must address challenges, such as construction delays and the high cost or sudden unavailability of certain materials, while keeping the project on time and within budget.

Visualization. Interior designers need a strong sense of proportion and visual awareness in order to understand how pieces of a design will fit together to create the intended interior environment.

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Home Designer Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    49.1%
  • Female

    48.8%
  • Unknown

    2.2%

Ethnicity

  • White

    81.3%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    11.4%
  • Asian

    5.4%
  • Unknown

    1.0%
  • Black or African American

    0.9%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    60.0%
  • French

    26.7%
  • German

    6.7%
  • Italian

    6.7%
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Real Home Designer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Home Accessory Designer Kim Seybert, Inc. New York, NY Nov 07, 2016 $80,000
Research Designer-Home Storage S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc. Racine, WI Nov 02, 2009 $80,000
Designer-Hard Home Jonathan Adler Enterprises, LLC New York, NY Jul 30, 2015 $60,445
Designer-Home Products Revman International, Inc. New York, NY Oct 02, 2011 $55,000
Home Accessory Designer Kim Seybert, Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2013 $53,477 -
$60,000
Home Accessory Designer Kim Seybert, Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2010 $25,774

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Top Skills for A Home Designer

CustomerServiceFurniturePlacementFloorPlansIn-HomeConsultationsCADAutocadArchitectureKitchenSpacePlanningBuildingContractorsFabricD CORCustomWindowTreatmentsCustomHomesDesignProgramNewHomesPotentialCustomersDesignConceptsDesignProcessResidentialHomesConstructionDocuments

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Top Home Designer Skills

  1. Customer Service
  2. Furniture Placement
  3. Floor Plans
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Coordinated customer service and logistics functions as needed.
  • Visit clients' homes to assure proper furniture placement and color coordination.
  • Presented possible floor plans and additional tables, lamps and accessories that complimented the client s style through visual presentations.
  • Produced residential CAD layouts and detail drawings for the home builder and contractor.
  • Manage the design and development process of assorted home products within Bath and Kitchen for exclusive brands.

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