There are a number of skills you need to be an interior designer, including artistic ability, creativity, and focus on detail.
You need to be artistic.
In order to be any type of designer, you need to have a bit of artistic flair. That means using your sense of style to come up with beautiful designs that is going to want to make people to inhabit the rooms. You should be knowledgeable about how different colors, shapes, patterns, and textures go together and how you can combine them in novel ways to make interesting and exciting interior displays. The more background experience you have taking art classes, the easier it will be to turn that artistic ability into great interior decorating talent. However, some people are naturally just more artistic than others. If you naturally have an “eye” for artistic beauty, you will probably be better off. Chances are if you are looking into becoming any type of designer you have probably been interested in art and its various outlets for awhile. You might also consider trying to develop an ability to evoke particular emotions from people with certain designs. That might mean designing a room that is playful, happy, or calm.
You need to be creative.
Creativity often goes hand in hand with artistic ability. Even if you have an eye for style and killer color combinations, it won’t do you any good if all you can do is recognize beauty in other peoples’ designs. You should be able to use your imagination to come up with designs that are both aesthetically pleasing and functional. Even if you develop a “signature style,” you don’t want all your designs to look exactly alike. You should strive to come up with something that’s a little different for every client who hires you. In addition to simply trying to come up with imaginative designs, you also need to meet the needs and wants of the client. They might have requirements that you have not encountered before, such as a family member with a wheelchair (so hallways need to be wide and shelves need to be down low) or an insistence that you use only ecofriendly, sustainable materials. If you can creatively meet all your clients’ functional needs and still make the space look beautiful, you will be well on your way to being a successful interior designer.
You need to be detail-oriented.
Sometimes artistic and creative people are all about the “big picture,” but interior designers need to focus on the little things as well. For example, you need to be extremely precise in measuring the size of spaces, as well as in measuring furniture, fixtures, appliances, and wall hangings. You want everything to turn out perfectly, which means you need to make sure that every detail is just as it should be. Imagine how it would affect your plans if the furniture you ordered didn’t fit! You should also pay attention to details such as pillows, candles, and other decorative items, if you are tasked with supplying them. The little details can really bring a room together, and forgetting them can have a big impact too!