Interior Decorator

Interior Decorators work with Interior Designers to plan and design the d¿cor of offices, residences, hotels and other interior environments. They should have a thorough understanding of functionality and aesthetic features to determine decoration themes, colour schemes,  materials and patterns used to decorate spaces.

Duties and tasks

  • Collaborate with clients to understand their requests and offer decoration ideas that meet all aspects of clients desires including overall effect and budget
  • Create drawings, sketches or visual images of decorations for clients to review
  • Evaluate the relation between technical and visual applications of furniture, lighting, d¿cor and layout of spaces to create the ideal balance between functionality and appearance
  • Manage the decoration process, using a variety of art, colour schemes, patterns, furniture and accessories to create visual effect and atmosphere of rooms and spaces
  • Plan budget for furniture and decorations according to clients budget and create working schedules for delivery and decoration of spaces
  • Recommend or meet with clients to pick out best materials and decoration to create and enhance interior environment according to desired atmosphere of living or work space
  • Understand how to use colour schemes, patterns, fabrics and material options to create ideal interior environment based on client satisfaction; stay up-to-date on latest d¿cor and popular themes, colour patterns and decorations

Skills required

  • Artistic Abilities
  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking
  • Organisation Skills
  • Visual Communication Skills

Working conditions

Interior Decorators typically work in offices and interior decoration spaces to decorate and oversee work. They generally work regular Mondays to Fridays, but may need to work evenings or weekends in order to meet with clients or work on the space. Interior Decorators typically travel to meet with clients, shop for appropriate furniture and decorations and decorate the space.

Professional associations / Industry information

Design Institute of Australia 

Interior Designers Australia 

The SIDA Foundation 

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  • Architect
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