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5 Top Interior Design Services

Updated on June 25, 2017

In recent years, providing interior design services, whether online or offline, has become highly lucrative and exciting, especially with the recent 'blitz' of television and other media shows dedicated to the improvement and enhancement of residential and commercial spaces.

As many seek professional interior design advice for either residential or commercial building, the most important thing to note as a professional designer is the successful implementation of projects that will not only satisfy your client’s vision and dreams but also enhance communities through better designs.

So, as an interior designer, you or your firm should be dedicated to providing professional interior design advice and manage all aspects of your projects and budgets in a transparent and fully accountable way.

The demand for professional advice by homeowners, the real estate industry, shops, hotels, restaurants, etc., has never really waned. And this demand is expected to spur job growth for interior designers and decorators each and every year.

Interior Design Scope of Services

The range of design services offered by interior designers is vast, just as their job possibilities are endless.

Interior designers and design firms can work as consultants and project managers, including rendering services for:

  • Architectural firms
  • Builders
  • Department stores
  • Home improvement stores
  • Hotels
  • Restaurants

Many also provide interior design advice working as freelance designers running their own businesses. Successful interior designers today share a certain set of qualities that separate them from creative interior decorators or the design enthusiast.

Interior Designers Top 5 Choices

Professional interior design services fall within different and sometimes diverse niches, but the top career niches chosen by many designers include:

  1. Residential Interior Design
  2. Commercial Interior Design
  3. Lighting Design
  4. Space Planning Consultant
  5. Exhibit Designs

1. Residential Interior Design Advice

If you are a residential interior designer, you will provide services strictly for homeowners, helping them to enhance the functional aspects, aesthetic values and safety of their home.

Most residential designers have their own businesses and so are self-employed, while others work in small interior design firms or for interior design consultants.

You will help clients in choosing furniture items, furnishings, textures, general interior décor, and lighting and its effective use, space allocations, and colour schemes. You may also advise on style selection, use of artwork, flooring and window treatments.

Nowadays, a large number of designers are getting more involved in architectural detailing like crown mouldings and built-in units.

And in more expansive renovations, design services may include developing plan layouts (blueprints), carrying out minor or major renovations that may involve choosing new locations of doors, windows, walls, and stairways, including more detailed tasks like building custom kitchens, bathrooms or wardrobe designs.

2. Commercial Interior Design Advice

The interior design of public and commercial spaces is referred to as a commercial interior design.

Commercial interior designers provide interior design advice and services for clients seeking space planning and design of offices, restaurants, hotels, entertainment centres, community centres, shops, boutiques, museums, banks and libraries, just to mention a few.

Here, your designs must be reflected in interior spaces that are conducive, aesthetically pleasing, functional and empowering for both the workers and their customers or clients.

Commercial interior design services and tasks also include selecting appropriate interior finishes for floors, walls and ceilings, allowing for acoustics and effective lighting, choosing furniture and furnishings, and ensuring that all interior elements are well placed together and arranged in a manner appropriate for the commercial venue.

Most times as a commercial interior designer, you may work closely with architects, builders and clients to make sure interior spaces designed meets functional goals and is within budget.

3. Interior Lighting Design Advice

Lighting design is very important for all interior spaces. Lighting design for special effects is an art on its own, and tasks include developing lighting designs for residential and commercial projects ranging from the home to the theatre, museums, entertainment events and offices.

As a lighting designer, you must decide and choose the types, styles, and amount of lighting that's best for the purpose of the interior space and the wishes of your client.

Interior design services for lighting design for example, in the movie industry, involves working with stage managers, set designers and costume designers, to design lighting schemes that spell the mood of the story, whilst still meeting safety requirements and within a stipulated budget.

Lighting design services may also include creative illuminations of exterior structures like fountains, parks, monuments and many other external structures.

4. Space Planning

Space planning design services involve designing layouts of all types of interior spaces.

Space planning, be it for a single room or an entire building; is necessary to identify space requirements and functions based on the client needs and spatial requirements.

Tasks include the development of drawing plans for interior layouts and furnishings placements, preparing such drawings using computer aided design (CAD) software programs to create 2D and 3D design presentations.

Generally, interior design services that cover space planning are an aspect of commercial interior design. Space planning must answer questions such as:

  • How will furniture items be placed?
  • Will space require expansion?
  • Will the flow of traffic work efficiently?
  • Will it all meet the stipulated building codes?
  • Will it fit into the stated budget for interior design works?
  • Is the space design Functional?

Space planners can work as interior design assistants in interior design firms, or as interior design consultants for larger interior design companies.

5. Exhibit Designer Services

Exhibit designers are like commercial interior designers in that they provide interior design services for trade shows and exhibitions.

Their design tasks include planning, designing and implementing designs for exhibits at trade shows, retail shops exhibits, and for art galleries.

Interior design services for exhibits designs can run for several months for example, in a museum, or for just a day at business expos. Exhibit designers may work full-time for a museum or for an independent events manager or producer.

Skills in conceptual design are essential to be successful in this niche, and computer aided designs and model making is used to develop and present their interior design ideas.

Exhibit designers, asides from developing the concepts, may also have to oversee the construction and installation aspects of the exhibit, order for the necessary supplies, and even have to work in interior design related services such as lighting design or visual media arts.

Commitment to Client Services

Professional interior designers must have excellent client service skills. They owe a commitment to themselves and the client to ensure the design process is made to be an easy one for their clientele.

And in the event that problems occur on site, expertise will be evident in the designer’s problem-solving skills and in being able to quickly develop a solution when such issues arise.

They must be open to answering any questions that may arise and must develop and maintain a trusting relationship whilst their design services are being implemented.

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    • viryabo profile image

      viryabo 3 years ago

      I think it should be introduced into the curriculum. Yes, absolutely!

    • TotalHealth profile image

      TotalHealth 3 years ago from Hermosa Beach, CA

      Good information about interior design and specializations within the industry. Would you recommended as part of the interior design curriculum that people should study feng shui?