Why DIY Is Not Enough In Interior Design

June 4, 2013 General, Graphic & Comm. Design, Interior Design 0 Comments

Interior Design

Many people believe that Interior Design is simply about picking the right colors and being creative. In today’s technology-driven world, Web users can access a variety of Do-It-Yourself projects and tutorials in minutes – tutorials that are widely popular on social media networks such as Pinterest. The accessibility and relative ease of these projects makes Interior Design look easy. There is a feeling today that Interior Design is a profession anyone can enter, without post-secondary education or formal training.

However, professional interior designer and ID blogger Rhonda Morin argues that this is a romanticized view of the industry. She writes, “It’s about negotiating with installers, paying furniture manufacturers, keeping accurate billing records, ensuring you have met codes for your local municipalities, getting more of that fabric you ran out of, making sure the wallpaper hanger is in the room when he needs to be, and making all of it seem effortless and stress free.”

Her insights illustrate how widely misunderstood Interior Design is. It is much more than a creative, DIY project. Interior Design requires business, management and communication skills. It can also require knowledge of building materials, local regulations and architecture.

If you are interested in pursuing an Interior Design degree program, consider curricula that offer courses focusing on topics such as:

  • Project Management
  • Business Practices
  • Architectural Detailing and Construction
  • ADA & Building Codes
  • Materials and Sources
  • 3D AutoCAD

Though design concepts such as coloring and lighting are important, these business and management skills can set you apart from other professionals and DIY designers.

Typically, these courses mark a CIDA program (Council for Interior Design Accreditation, formerly FIDER). This is important because, after completing your degree program, you may be eligible to become a licensed interior designer. Morin notes that a license, along with a background in business and management skills, can significantly impact your future in Interior Design.


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