An insight into a typical working day of an Interior Designer

I'm often asked what my typical working day consists of and so for any aspiring Interior Designers out there, I've put together the following blog to explain my work in a bit more detail.  If your idea of an Interior Designer is someone who selects fabrics, looks at colour palettes and spends time sourcing/rearranging furniture, you are close, but there is so much more to the role.  To be successful, you need to be creative, have an eye for colour and detail and also have strong communication and organisational skills and be able to manage schedules, deadlines and budgets.  Whilst every day is different, here's a good idea of the typical duties that I cover on a daily basis.

Client meetings

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Initial meetings are usually conducted on site in the clients home whilst subsequent meetings can be carried out via video call.  An intial consultation involves talking through the project, discussing the clients requirements, budget and deadlines.  This is an essential part of the process as the final product must meet the clients needs and expectations.

Creating the design scheme

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Here's the fun part as it means I can be creative!  Taking all the information I've gathered from the client, I then research and collate a design scheme which includes colour palettes, fabric samples, furniture and lighting ideas, along with suggestions for finishing touches.  This can change and be refined after gaining initial feedback from my client.  Working drawings, samples and room layouts to show where furniture will be placed are usuallly follow and on occasion my client requires more visual aids to try and imagine the finished scheme.  So, I tailor make each project to suit my clients requirements.  Once my client is happy with the initial ideas, I liaise with my suppliers and contractors to allow me to create a budget for the initial phase of the project.

Sourcing

I spend a considerable part of my day sourcing anything from fabrics, paint colours, furniture, antiques, flooring, lighting, curtain poles, rugs, light switches, door/drawer handles, radiators and much more.  This all depends on what project I am working on.  

Project Managing

Once detailed costings have been submitted and signed-off by my client, it is then my responsibility to ensure all items required for this project are ordered and delivered on schedule, as according to the project. This requires meticulous planning and organising to ensure every aspect of the project runs smoothly and on time, plus that I am meeting my clients expectations.  As there will be contractors involved, I need to make sure the client is receiving large furniture item deliveries when the decorators are in-house and working hard.

Communicating with clients

Working closely and communicating well with my clients is a very important part of my job.  I can spend a significant part of each day updating clients on the progress of their individual projects.  Clients like to be kept informed and so it is important to inform them on expected delivery dates and how the overall project is going.  If there are any issues or delays to the project then it is extremely important this is discussed in detail as soon as possible, in order to find a suitable solution for my clients.

The final stages of installation and styling

Whether it be window dressing, bespoke joinery and/or new upholstery, the fitting can either be completed in stages or all at once.  Furniture can be moved in, Curtains hung and lighting added.  At this point, depending on the clients needs, I might talk through any finishing touches that the client would like me to work on, like sourcing rugs, cushions, log baskets, throws  or even pieces of art to complete the look of the room.

So, there you have it.  There's so much more work involved in creating beautiful homes than you might expect.  I get to work with a number of fantastic Suppliers, contractors and small business owners all over the Country as well as getting to know my wonderful clients and being able to see our collective vision become a reality.

Interior Design involves a lot of hard work and determination, however I wouldn't change it!  

If you are a budding interior designer and have any questions for me, I would love to hear from you.  Or if you have a potential project for your home that you would like to discuss with me in more detail, then please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Best wishes,

Caroline xx