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Interior designers plan the spaces of almost every type of building, including:
Drawing upon architecture, product design and aesthetics, interior designers must understand how to work with architectural detailing, floor plans, construction codes and remodeling and renovation. A good interior designer should have these skill sets:
In general, an interior designer:
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Working conditions vary depending on the size and scope of the company. Large corporations often hire interior designers for regular working hours, while designers for smaller firms usually work on a contract basis. Self-employed designers, representing about a quarter of all working professionals, must not only do the work but also generate the business by locating jobs and clients.
Interior designers must meet deadlines, stay on budget and deal effectively with a wide range of personalities and client demands. Work tends to involve a fair amount of travel to visit different locations, studios or clients’ homes and offices.