Don’t let the word “designer” scare you, designers are people too and the word itself really just refers to somebody who designs things. A commercial interior designer is someone who works to design commercial spaces including retail stores, restaurants, offices, or other places for public use.
It’s a tough job: they have to take into account a huge range of factors from space usage to cost-effectiveness and customer satisfaction. From research on how customers behave in a given location all the way down to what color scheme will make them feel most comfortable in that space — there is no shortage of decisions that need making.
Don’t let the word “interior” scare you, designers are people too and the word itself just refers to somebody who designs things. A commercial designer is someone who works to design spaces including retail stores, restaurants, offices, or other places for public use. Designers may incorporate all kinds of visual elements into their work; they may be masters at color theory or composition. They might do a little drawing or sketching (this doesn’t necessarily mean they paint) or use intricate illustration or 3D modeling software to create stunning visual concepts that draw people in and make them want to come back for more.
Because of what’s involved in the job, being a commercial interior designer requires a great deal of training. A design major is an excellent starting-point to get started, as is formal education in art or architecture. The best way to advance a career in commercial interior design is by self-education and determination. This can take many forms; it may involve making professional contacts through education and experience. It might also mean getting hired on at a design firm after working on your own for some time.
Commercial interior designers are hired on by architects, construction firms, real estate developers, product manufacturers, retailers and other companies that need spaces made over with their designs. In many cases these companies have a basic idea of how they want their spaces to look – this is where a designer really comes in, by working with the client to find solutions that meet everyone’s needs and are aesthetically pleasing as well.
A typical day for most designers involves lots of meetings and research. Much more so than someone in another industry, they need a lot of patience and the ability to listen well. They must be able to take product criticism without taking it personally and also be able to explain their ideas clearly, whether it’s directly to clients or indirectly through sketches or rendered images. Designers need to be creative problem-solvers who can work on an immense range of projects with very different goals and purpose.
It’s not uncommon for designers to work for other design firms as well. A lot of people use a second job as a way of paying their bills, both because of the additional income and to put some distance between their families and what they do for a living. It’s also not uncommon for designers to get fired from one job (especially if it’s just the employer that doesn’t like what you’re doing) so it’s important to make sure you’re getting good references from others.
The good news is that there are lots of openings in this industry — it may be tough to find one at first but once you have your foot in the door, there are tons of opportunities to take advantage of and improve your skills. If there’s one thing designers hate, it’s a boring day at the desk — they need to be out having fun and meeting people so any way to stretch your network is a plus.
Like most fields, commercial interior design is an art — one that takes training to get started in but also gives you more freedom than some other jobs. You get to do what you love for a living and you’ll always have something new to learn about. It can be demanding but for those who are truly dedicated it’s well worth the effort.
This article is flooding your mind with information and you have to have a break now. Go for a walk, meditate, do some yoga or something else to let your mind relax for the night. You don’t want to be overworked when you write an assignment, but you should also avoid being too idle either so take care of yourself. So take this break now.
Try out these home design tips on your next house project:
Bring It Home:
Step away from the computer or even the project site as you work on projects and make sure your work environment is conducive to creativity by creating a room that is both functional and engaging. Note how the space presents itself in terms of its layout, color palette, etc. Take a break from working to smell the roses and let your creative juices flow.
Home & Away:
Go ahead and give other projects a break. Take a day trip to the beach, visit a museum – or better yet, two – and soak in some fresh air. Give yourself time away from the project so you can come back refreshed and ready to go, but don’t forget to take time out of your day every now and then so you can get back on track with all those pending projects that are still waiting for attention.
Catch That View:
If you have great views of something outside of your house, try to make that something one of your design elements. Great views of a river, mountain, or coastline can really set the mood for your interior design – it can give you a good idea of how you want to portray your lifestyle.
NOTE: This might not be necessary if you live in an area where you have natural beauty all around. If you don’t have great views, then try looking at other images of the houses that sit on your block.
Try Different Materials:
Change up what materials are used. For example, if your project is on the more traditional side, try using different textures and materials like stone or wood instead of carpeting. You’ll be surprised at how much variety it gives your space a fresh and new look.
Move It Around:
Play around with the different spaces in your house to see what they could possibly be used for. Take a look at your closets, basement, guest rooms, etc. It will open your eyes to other possibilities that you wouldn’t have thought about before. You’ll be surprised how much extra space you have that you never realized was there!
One Room at a Time:
If you can’t afford to create a whole new house from scratch, think about dividing up one room or section of house into multiple small ones. For example, if it’s dining room make it three small rooms instead of one large one by creating an island and placing chairs between the tables. A living room could be changed into a home office and TV area by putting a desk in the corner, adding some bar stools for convenience.
These tips should get you started. The more you practice the more you will become accustomed to designing your own home, and the better you will become-and before you know it your home will be as beautiful as one featured in an interior design magazine. Now that’s something to be proud of!
Every time I see a gorgeous room like this or hear about someone else’s experience with decorating, I am always glad that I have taken on my own interior design challenge. It is one thing to read about new trends and ideas in design, but it is a totally different experience when you are able to integrate those design theories into your home.
As a designer and re-modeler, many people have asked me over the years how I got started with my efforts. I will try to answer that question in this post. My first interior design project came long after art school when I was doing some work on the inside of an old apartment building that had been converted into office space.
My client was an interior decorator who worked for another real estate company and she hired me as part of my painting contract to do some finishing touches on a couple of the office spaces. One of the offices was a cubicle farm that had a huge industrial desk, a bunch of cabinets in the back and office chairs everywhere.
It was pretty garish and I wasn’t really interested in doing anything to it at first because it just seemed like another job. After we got started painting and removing layers of paint, I started to see what she was photographing in order to get her client’s ideas down on paper. I realized there were some pretty cool details hidden behind that desk and those cabinets, so I decided to make it my focal point.
Next thing you know I’m going at quarterspace intervals all over the place with this big cabinet. I had to get into this tiny space and work in a wedge like position to be able to reach everything. I used a pencil and protractor to measure out lines at 20 degree increments that would create uniform angles with the walls. Once I had my lines down, I took one of the extra long paintbrushes we had on hand and started making brush strokes that were parallel with my lines.
The result was a cool stripey pattern on the wall that had a geometric feel. The painting part wasn’t too difficult though so I moved on to trying my hand at some interior design ideas for the rest of the room.
We at GM Interiors are passionate about creating beautiful, functional spaces that reflect the personalities of our clients. Our team is a diverse group of designers who bring a unique perspective to each project. We strive to make every space we touch truly unique and special, from the residential to the commercial customer. Our goal is to create an atmosphere of comfort, style, and beauty that captures your personality and vision for the future.
With close to two decades of experience in the interior design industry, we understand the importance of creating an environment that reflects our clients’ personalities and tastes. Our team is committed to providing our clients with a high level of service and expertise to ensure their satisfaction with every project. We believe in creating designs that stand the test of time, from timelessly classic looks to bold expressions of individuality.