Career in interior designing

Confused in choosing interior designing as a career?

Here is a detailed information on scope of interior designing in India that will help you in determining whether interior designing is a good career choice for you or not.

The main job of an interior designer is to plan, design and furnish beautiful, functional and safe space for homes, offices, commercial buildings, etc. They focus on creating a space with suitable colours, decoration and lighting. You must know to estimate material requirements and costs, and present design to the clients depending on the projects’ location and clients’ budget.  

Employers look for hiring college graduates with a degree in interior designing from an authorised college or university. Interior designing is an emerging market in India with excellent growth aspects in future. Market for interior designing in our country is ready to welcome new and aspiring talents.

Skills required:

  • creative thinking and detail oriented
  • analytical mindset and trend identification
  • excellent communication skills
  • originality
  • good listening capabilities
  • keen interest in designing
  • excellent graphic skills
  • must possess knowledge of sustainable practices
  • must be able to use relevant software
  • team spirit

Best college for course in interior designing in India:

Here is a list of top 10 colleges for interior designing in India-

  • National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
  • Pearl Academy, New Delhi
  • International Institute of Fashion Technology, Chandigarh
  • Arch College of Design and Business, Jaipur, Rajasthan
  • CEPT University, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
  • Sir J. J.  College of Architecture, Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • JD Institute of Fashion Technology, Bengaluru, Karnataka
  • Amity University, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
  • College of Architecture, Nashik, Maharashtra
  • Vogue Institute of Fashion Technology, Bengaluru, Karnataka

Course and fee:

After completing 10+2, you can get into this profession after completing a short-term diploma course in interior designing or a long-term degree course in the same, the choice is all yours. However, most students usually prefer to choose short term or long-term diploma courses than degree courses. These courses can cost you from ₹ 15,000 to ₹ 2,20,000 roughly, depending on the location and type of college.  

Admission to these courses in different colleges is done on the basis of marks obtained in 10+2 (minimum of 50%) or equivalent examinations followed by an entrance exam conducted by the college or institute.

Demand:

The fact is, there is a scarcity of professionals and experts in interior designing in our country and the demand for interior designers has surpassed the supply. There has been great demand for experienced interior designers in recent years and the demand will keep on increasing in future. Employment prospects are high in this field and setting up your own business can also be a beneficial idea.  

There are immense job opportunities in both private and public sectors for a qualified interior designer.

Pay Scale:

The factors that affect the pay packet of an interior designer are location, name, repute, experience and demand. Beginners with less than 1 year of experience can expect to earn an average of ₹ 2,02,813 per year, which keeps on increasing with an increase in year of experience. A mid-career interior designer with an experience of 5 to 9 years can earn an average amount of ₹ 4,28,319 and an experienced interior designer with an experience of more than 10 years can earn around ₹ 6,33,783. In their later career (more than 20 years), the earning can go high up to ₹ 12,20,838 as well.

Interior designers can earn an average of 16.5% more than the national average in Bengaluru, Karnataka and 13.9% more in New Delhi.  

Responsibilities:

  • Work with the interior design team to create plans.
  • Select suitable furniture, décor, paints and other materials within the budget.
  • Research on materials and concepts to help the team on technical issues.
  • Deadline is important. Complete the work within the allotted time keeping in mind about the perfection in the work.
  • Conduct on-site observations and furnish advices to help streamline ongoing design projects.
  • Only creativity won’t be enough, you must know how to fulfil a client’s requirements within the given budget.
  • Prepare presentations.   

Work Opportunities:

You get opportunities to work with-

  • renowned architects, builders and architectural firms.
  • Hospitals and medical centres
  • Hotels and resorts
  • Studios and exhibition centres
  • Event management companies
  • Town and city planning bureaus
  • Various public and private sector organisations
  • Film and TV industry, theatre, etc

Other Work Aspects:

  • You will get varied work and different sites. You won’t get bored sitting at one place and doing the same work every day. New clients, new projects mean new ways of learning and working.
  • It is not a dead-end job and has beneficial future prospects. You always have chances of promotion and different pay for different projects. With experience, you can also get into bigger companies or establish one of your own.  
  • You can make use of your abilities to its fullest.
  • New challenges in every project.
  • You can also work on your initiative rather than being told what to do. So, you can be your own boss.
  • You may require to travel to visit prospective clients.

CONS:

  • Initial years are very tough and you may not be able to earn much.
  • Your idea may not always match with your client’s idea. You must know how to fix that.
  • Most interior designers choose to work as freelancer and hence the salary is unsteady.
  • Not so flexible work hours may sometimes be exhausting.
  • Until you get your name out there in the market, you will not be able to make much profit.
  • This profession involves long hours and a lot of work. Hence, it can be stressful.
  • You may sometimes find yourself limited on materials.

However, every job on this earth has its own pros and cons. So, if you are prepared to deal with the challenges of your dream career and you want to choose a career in a field you are good at, just go for it.