By Marli Naidoo
Interior decorators love giving rooms new life by filling them with beautiful and functional furniture and décor. They like working with people, and are better listeners than the average person. These people are also naturally creative, have an eye for detail, can plan effectively and manage projects successfully. They also love shopping.
Training is essential in this career choice. A certificate must be obtained at a registered training institution and the course can be completed online or in a class environment. Another way to become a decorator, is through an internship. You can work at a decorating company, and eventually acquire the necessary knowledge in this way. This is where interior decorating and design differ the most. As interior designers must have knowledge of the structure of the building, have to be able to effect changes and read architectural drawings, a university degree in design is compulsory.
A course in interior decorating includes the following:
Elements of décor and finishes
Floors, walls and windows
Material and styles of furniture
Principles of design
Analysis of clients’ requirements
Art and antique furniture
How to work with clients
You can also combine your course with other complementary courses, for example drawing of buildings, Feng Shui, gardening or entrepreneurship.
Oxbridge Academy: https://www.oxbridgeacademy.edu.za/blog/7-skills-every-interior-decorator-needs-to-have/