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A career as an interior designer can be fun, creative, and full of possibilities. Interior designers have the unique opportunity to work with high-end private clients, commercial contracts, and many more diverse types of clients. This allows them to learn and specialize in specific styles to develop their own unique designs and styles. Here’s how Penn Foster’s Interior Design Associate Degree Program can help you prepare for a career full of color, fabric, and creativity.

What does an interior designer do?

An interior designer uses different decor, furniture, fabrics, colors, and textures to complement and contrast each other to tie a room, office, or home together. Then they put together designs to show their creative and functional ideas to their clients. This can differ depending on the space and style which allows you to express your creativity.

Interior designers can work for themselves by starting their own design business or, more often, by working for an established design firm.

Are interior designers and interior decorators the same thing?

While many people may use the terms interchangeably, interior designers and interior decorators aren’t the same job. Interior designers take into account a number of factors when deciding on a design, including the function of the room, architecture, and psychology. Interior decorators, on the other hand, focus solely on decorating a space with the appropriate furniture and décor to meet a client’s needs. Because of this difference, interior designers require a higher level of education and often must be licensed or registered to work in the field.

How can an interior designer be successful?

Being a successful interior designer involves artistic ability, a desire to learn up-to-date style techniques, and people skills that allow you to listen and interpret your client’s needs. As an interior designer you’ll find yourself working closely with clients to help their vision become a reality.

In an online interior design program, you’ll take classes in

  • Color theory. You’ll learn how to use color to transform a space. This course will also help you understand the different factors you should consider before starting your next project or design.
  • Marketing and Sales in Interior Design. Business and marketing skills are crucial for an interior designer. You’ll learn how to design promotional resources, establish a company profile, find clients who want your services, and build better relationships with clients.
  • Residential Design. This course will teach you the fundamental skills needed to create well-designed interior spaces of all types. You’ll learn the functionality and design needs of entrances, as well as circulation, social, and leisure spaces.

Penn Foster’s program is designed to help prepare students for the many career opportunities that are available as an interior designer. Interior designers can work for corporate design firms, retail design centers, private offices, or even start their own business!

Design your journey towards a career that uses your skills

With Penn Foster's online Interior Design Program, you’ll learn the essential techniques and concepts that can help you as you enter the job field. With an average yearly salary of $57,600 in 2020, now is the time to map your career path towards becoming an interior designer.

To find out more about how Penn Foster can help you prepare for the career you want, call to speak with our Admissions team at 1.888.427.6500 today!