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Develop a livelihood as a home interior consultant

Jun 26th 2015 at 6:08 AM

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If making improvements to homes by adding beauty and without compromising on quality and functionality sounds like something you would love to get into, then developing and earning a livelihood as a home interior consultant is a great way to spend your time. Whereas in most cases those involved in home design have to seek professional qualifications, with a home interior consultant, you just have to get experience in interior design and interior decorating to better understand and learn the practical aspects of budgeting, planning, and styling. Despite the fact that no formal training is required in order to become a home interior consultant, a solid foundation in the basics of interior design and interior decorating as well as an in-depth comprehension of a specific area of focus that you are inclined towards can be of great benefit to you. You will also need to know how to attract clients and projects as well as manage projects efficiently and effectively in order to be successful.

To begin with, in order to start sharpening your skills as a home interior consultant and start making your own custom home designs and implementing them in people’s homes, you will need to do a few things. You will need to constantly practise on a few homes, including your own and that of a few friends or relatives, you can get some formal training by taking a course online or at a local art or design school, and you can also immerse yourself in the world of interior design and interior decorating by reading books and watching shows about what is important in this field. In essence, you will need to know how light and colour are used to create different effects, you need to know how to plan and utilise space in a room and in a home, you need to study different decorating styles including old Victorian designs, French designs, baroque, minimalist and other designs and you need to train your taste as an interior consultant to better understand why some choices are better than others when it comes to adding beauty and functionality to a home.

When dealing with architect designed homes, you will need to understand the idea behind the different choices that the architect and interior designer made in the home before you can make your own alterations to add beauty and functionality to a particular space. You could sharpen your fundamental skills by taking up an internship or apprenticeship with a qualified interior designer and decorator in order to better understand how a project is planned and implemented. After understanding the fundamentals that you need to know in order to be effective, you need to start focusing on a particular niche decorating style such as minimalist, contemporary or baroque in order to hone your skills faster. Building a portfolio of your work that you can use to market and advertise your work is also crucial.

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