Interior designers work with architects to plan the layout of interiors for optimum utilisation of area, for creating spaces for functionality as well as utility. Interior decorators on the other hand plan colour schemes, furniture, furnishings, decorations and arrangements.
- Coordinate with other professionals, such as contractors, architects, engineers, and plumbers, to ensure job success.
- Inspect construction work on site to ensure its adherence to the design plans.
- Use computer-aided drafting (CAD) and related software to produce construction documents.
- Advise client on interior design factors such as space planning, layout and use of furnishings or equipment, and color coordination.
- Confer with client to determine factors affecting planning interior environments, such as budget, architectural preferences, and purpose and function.
- Estimate material requirements and costs, and present design to client for approval.
- Review and detail shop drawings for construction plans.
- Formulate environmental plan to be practical, esthetic, and conducive to intended purposes, such as raising productivity or selling merchandise.
- Design spaces to be environmentally friendly, using sustainable, recycled materials when feasible.
- Research and explore the use of new materials, technologies, and products to incorporate into designs.
- Render design ideas in form of paste-ups or drawings.
- Select or design, and purchase furnishings, art works, and accessories.
- Subcontract fabrication, installation, and arrangement of carpeting, fixtures, accessories, draperies, paint and wall coverings, art work, furniture, and related items.
- Plan and design interior environments for boats, planes, buses, trains, and other enclosed spaces.