Career as Interior Designer

Career as a Interior Designer

About Interior Designer

Do you love decorating the space around you? If yes, then interior designing as a career may be your true calling! Be it a corporate house or a residential space, the need for interior designers has grown manifolds today, and therefore it has become a promising career option. With creative thinking and imaginative skills, interior designers can transform ordinary offices spaces, houses, hotels, etc. into masterpieces.

The job of an interior designer is to come up with ideas and conceptualise the design keeping the environment of a particular space in mind. The next step for them is to transform their ideas and concepts into reality. Drawing skills and sense of creativity are the two most important aspects of this business. More than a thousand interior designers graduate every year to pursue their dreams. While there is no dearth of opportunities for interior designers in India, the options to make a career in this field is relevant across the globe.

Eligibility to become Interior Designer

  • Candidates should have passed 10+2 from a recognised institution in any desirable stream.

  • Candidates should have a minimum of 50% marks in 10+2 or equivalent (relaxation rules apply for different categories and varies from college to college).

  • A valid scorecard of an entrance exam (if applicable) has to be produced by the candidates with the required cut-off marks.

  • For B.Sc in Interior Design, candidates have to be from the Science Stream with PCM (Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics) as major subjects with at least 55% overall aggregate.

Types of Job Roles Interior Designer

After successfully completing a degree in interior designing, candidates can opt for a number of interior design job profiles. The common thing required for all the jobs is to be creative. Few top job profiles for interior designers are mentioned below:

  • Interior and Spatial Designer: These designers are responsible for renovating and designing the internal spaces. These spaces include furnishings, colour and lighting schemes, structural alteration, fixtures and fittings. The platform for work for these designers can comprise of the commercial, domestic or leisure settings.

  • Lighting Designers: These designers focus solely on the variety of lights and their impact on the surrounding environment. What lights should be used in office space, at home or at commercial outlets are the decisions taken by the lighting designers.

  • Visual Merchandisers: Designers of this job profile are responsible for creating interesting and innovative designs for visual displays at the retail outlets. These designers make the outlets fascinating so that the customers are attracted towards the shop.

  • Production Designer/Art Director: These are the professionals in the entertainment industry. They are responsible for creating, maintaining and executing ideas of the director by putting in their creativity and thoughts. Production designers are responsible for set designs that we see on our television screens or in films.

  • Exhibition Designer: As the name suggests, an exhibition designer works on large projects and exhibitions on a commercial basis. The main aim of these designers is to convey the message of their client to the audiences.

Employment Sector/Industry for Interior Designer

Interior designers can find employment opportunities in the following areas.

  • Architectural Firms

  • Retailers

  • Interior Design Companies

  • Designing Consultancies

  • Construction Companies

  • Set Designing Companies (for Theatre, TV or Film)

  • Event Management Companies

  • Exhibition Centers

Top Recruiting Companies for Interior Designers

Interior designers can look for a decent job in a number of good companies in India. Apart from giving exposure and some experience, the following companies will add brand value to your resume.

  • Interia

  • Acropolis

  • Tag Concepts

  • Livspace

  • Urban Ladder

  • Effervescent Technologies Pvt. Ltd

  • Bonito Designs

  • Films Factory

  • Inch

  • Homelane

Pay Scale/Salary of Interior Designer

An interior designer is paid based on the level of creativity and experience he/she has. Listed below are interior designers’ salary based on their job profiles and experience.  

Job Profile

Starting Salary per annum (in INR)

Mid Level Salary per annum (in INR)

Senior Level Salary per annum (INR)

Interior and Spatial Designer

2,45,841

4,14,369

5,94,152

Lighting Designers

2,00,000 – 4,00,000

10,00,000 – 15,00,000

15,00,000 and above

Visual Merchandiser

3,00,000 – 5,00,000

5,00,000 – 7,00,000

8,00,000 – 12,00,000

Production Designer/Art Director

411630

7,00,000

8,00,000 and above

Exhibition Designer

2,00,000 – 3,00,000

4,00,000 – 7,00,000

10,00,000 and above

Note: The above figures are an estimate and may vary from individual to individual and organisation to organisation.

Books & Study Material to Become Interior Designer

To pursue this career, candidates can either opt for a degree or a diploma programme. Depending upon the type of programme the candidates choose, the admission procedure will differ. Usually for a diploma degree, candidates can take direct admission based on the marks they scored in their 12th boards. For a bachelor degree programme, the top institutions generally prefer candidates who clear their entrance exams and meet the qualifying mark. In order to prepare for such exams, candidates can take help from the following books and study material:

  • NIFT/NID/IIFT Entrance Examination by Shadan Usmani

  • UCEED (B.Des) Entrance Books and Test Series by AFAINDIA

  • NIFT/NID/IIFT Entrance Examination 2018 by Dharmendra Mittal

  • Seeds for CEED by Bhushan Patil

  • Wren & Martin by P.C. Wren

  • Lucent's General Knowledge by Manvendra Mukul, R. P. Suman, Renu Sinha, Sanjeev Kumar, and Vinay Karna

Pros of becoming a Interior Designer

  • You get a chance to work in an environment full of light, life, and colours.

  • Your creativity leads you to turn your imagination into reality.

  • As part of your job, you get to interact and communicate with many people, which is good for some networking.

  • Established interior designers are paid very well. 

Cons of becoming a Interior Designer

  • An interior designer cannot execute his/her idea without manpower and resources. 

  • One of the biggest challenges can also be dealing with clients regarding the payment. 

  • The level of competition is very high in the field of interior designing.

  • A single project will consume a lot of your time before it actually shapes up.

Career path for Interior Designer

The field of interior designing does not require formal education but people who have completed some professional course or those with a bachelor's degree are given more preference. Degrees at master’s and doctoral levels are also available. It has also been observed that employers in interior design businesses give more preference to those who  have an academic background related to the field of interior designing. Those who come from an engineering or architecture background before specialising in interior design are expected to have a better understanding of this field. Interior designing courses are offered by many design schools and masters degree in fine arts with a specialisation in interior design is also available at some institutes.

Paths for Being Interior Designer