Interior Talk

Different Interior Designing specializations

There are a wide range of career options an interior designer might choose. Interior designers enjoy using their creativity, knowledge, and research skills, as well as their desire to be socially accountable, globally aware, and responsible to the environment, by designing interior spaces. Here are a list of specializations in Interior Design:



  • Feng Shui Interior DesignUse the principles of Feng Shui to get the energy flowing and create balance in an environment.
  • Residential Interior DesignWork with clients to improve the form and function of their living spaces, while helping them define and reflect their personal style.
  • Restaurant Interior DesignDevelop design concepts that will contribute to positive customer experiences and the success of restaurant businesses.
  • Kitchen DesignGive your clients the kitchen they’ve always wanted. Develop expertise on appliances and efficient kitchen design.
  • Green Interior DesignDevelop expertise in designing spaces using products and methods that are environmentally friendly.
  • Hotel Interior DesignCreate inviting spaces for the hotel industry while considering several important factors such as: comfort, function, aesthetic appeal, concept and budget.
  • Furniture Design/ErgonomicsInterior designers study furniture styling and space planning and, as a result, are very knowledgeable about how furnishings should look and where they should be placed in an interior space for optimum visual impact and effective use. Some interior designers choose to design their own furniture collections; working with industrial engineers and designers to build it. Ergonomics – a science devoted to improving living and working conditions for humans by basing the design of products on the physical interface between people and furniture – is an interior design specialty that offers many exciting opportunities for designers. Ergonomic design factors – which can be applied to furnishings, equipment, and their arrangement within an interior environment – take into consideration human sensory capacity, body function, safety, and emotional satisfaction.
  • In-House Design for CorporationsThis has been and will continue to be one of the biggest growth areas. An in-house designer maintains the design style of the corporation, or in many instances, coordinates the design components needed to keep the corporate design image high. When consulting designers are called in on major design projects, in-house designers do the interpreting and communication coordination for the firm.
  • Interior Design EducationInterior design is a highly specialized field and, to be successful, a good education is essential. Often, interior designers who enjoy sharing their knowledge and experiences with students, devote a portion of their time to teaching at a local college, university or other educational center that offers instruction in interior design. Interior designers who intend to teach need at least a bachelor’s degree in interior design or related field. Some schools require experience in the profession and at least a Masters or Doctorate in order to join their Faculty.
  • Interior LandscapingThis is suitable for many environments. It can add a natural quality to even the most static environment, and can increase the comfort of a windowless environment. The field requires knowledge of landscaping as well as botany. A great many plants have been introduced into interiors without regard to growth patterns and the result is often a jungle. Interior landscape designers usually work under a contract that plans for continuing maintenance and design changes for seasonal updates and plant health.
  • Lighting DesignLighting, regardless of its specific application, is a very important aspect of an interior space that needs to be coordinated with the overall design concept. Whether they are recessed fixtures, low voltage pendant lights or an exquisite table lamp, lighting fixtures need to be designed to meet the needs of interior designers planning all types of interior spaces. Realizing the dramatic effects that can be achieved when lighting is used as a design element – such as color, texture and form – some designers specialize as interior lighting consultants. The wide array of lighting fixtures and products available, along with rapid advancement in lighting technology, make lighting design an exciting and profitable interior design career path.
  • Museum DesignAt one time, only people with a history or art history background worked in museums. Today, however, a museum has many opportunities for interior designers; including creating design concepts for promotional and community projects, as well as designing spaces specifically for the preservation of fine art, sculpture, historical textiles, books and other artifacts. Due to the age and fragile conditions of most museum collections, an understanding of the effects of humidity and lighting on the various artifacts is extremely important. Interior designers work directly for the museums or are employed by consulting firms that specialize in museum work.
  • Party and Event DesignAny number of designers organizes and orchestrates parties and events for corporations, charities, and other organizations as a sideline – and their clients willingly pay. At these affairs, it is not enough just to put people into a ballroom for so many hours; they want fantasies brought to life. If you can capture and excite people for a given period of time, they will remember you and use your product or service again.
  • Retail Store DesignNot long ago, most retailers were hesitant to invest a great deal of money on the interiors of their stores. In recent years most have changed their minds about working with a store designer; especially since consumer preference studies have proven that a well designed interior helps to not only attract customers but to sell merchandise.
  • Set Design for Movies, Theater, Dance, Opera/ Stage DesignMany interior designers started in set design; others started as interior designers and moved into set design. Set design is a different world; you build it and then you tear it apart. You design it to be seen from a given perspective. The size of the theater and its design — whether it is a proscenium or a theater-in-the round– affects the placement of furniture and other props.
  • Showroom DesignA showroom must sell a product; this is the primary job of the given space. Whether it is beautiful or not is a question of taste, but whether it works and products sell can be measured. Showroom design specialists most often work in larger cities.
  • Textile DesignInterior designers work well in textile design because they work with textiles daily and they know where the products sell. This field does require extra study. There is a difference between designing fabrics that are printed, and fabrics that are woven. Finishing and printing technology is rapidly changing.


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