How to become a Successful Interior Designer

What makes a successful interior designer? What can one do to become a better one? We asked some of the most influential names in the interior design world to share with us the tips, tricks and tools that they would recommend to someone who wants to become a successful interior designer. This article is part of a 14 page Ebook titled “How to Become an Interior Designer -Tricks, Tips and Tools from 12 of the most prestigious influencers in the Interior Design World.”


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michelle ogundehin, elle decor, how to become a successful interior designer, tips and tricks for interior designersMichelle Ogundehin – Elle Decor

Internationally renowned as an authority on interiors, style and design, Michelle Ogundehin is a writer, interior stylist, TV presenter and award-winning editor. She lives and works in London, UK.

What is the one trick or tip you would give to somebody who wants to become a successful interior designer?

“When you’re pitching for a job, or describing a scheme for the first time to a client, remember that it’s half marketing, by which I mean, enthuse! It’s up to you to paint a picture of what you’re trying to achieve; the aim should be to send your client on the visual journey that’s in your head, so that they can start to imagine it for themselves. Never forget, any project is all so intangible in the early stages, and many people find it hard to visualise how something might look, let alone feel, so keep your language evocative, and sell. Don’t just present a bunch of drawings and expect them to do the work for you.”

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jaime derringer, design milk, how to become a successful interior designerJaime Derringer – Design Milk

Jaime Derringer is founder and editor of modern design influence blog Design Milk. She has been noted as an expert on design trends, speaks on design, blogging, social media and co-hosts the Clever podcast while offering consulting. Jaime lives in Southern California with her husband, daughter and their dog.

What is the one trick or tip you would give to somebody who wants to become a successful interior designer?

“Ask your client to make inspiration boards of things other than room, furniture or decor. Request that they look outside of Pinterest and magazines for inspiration, it might be nature, art, or music. Have them collect these ideas and use them to build a space rather than become a Pinterest copying machine.”

 

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DAN-HOWARTHDan Howarth – Dezeen

Dan is the US editor for Dezeen, one of the world’s most influential architecture and design websites. Dan runs the company’s American operations from New York. He was previously in charge of all of the site’s design content as deputy editor in London.

What is the one trick or tip you would give to somebody who wants to become a successful interior designer?

Socialise! The design industry is a relatively tight-knit community, so going to as many talks, events, parties as possible really helps for getting to know the key players and potential future employers. You might also meet a material supplier who could cut you a deal in the future, or a client looking for the right designer to complete their project. To get on the invite list, look out for announcements from design schools, media companies and retail brands – many of which host frequent open events – and RSVP your way to a new professional network.

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holly-beckerHolly Becker – Decor8

Holly Becker is an American Author, Stylist and Photographer with four books published under the “Decorate” series that are available in nearly twenty languages worldwide. She is also the founder of Decor8 blog, a leading blog for interiors since 2006.

What is the one trick or tip you would give to somebody who wants to become a successful interior designer?

“Have consistency and a cohesiveness to your work and after you learn the rules, BREAK them. Try to find something you do that becomes your signature. Definitely experiment and don’t try to be like anyone else out there. People who are breaking the rules are the ones who can stand out in design at the moment – there are so many designers – it’s the only way to be seen.”

 

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Jenna-M-McknightJenna M. McKnight

Jenna M. McKnight is an award-winning journalist and digital strategist with a deep passion for architecture, design, and culture. She has held senior positions at major print and online publications, in addition to serving as the first digital editor at the global architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. She has garnered numerous accolades, including an Associated Press Award for distinguished journalism and inclusion in Surface magazine’s Portfolio of American Influencers.

What is the one trick or tip you would give to somebody who wants to become a successful interior designer?

“Create a fantastic website and social media presence. Invest in taking beautiful photographs of your work and preparing concise and engaging text that describes your designs, philosophies, and background. You can still gain clients the old-fashioned way — through word of mouth and editorial coverage — but you also can utilize online platforms to market yourself and greatly expand your exposure and reach. In this day and age, it’s critical that you have a strong and well-curated digital presence.”

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ronique gibson, stagetecture, how to become a successful interior designerRonique Gibson – Stagetecture

Ronique Gibson, Assoc. Architect, LEED A.P., is a home design lifestyle expert. Her blog Stagetecture.com started in 2009 and today has become a well sought after destination for helping homeowners with everyday lifestyle challenges. She also contributes her expertise to a variety of high-profile home design publications and blogs. She also owns How To Make A Burlap Wreath.com for DIY craft enthusiasts. Ronique is also the Home Staging Expert at About.com.

What is the one trick or tip you would give to somebody who wants to become a successful interior designer?

“Find your ‘Why’? Ask yourself why you want to enhance the way people live, play, learn and work in your community and why their environment is important to you. If you can’t answer this for yourself, you will have a hard time finding a unique angle of your business or career track. Don’t just be another Interior Designer, be someone who knows why they want to help others.”

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karine-candice-kongKarine Candice Köng – Bodie & Fou

Karine is the founder of  the award-winning concept store BODIE and FOU (now sold), She is a freelance writer, creative director, interior stylist and lifestyle blogger that has been mentioned in worldwide media as an expert in interior design. She lives and works between London and the Bay of Arcachon (France).

 

What is the one trick or tip you would give to somebody who wants to become a successful interior designer?

“Work out your strengths and weaknesses and outsource your weaknesses to avoid wasting time on things others would do better and quicker than you and focus on the things you really enjoy doing.”

 

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amanda gates, gates interior design, how to become a successful interior designer, tips for interior designers, tricks for interior designAmanda Gates – Gates Interior

Amanda is a professionally trained Interior Designer and Feng Shui practitioner. She has been in the field of interior design and Feng Shui for close to twenty years. Amanda works with homeowners who want to create harmonious, healing environments through intentional interior design. Her blog has been nominated as on of the best design blogs in several media outlets like Huffington Post, Toast, The Global Design Post and others. 

What is the one trick or tip you would give to somebody who wants to become a successful interior designer?

“Continue to further your education. You are more valuable when you bring knowledge and skill to the table, no matter what it’s in. And work with a firm for at least two years.” 

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joni-webbJoni Webb – Cote de Texas

Joni is an interior designer who writes Cote de Texas. A blog about interior design, mostly French design, on the Texas Coast. Her blog has been mentioned as one of the most influential interior design blogs in the blogosphere.

What is the one trick or tip you would give to somebody who wants to become a successful interior designer?

“I started out working for friends and family who wanted a designer on the cheap. They became my biggest cheerleaders and spread the word about my work. I’m not sure I would have been successful without the support of my friends and family and the work I did for them!!”

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helen edwards, recycled interiors, how to become a successful interior designer, tricks for interrior designers, tips for interior designersHelen Edwards – Recycled Interiors

Helen Edwards is an award winning writer, blogger & podcaster. Her blog, Recycled Interiors is the go-to resource for being sustainable, healthy and happy at home. A collection of useful and inspiring tips for better sustainable homes. Helen works and lives in the beautiful Adelaide, Australia. 

What is the one trick or tip you would give to somebody who wants to become a successful interior designer?

“Never fall into thinking design is about trends. Design is about taking your client’s needs, dreams and budget into account and creating something functional and beautiful, but also individual. In my approach we always start with sustainability first – this matters not only for the planet, but for the longevity of the design in your client’s home.”

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jacquelyn---lark-and-linenJacquelyn Clark – Lark & Linen

Jacquelyn is the owner and principal of Lark & Linen Interior Design. She lives and breathes design. Previously, Jacquelyn worked for top tier architecture firms in Toronto, and as the editor for the world renowned lifestyle and design site Style Me Pretty Living.

 

What is the one trick or tip you would give to somebody who wants to become a successful interior designer?

“Start a design blog! There is nothing that has helped me hone in on my brand, stay on top of trends, collaborate with the most talented people around, and keep my finger on the pulse quite like working on my own blog.”

 

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kirsten-groveKirsten Grove – Simply Grove

Interior Stylist, Kirsten Grove, has always had a passion for interior design…well, at least since she was 9 years old and was given free reign at decorating her bedroom. Back then, she chose an eclectic palette of rainbows, polka dots, and stripes. Today Kirsten uses Simply Grove as a creative outlet for all things aesthetically beautiful. Started in 2008 as a way to show off eye catching design and decor from all over the world, Simply Grove has become a hang-out for like-minded creatives with a love of interiors and an appetite for design eye-candy. Kirsten has styled and designed for clients all over the world. Some of her favorite projects include residential in Seattle, Manhattan and Denver, as well as a commercial in Boise and many more residential consultations online all over the states.

What is the one trick or tip you would give to somebody who wants to become a successful interior designer?

“Be true to who you are as a designer. Don’t try and mimic anyone else. It doesn’t work! If you love danish design, specialize in that. Or if you prefer styling a room over designing a space, practice that. Designers get in trouble when they try and take on too much and do things that they are not passionate about.”

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Diego
Founder of Offcyclers + Overall Sustainable Design geek. When Diego isn't scouting for the most incredible Sustainable Design & Art, he is probably trotting the globe, photographing or filming any story he thinks needs to be told.

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