Decorators rely on many disciplines to improve the aesthetics of a place or space. Their main concerns are the way that different colors, textures, furniture, lighting, and space work together to meet the needs of a building’s occupants. The decorators work on improving the space interior of homes, commercial premises, buildings, event rooms, factories, transport terminals, theaters, shopping centers, restaurants, hotels, schools, hospitals, among others.
A good decoration is the result of good design and use of space, a decorator transforms a space using interior design techniques, a singular decoration can boost the productivity of an areaOh increase sales, attract a specific clientele, offer a more relaxing hospital experience, or increase the market value of a building.
In terms of education, decorators generally have a formal title related to interior design, which allows them to decide with criteria the choice of a style, the color palette, the selection of appropriate furniture for a space, type of windows to match, type of lighting, etc.
In their work they must be able to have the plans read, as they often work with architects and electricians to validate their designs and make sure they comply with local regulations. If a project requires structural work, the decorator will work alongside other professionals such as an architect or engineer for that part of the project. Most designs also require hiring collaborators to do technical work, such as lighting, plumbing, and electrical wiring.
At the beginning of the profession, during the first contact with a client the decorator will observe the needs and desires of that client. Through a meeting on site with the client, the advantages of the space and the problems are identified, the inventory of equipment or furniture is also carried out and finally the estimated budget that the client has for the development of the project. Subsequently, with all the information collected, the decorator will make a work plan and budget.
When it comes to working, the decorators work with the computer (PC / Computer), tablet, camera and use specific decoration software to design spaces, for example Homebyme, IKEA Planner or BlopHome, which are just some of the tools or virtual programs that allow you to decorate spaces and make realistic 3D models of how the decoration or change of style of a room would be.
The work environment is demanding, in many cases the working conditions for decorators vary and the search for clients is constant. Department store decorators generally work under pressure to meet deadlines, for example to put together a Christmas window display. A decorator’s workplace can be diverse, in shared offices, in studios, at home, or at client locations. In this profession it is normal to travel through different points on the map, from visiting event rooms in the same city, showrooms in another country, design centers, customer exhibition sites and other locations.
What do you have to study to be a Decorator?
Currently, many job offers require a technical degree or a bachelor’s degree to fill positions of responsibility. Most Decorators have a design base and in many cases come from interior design. There are multiple training programs proposed by design schools and universities. In general the technical degree lasts for 2 or 3 years and the bachelor’s degree 4 years. Classes in tools, drawing, perspective, spatial planning, color and fabrics, art history, architecture, ergonomics, ethics, and psychology are taught in most courses or workshops. Each educational formula depends on the university or institute in which you decide to train.
A decorator has a creative profile, he is a persistent person and capable of communicating his ideas visually, verbally and in writing. This profession requires problem solving skills and Capacity to work under pressure and independently.
Not all decorators go to work on multi-million dollar decorating projects. The vast majority of early interior decorators and designers work on smaller projects for individuals or SMEs. Some students think that once they have graduated from a program, they are automatically ready to open their own business. Some do. Many fail and end up working for someone else. Some experienced decorators open their own business and work with clients remotely, in other cases they dedicate themselves to giving face-to-face and virtual classes.