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Interior designers and interior decorators

National Occupation Code (NOC): 5242

Interior designers and interior decorators conceptualize and produce aesthetic, functional and safe designs for interior spaces in residential, commercial, cultural, institutional and industrial buildings. They are employed by architectural and interior design firms, retail establishments, construction companies, hospitals, airlines, hotel and restaurant chains, and other establishments, or they may be self-employed.

Job Duties for Interior designers and interior decorators

  • Consult with clients to determine needs, preferences, safety requirements and purpose of space
  • Develop detailed plans and 3-D models showing arrangement of walls, dividers, displays, lighting and other fixtures using computer-assisted design (CAD) software and graphics software
  • Develop plans, elevations, cross sections and detailed drawings, and advise on selection of colours, finishes and materials, floor and wall coverings, window treatments, interior and exterior lighting, furniture and other items, taking into account ergonomic and occupational health standards
  • Estimate costs and materials required and may advise on leasing, real estate and marketing
  • Prepare plans and specifications for the final interior designs in accordance with current practices and codes
  • Work in a multidisciplinary environment
  • May direct site work crews and subcontractors.
Interior designers are experts in the area of interior architecture, construction materials and building codes. They may specialize in designing interiors for residential, commercial, institutional, cultural and industrial buildings and for aircraft, ships or trains, trade shows and exhibitions. Interior decorators may specialize in decorating residential or commercial interior spaces, home staging, colour consulting and home organizing.

Working Conditions for Interior designers and interior decorators

Work is performed in an office environment, with visits to worksites sometimes necessary.

Alternate Job Titles

  • Aircraft Interior Designer
  • Building Space Planner
  • Business Aircraft Interior Designer
  • Certified Interior Designer
  • Colour Consultant - Home Decorating
  • Decorating Consultant
  • Designer - Interior Design
  • Green Design Consultant - Interior Design
  • Home Decorating Consultant
  • Home Decorator
  • Home Organizer
  • Home Stager
  • Home Staging Consultant
  • Interior Decorating Consultant
  • Interior Decorator
  • Interior Design Consultant
  • Interior Design Project Manager
  • Interior Design Technician
  • Interior Designer
  • Interior Designer Assistant
  • Interior Space Designer
  • Kitchen Designer
  • Licensed Interior Designer
  • Office Space Planner
  • Registered Interior Designer
  • Retail Space Planner
  • Space Management Consultant
  • Aircraft Interior Designer
  • Interior Decorator
  • Interior Design Technician
  • Interior Designer
  • Kitchen Designer
  • Office Space Planner
  • Retail Space Planner
  • Home Staging Consultant
  • Space Management Consultant

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