Interior is the reflection of peoples’ inner mind; interior is the reflection of the persons personality. So being an Interior Designer doesn’t only need a proper creativity, it demands to be a peoples’ person too. The real challenge for an interior designer lies in understanding and interpreting a client’s tastes and needs to create an environment that is functional as well as aesthetic. All this while working under a budget constraint, at least most of the time.
People tend to confuse interior designing with interior decorating. There is, however, a thin line of differentiation. Decorating involves the aesthetics of interiors, choosing furniture and accessories to create the look and feel of a room. Designing is a more specialised in-depth function which concerns the aesthetics as well as functionality of any living space. It deals with a whole range of areas — construction and finishing materials, interior design, selecting and placing of furniture, furnishings and other indoor objects, decoration of walls, floors, roofs and lighting designed to suit the client’s needs and taste. The involvement with the client is on a more personalised basis, more than a regular contractor who just builds four walls and hands it over to the client. The relationship lasts right up to the time when the final touches are added and the space is ready to be occupied.
In India popularity of the Interior Designing is success of story of very recent time and acceptance of it as a specialised profession is also quite new.
To become an interior designer, you can take up any stream of study at the 10+2 level and follow it up with a diploma in Interior Design. There are institutions offering reputed programmes in Interior Designing in India. Few of the Institutions are
• School of Interior Design, Ahmedabad
• J.J School of Arts, Mumbai
• CEPT (Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology)
All of their programmes are recognised by the All-India Council of Technical Education (AICTE). National School of Design offers graduate diploma programmes in product and furniture design.
Some of the institutions in Karnataka are IITC, Bangalore; School of Interior Design, Bangalore; Karavali College of Interior Decoration, (affiliated to Mangalore University & recognised by the Govt.), Mangalore; National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Bangalore (which offers an undergraduate programme on interior accessories).