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Interior Design Jobs

Interior design jobs vary in their situation and requirements. As an interior designer, there are many kinds of jobs available based on your speciality interest and experience.

Qualifications and experience

Many of the available interior design jobs will be looking for someone with either a three year diploma qualification or for someone who has completed the courses that qualify them for the specific requirements of the job. While many look for experience it is therefore important as a student to involve yourself in as many part time work opportunities as possible. It usually pays off when it comes to looking for full time work.


As a student studying you will be able to find work where you can exercise your skills on small projects that extend over short periods of time. You may be offered a daily rate up to as much as R1,000 or a rate for the entire project. These are usually once off jobs and the rate is not indicative of a full time salary. This type of work is exceptionally important as you enter the job market officially, giving you a wide range of experience as well as contactable references for prospective employers.

Starting your own business

Many interior decorators have resorted to forming partnerships in the industry as a way of determining their own salaries and creating their own interior design jobs. As consultants they have found that by marketing themselves and forming working relationships or even teams with individuals they have been able to tap into lucrative business openings. Since this is a widely accepted practice, many of the interior design courses that are on offer incorporate business skills as well as marketing into their curriculums.

What kind of salary and benefits can be expected?

According to a nationwide survey the salary range is fairly large with starting salaries sitting around R60,000 per annum (R5,000 per month) and going right up to R220,000 which is equivalent to over R18,000 a month). Interior design jobs very rarely offer commission based opportunities although they are usually offered an annual bonus equivalent to just less than 100% of the monthly salary. It is interesting to note that male designers form just 20% of the interior design work force.

It is not common practice to be offered a medical package or any other benefits when you are applying for interior design jobs. Those that do get offered a benefit usually have a medical aid benefit. This happens in only about 20% of the available jobs.

Get the edge over the competition

Being an interior designer you find that you become multi talented, able to take on after hours consulting work in addition to a full time job. It is common practice for those with interior design jobs to add some freelance work to their portfolio since the market is exceptionally competitive and this extra experience could be just what they need to get the next best job or land a top notch client.

Interior Decorators

Interior decorators have long been renowned for their habit of gracing the homes of the rich and the famous, choosing textiles to add contrasting reflections and making a room appear more majestic. While this is one of the benefits of being rich and famous, it is not always what interior decorating is all about.

Commercial design

Many interior design companies focus on one of two specialities, one of them being commercial interior design. This includes:

  • Designing stores so that the window displays attract optimum attention, making sure that the isles are wide enough and that the general outlay of the store creates a flow and increases sales.
  • Office layout that promotes a working space conducive to productivity taking into consideration traffic flow, light sources and distractions such as noises.
  • Space organisation has become important in work places with being able to access it and also have it out of the way. Interior decorators are able to optimise the working space making employees more efficient.

Residential design

The other avenue that interior decorators go is that of residential design. Their involvement can be right in the construction stages with the architect, planning the interior spaces in terms of furniture and fittings. In fact interior design is an essential part of constructing compact apartments, for example, they need to allow enough space for cupboard doors to open when there is a bed in the room or space in the kitchen for a rubbish bin as well as a fridge.

Home improvement tips

There has until recently been a big focus on large residential projects from construction to full scale decorating. The shift has been in the direction of smaller projects paying special attention to space saving and de-cluttering. Some of the ways that interior decorators can overcome challenges in your home include:

  • Creating larger surface areas in the kitchen as well as storage space using walls.
  • Adding the illusion of space to smaller kitchen where counter tops have been maximised.
  • Ensuring that there is room for all appliances including washing machines and dish washers.
  • Planning open plan areas to add cosiness with the use of room dividers.
  • Products that complement the current furniture.
  • Accessories such as pot plants, paintings or other wall features.
  • Colour is an incredible way to create an illusion or to add a specific atmosphere.

Your biggest asset

Using interior decorators in your office of course adds a true monetary value to your business as productivity is increased and production time is reduced. In your home, a decorator will add a touch of style that is classy, unique but that which can easily fit in with the tastes of a prospective buyer. Knowing that your home has something that no other has gives you the confidence to stick to your asking price. Making sure that your home is not just well presented but also functional goes a long way towards making a good impression.