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When Pantone announced Ultraviolet as its color for this year, the industry had a fair idea what to expect in the interior design trends for 2018. The style statements in design are extended to all related fields such as fashion design and product design. The year 2018 has witnessed interesting symphonies of unsuspecting elements to add the spark in interiors and the results have been pretty impressive. Here is what you will come across in social media this year!

1.Calm Bedrooms:

Hectic schedules have deprived people of soothing moments in their daily lives. This has led to a desire of subtle decoration of master bedrooms. Minimalism rules when it comes to decorating bedrooms this year. Neutral shades and calmer tones help in soothing down the occupant and minimalism ensures a cluster free environment for a peaceful sleep.

2.Fresh Kitchens:

The stainless steel and wooden tone cabinets have started giving way to their slightly colorful counterparts. Of course, a white kitchen is classic but people now want their kitchens to be livelier and more in sync with their individual choices.

3.Rustic feel:

The use of wood in flooring and furniture can never be replaced. What this year brings to it is change of preferences. Instead of plain strip locks, herringbone patterns have emerged to be a common wooden feature. The warmth and elegance of wooden shades have been extensively used in imparting a rich interior look.

4.Welcoming bathrooms:

A bathroom these days is a get-away sanctuary- spa-like features add element of luxury and comfort where in a person can relax and seek serene surroundings. Organic touch ups in the form of wooden elements and natural stones along with a sprinkle of greenery here and there, takes bathrooms a few notches up.

5.Floral impressions:

Limited textures are trending. What could be more appealing than a touch of nature? Popular fashion and fabric patterns denote a constant presence of floral imprints, mimicking the 70’s. The difference here is the limited use in the interiors, such as in wallpapers and bed linens. The use is restrained and yet experimental.

6.Color Splash and Shimmers:

While 2017 did see some statement colors making rounds in premium interiors, 2018 is more about popping colors and it gets only bolder- it happily accommodates gold and metallic hues. This does increase the work of an interior designer since it calls for clever combinations that stay easy on the eyes and continue to delight the occupant.

7.Antiques & Vintage:

This year the focus is on vintage pieces- of lighting, furniture, curios, accessories and even flower pots. Yes, you heard that right. This is THE year when you should not hesitate to splurge a handsome amount on that antique furniture you have been longing for since eternity! These elements add a defining value to an interior and end up outlining the style quotient of the spaces they occupy.

Each year ushers in a new dawn of fashion and design specifications. It is important to understand that these ‘rules’ are a simple description of what’s hot and happening in interior design arena, specially defined for trend-seekers. However, the ultimate value of an interior is in the way it reflects the aesthetic tastes of the owner, some of whom eventually become trend-setters.

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In our previous posts on interior designing course, we discussed on different aspects of the courses and colleges like things to consider when choosing an interior designing course or college, must have features of an interior designing college, and top reasons for why you should take interior designing as your career choice. You can check these posts in our blog. In this article we deal with some steps to become a successful interior designer.      

We will discuss about five major steps to shine as a leading interior designer. They are; 1) getting a degree in interior designing course, 2) having strong practical knowledge in the field, 3) building a strong portfolio, 4) finding a job, and 5) growing your network. Before moving to the steps, let’s look who can study an interior designing course and become an interior designer.

Who can study an interior designing course?

Interior designing course deals with the studies on designing the interior of living and working spaces. There will be many areas of specialization in an interior designing course. If you have been appreciated for arranging your room or designing a space with right furniture, colours, and lightings then a career in interior designing can be right for you.

Studying an interior designing course requires creativity, imagination, an artistic approach to the things, communication skills, coordination and management abilities, and business and marketing skills. Originality of ideas and innovations in designs are two critical factors if you really want to shine in the profession. If you are confident of these skills and abilities, then you can definitely pursue an interior designing course and become a successful interior designer.  

Five steps to become an interior designer

One: Study an interior designing course

Thought a formal education is not a must, most of the top interior design firms hire people who have a bachelors or master degree in interior design. A degree in the specific field is preferred. Interior designing course is offered by numerous reputed institutions all over India.

Students who have passed or about to appear in the qualifying Plus Two standard (Higher Secondary) exam are eligible to take up an interior designing course. So, in order to increase your chances of being recruited by the top companies, make sure you take formal education.

Two: Gain practical knowledge

Just studying an interior designing course is not enough to become a successful interior designer. While interior design is a field of fierce and intense competition, having a strong practical knowledge is a must to shine and even exist in the field.   

Though an interior designing course will help you enhance your skills and abilities and learn all the theoretical concepts, make sure you also learn to transform that theoretical knowledge into practice. Working on projects, getting internships in big companies and volunteering for different organizations during the course will help to increase your practical skill.

Three: Build a strong portfolio

Displaying high-quality examples of your works and projects compiled in a professional, well-organized portfolio will be crucial to starting your career as an interior designer. In your interior designing course you will get guidance from your instructors on creating a nice portfolio.

A well-built portfolio will not only help top employers to see the quality of your work and projects you completed but will also give you a chance to show off your creative skills and abilities. Make sure that you keep quality photographs of all of your works and projects to compile them in your portfolio.   

Four: Find a job

Having a strong portfolio in your hand, now it is the turn to find a right job. As we mentioned, holding a degree in interior designing course alone will not help you find a job in the field. Currently there is a need for 100000 interior designers in India alone. The industry is growing at a rate of 20% and is expected to do so until 2018. So, you just need to knock the door until it opens.

Competition is high, so a high paying, professional job may not be easy to find. Start with small projects. If you are skilled, bigger one will come in your way. Again we say, just study of interior designing course will not bring you the job.

Five: Grow your network     

This is very important for the success in your career as an interior designer. While the college where you study interior designing course gives you knowledge, strength of your network gives you projects and brings you money. While in college, take advantage of career services to search for jobs and connect with alumni in the field.      

Let the neighbors, friends, family, community organizations, businesses, contractors, manufacturers, and builders know your skills and services using all possible different effective strategies. This will help you get their projects and establish yourself as a brand.

So, all start with pursuing an interior designing course and polishing your designing skills and marketing abilities. Always keep in mind, practice is the key and network is the door.