How to become an Interior Designer

Interior Designers are among some of the most influential and in-demand professionals; although the intricacies behind developing such a prestigious career often go unnoticed.

From project management to unique, niche stylings, establishing yourself as an Interior Designer can be a daunting leap of faith due to the requirements of vital skills, dedication, and perseverance. Katie Malik Interiors is here to demonstrate how the following three factors are fiercely important in your initiation and development as an up and coming interior designer:

Interior Design Qualifications

The prestigious industry of Interior Design is undoubtedly competitive; although there is no definitive route to success, having a keen eye for interiors and a unique, sophisticated flare may only get you so far without having achieved the relevant qualifications. Without the necessary qualifications, such as professional training at Chelsea College of Art, or the National Design Academy, a prospective designer may find it difficult to gain sufficient experience. Ultimately, preventing them from progressing to practicing as a professional designer.


A respective and admirable portfolio, in addition to clientele, is something that requires much time of nurturing, therefore you should not expect your new and glamorous career to take off overnight - it will ultimately depend on the career route you are pursuing and the qualifications you initially possess. Among the most important things for Interior Designers just beginning is their display of skills; short courses and intensive studies are encouraged, Katie Malik Interiors is host to such workshops.


Create a vanquishing Portfolio

Your portfolio is your holy grail; a prize opportunity to showcase your intricate works and unmatched talents. An Interior Designer in their early days of practice should ensure that their portfolio demonstrates diversity in their range of styles, skills, and projects in order to appeal to a wider range of potential clientele and properties - as your unique portfolio develops you will be able to position yourself as an expert in particular fields of design.


Possessing your own portfolio is pivotal for success in this industry, as prospective customers will compare between designers. An array of portfolio templates and examples are available across the internet; upon creating yours be sure to emphasise your creativity and demonstrate your winning personality well. Additionally, your intricate display of works will require constant evolving and development in order to reflect new trends and projects you have been expertly working on. Often young designers seek honest and constructive criticism from their friends or family, as the way they initially view the portfolio in question is how an employer or client will too.


What are studios and clients looking for when hiring a new designer?

Interior Design Studio owners

A candidate’s portfolio should demonstrate their technical drawing skills, in addition to their attention to detail, ability to problem-solve, and create innovative ideas through their design. The diversity in clientele means all potential new designers should demonstrate their communication skills, both verbally and visually. Although there is no compulsory degree of experience, understanding this practical industry is crucial.


Private Clients

The prospective clientele will often base their decision of hiring an interior design service on how compelling their portfolio is - it is fundamental that yours includes a diverse range of works and truly showcases your skills and style. Should you not have completed any paid work or projects for customers, simply focus on the styling of your friend’s and families’ design projects. Regardless of the space in which you have worked, the most crucial element to any display of works is professional quality imagery - the hiring of an experienced interior photographer could be what sets you apart from the competition.



It takes a lot of passion and self-belief to establish yourself within any creative profession; the above components of initialising yourself as an Interior designer will help drive your new career choice.


  • Katie Malik, Interior Designer in London and Cambridge


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