What Does An Interior Designer Do?

The role of an interior designer is a multi-faceted one. From concept to completion, there are many roles involved with researching, planning, coordinating and managing projects to enhance internal environments, improving their functionality, accessibility and aesthetic appeal. They may run their own interior design company or work for architects, interior design firms or design departments of large organizations or institutions.  

In this article, we will look at their principal responsibilities as they bring spaces to life.

Evaluating The Space

An interior designer is a visionary that can see the potential in any area and create exceptional spaces that fulfil the wishes of their clients. They know how to configure internal areas to your advantage, even the smallest places. Whether you´re living in a mansion or a tiny apartment, they will devise innovative ways to maximise areas while keeping aesthetics in mind. 

They´ll generate 2D and 3D interior design plans, mood boards, drawings and project visualisations to give you an idea of what your new interior will look like.

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Developing An Interior Design Concept


An interior design concept is the big picture that ensures all the building blocks or design elements fit together perfectly. The aim is to create a cohesive and harmonious look. 

At the outset of your project, the interior designer will ask about your goals and objectives and use this as a basis to come up with a concept that turns your vision into reality. Examples of themes include minimalist, rustic, modern rustic, contemporary, coastal, industrial and conservative.


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Defining Form And Functionality Of Spaces 

An interior design mantra is that form follows function and both are equally important. You can´t just throw together a bunch of different design elements and hope they will work. Everything has to be just right.

For example, imagine you´re designing a large kitchen. Now, you may have the most beautiful appliances and accessories, but if important items are too far away from each other you’ll never achieve optimal productivity. An interior designer organises an area based on how it will be used. Space planning



Interior designers have in-depth knowledge of the price points of different items at any given time. Drawing on their knowledge and experience, they will advise you on where best to spend your money to make the most of your budget.

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Assessing the Impact of the Design

Interior designers are also responsible for ensuring that the impact of any design choice doesn’t negatively affect the safety and wellbeing of those who will use the space.

They may have to seek independent advice to ensure the design and its elements are both compliant and safe.

Consulting With Other Professionals

The interior designer will also be the point of contact for any construction contractors on site. And they´ll liaise with architects, engineers, plumbers, electricians and other specialists. They´re a bit like the conductor of an orchestra, ensuring that all hands work together. 

And, of course, the interior designer is available throughout the entire process to discuss matters with the client and answer any questions.

Wrapping Up

Ultimately, the role of an interior designer is to fulfil a client´s brief and deliver what they want while taking into consideration space, colour, light, materials, finishes and planning and compliance regulations.

These talented professionals are not just decorators. They have to do a lot of things before the first can of paint is opened or item of furniture is put in place. And while many people have good taste and know how to decorate, it takes an interior designer`s knowledge, skills and creative eye to really take a home or building to the next level.


If you need help with your interior design, please make contact on the contact page or, for a friendly chat about your project, call Tracey : 07951 203525


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