Interior Designer Kaitātai o-Roto

Interior designers plan, design, decorate and furnish spaces in residential, commercial, retail and leisure environments.

Interior designers may do some or all of the following:

  • discuss design ideas and provide advice to clients
  • analyse clients' requirements
  • plan and design building interiors, rooms, shops, and residential and leisure spaces
  • plan interior infrastructure such as lighting, air-conditioning and communication cabling
  • prepare drawings, samples and decorating instructions
  • advise on hiring tradespeople
  • design furniture or fittings
  • buy and arrange furniture and fittings
  • work with architects and other contractors.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for interior designers includes:

  • any work related to rebuilding or refitting building interiors
  • industrial design or other design work
  • architecture or architectural draughting work.

Personal Qualities

Interior designers need to be:

  • imaginative and creative
  • accurate, with an eye for detail
  • good communicators
  • persuasive and able to negotiate
  • able to relate to a wide range of people
  • able to inspire confidence in their clients
  • able to accept criticism.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for interior designers includes:

  • any work related to rebuilding or refitting building interiors
  • industrial design or other design work
  • architecture or architectural draughting work.

Subject Recommendations

NCEA Level 3 is required to enter tertiary training. Useful subjects include history of art, design and visual communication (graphics), maths, physics, and painting, sculpture, photography and printmaking combined.

Related Courses

Interior Designers can earn around $45K-$70K per year per year.

Interior designers may progress to set up their own interior design business, or move into management roles.

Interior designers may specialise in:

  • commercial or residential work
  • colour consulting
  • feng shui design
  • kitchens
  • lighting
  • room styling
  • home staging for real estate sales.
Interior Designer