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Professional growth in interior design: 5 main skills

People increasingly want to live in beautiful homes so that after a hard day’s work they can return to a cozy, stylish space that will help them relax and recharge. The quarantine introduced in the world in connection with COVID-19 has changed a lot in people’s minds. Demand for suburban real estate has grown strongly. But not every happy owner of his home can boast of good taste, free time and knowledge of the principles of creating a competent interior. That is why the services of designers are now more relevant than ever.

An interior designer is a dynamically developing profession, so it’s not enough to get an education once and then work as if on a well-trodden track. Professionals who want to remain in demand in this area must constantly improve their skills and gain new knowledge. The head of the Russian Academy of Design, Anna Simonova, gave some advice to aspiring and practicing interior designers who want to take their place in this niche and grow in the profession.

1. Practice mindfulness
5 main qualities of a designer
Photo: Russian Academy of Design
Seeing is that visual experience that you get in the process of looking at other people’s work. It helps to generate new creative ideas and find inspiration. It can and should be trained.

To do this, visit sites that publish the best design projects. Do not limit yourself to Russian-language resources, be sure to pay attention to the experience of foreign colleagues. Look at the photos, analyze what exactly makes the interior beautiful, get inspired and take note of new ideas.

And remember, as with any workout, regularity is key. Make it a rule to look through various interior projects daily and save your favorite ideas.

2. Develop soft skills
5 main qualities of a designer
Photo: Russian Academy of Design
Soft skills, or cross-professional skills, are important for all specialties, and especially for creative professions. The interior designer is no exception. It is not enough to have impeccable taste, to know the principles of competent interior design and be able to apply them in practice. Without the so-called “flexible skills”, it will be impossible to achieve high results.

Empathy is a key soft skill for a designer. A real pro knows how to hear and understand the customer. You must skillfully identify the client’s values, needs and pains. And for this you need to have a high level of empathy. To work with premium clients, you must learn to understand them. To do this, you need to pay attention to habits, tastes, priorities. Create a psychological portrait of the client before offering services.

Breadth of views is the second thing to pay attention to. You must be open to new ideas and points of view that differ from yours. Be prepared to look for new solutions for every challenge. Try new approaches, allow yourself some leeway. This is creativity.

Do not forget about competent time management. Success comes to those who know how to plan their working time: complete all projects on time and at the same time find time for rest.

3. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes
5 main qualities of a designer
Photo: Russian Academy of Design
Very often, specialists are marking time in one place because they are afraid to make a mistake. They are afraid to declare their non-standard solutions, they are afraid that their ideas will be criticized. But only bold proposals and a passion for experimentation lead to stunning results. If you don’t want to stay mediocre, then forget about your fears and do what you really think is unique and worthy. Remember, only those who do nothing do not make mistakes.

4. Learn how to create a competent design project
5 main qualities of a designer
Photo: Russian Academy of Design
Only a competent approach to your work will make you a real demanded specialist. You must be 200% confident in the design project.

Create a layout that meets the needs of the client and at the same time increases the liquidity of the object.
Learn how to make an effective concept that the customer will approve from the first discussion.
Bring your idea to realization without losing a single valuable thought.
Learn how to use new programs to create a complete set of drawing documentation to the high standards of a real pro.
The Russian Academy of Design has already taught all this (this) consistent knowledge to more than 1000 students at its intensive courses.

5. Do it
5 main qualities of a designer
Photo: Russian Academy of Design
Theoretical knowledge is certainly important. But only by completing real projects, you can raise your level of professionalism. Create, check with colleagues, try, search, and do again. Don’t think that admiring someone else’s designs gives you the ability to create beautiful things. Only your personal practice will make you a professional.

Start working. If it’s scary on your own, try it in a team. Take the first step. Then the second.

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