Why Should I Learn Interior Design?

The number one reason for anyone to learn interior design is simply this:

Regardless of whether you intend to become a traditional designer or take it a more novel and contemporary direction, the ability to design interior spaces is an incredibly useful skill to have. Knowing how to think and design in three dimensions can be applied across multiple professions and career tracks.

So you've thought about learning interior design.  There’s nothing wrong with asking, “What’s in it for me?” 

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Take it from someone who’s done it: Taking on the study of interior design will demand a lot of you.  It will push you, challenge you and require you to learn new skills and think in new ways.   No matter how gifted you are, some of the process of learning interior design will prove fairly uncomfortable and there will almost certainly be growing pains.

So why do it?

Why is interior design a good field to go into?

The benefits of good interior design

If you aspire to doing work that is meaningful consider this:

Impact health positively: People spend 90 percent of their time indoors.  It makes sense that people spend the majority of their time in interior environments that support, inspire and nurture them.

Life satisfaction: Thoughtful interior design can help the end user live or work better.  It even has the ability to bring people together.

Foster relationships: You have the potential to make a big difference in the lives of your clients and establish meaningful long-term relationships.

Greater personal freedom: You can totally work for yourself and build your life around a career you love.

If you value outcomes consider this:

Productivity: Good interior design is key to higher productivity in workplaces.

Sales and marketing: Interior design for retail and commercial spaces is fast becoming an integral part of company branding strategy.

Job security: As long as there are buildings, both new and those requiring renovation, there will always be a need for professionals who can design interiors to specification.

Bottom line: Interior designers who go into business for themselves (successfully) can make an excellent living.

These are just some of the reasons that you should consider going into interior design.  Well applied interior design in interiors across the usage spectrum have the power to influence people’s behavior for their better health and enjoyment.

Design on the human level

If, like me, you enjoy architecture and beautiful buildings you might appreciate that interior design is where the focus from the larger functional whole narrows down to the realm of the individual.  Done right, interior design brings the principles of good architecture to the human level where people interact with their environment. 

In cases where the architectural elements are weak or lacking in appeal, the task of the interior designer is most appreciated. Taking something and transforming it is what creatives live for and the results couldn’t be clearer.

Don’t we all love those before and afters?

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We wrap up with a rhetorical question: Who doesn’t like changing people’s lives for the better, shaping the world around them and making great money doing it?

Spoiler alert: People who don’t want to be interior designers, that’s who.

Why should you learn interior design and what’s in it for you?

What’s in it for you is knowledge that empowers you and also helps others.

So, everything.

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