An interior consultant for homes accept projects that entail beautifying and modifying interiors of homes and offices without compromising on functionality of the space. You typically gain the experience needed to be an independent consultant by working for an interior designer and learning the practical aspects the field requires. Some of these aspects are planning, styling, budgeting and marketing to name a few. It is important to understand the basics and as well as have in-depth knowledge in the niche that you want to consult in. Knowledge in management and networking are the two factors that will attract clients to you apart from the quality of the work of course. Here are some initial steps you can take to become an interior consultant.
Learn the Fundamentals
The first approach to being a consultant in interior design is to follow a course, diploma or program in a college or arts school that will give you the fundamentals of the field. In addition to the formal education that you get, you can learn a lot from other resources by reading material online, magazines, in the local library and visiting museums and expos. There are a lot of variations, material that you will learn through these mediums before you start working. For example; you will learn how to use light and colour in order to achieve the desired look for the space. Moreover, you need to understand how space planning works by understanding how to best make use of walls, windows, floors and ceilings in your work design. A home consists of many rooms so it is important to make sure all these rooms look cohesive to make everything look whole. For example there are verandahs in Australia that need to be considered when decorating a home.
Apply For Work Experience or an Internship
After the formal education, the next step is to gain hands-on experience on the whole process. This is the best way you can get experience on how to budget projects. This involves hiring painters, carpenters and other professionals including purchasing various materials and of course billing your own work hours. Secondly, interacting with clients directly will give you the first glimpse of what they want. This will help you listen more to their needs, systematically review designs and budget projects so that both parties are in agreement. Eventually, you will create a network of clients, suppliers and colleagues that you can rely on once you start on your own. Moreover, you will soon identify what niche you would want to work in.
Build Your Own Portfolio
This is a journey in which you must document each and every project that you take part in. This is the only way you will be able to show the processes and the quality of your work when clients request for testimonials. Your portfolio is essentially your marketing tool to portray what you are capable of doing to potential clients. You will find opportunities to expand your client base through various trade shows, networking and social media.