Job type

Interior designer

£18k - £45k

Typical salary

40 – 42

Hours per week

Interior designers plan and supervise the design and decoration of the inside of buildings.

More info

  • Create interior designs for your clients based on their tastes, needs, and budget
  • You'll normally be based in a studio, but also spend time visiting clients and sites
  • Option to move into related work like theatre set design, visual merchandising, or exhibition design

An interior designer uses creativity, artistic flair and innovation to create new interior spaces that are approved by their clients.


  • Meet clients to discuss their requirements and ideas
  • Develop designs to suit clients' needs, their budget, and the type of building
  • Prepare initial sketches and mood boards for the client to approve
  • Advise on colour schemes, fabrics, fittings and furniture
  • Work out costs and preparing estimates
  • Create detailed drawings from the initial sketches (usually on a computer)
  • Find fittings, furniture, fabrics, and wall and floor coverings


You could work in an office, from home, in a creative studio or at a client's business.

You'll need

This role requires design skills and knowledge of building and construction, thoroughness and attention to detail, customer service skills, the ability to come up with new ways of doing things, to work well with others, use your initiative and accept criticism.

You could take a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in a relevant subject like interior design, art and design, interior architecture, or spatial design.

You could also do a furniture design technician advanced apprenticeship to get into interior design.

You could also take a level 3 college course in Interior Design or Art and Design for this job.

You can begin work as a design assistant and work your way up, taking further training and qualifications on the job.


With experience, you could move into related work like theatre set design, visual merchandising, or exhibition design.