Interior decorating as a career comes naturally to people who have the talent for it, but is also an acquired skill. Like any creative field, there are people who are better at it than others. That’s to be expected. If you want to be an interior decorator, though, don’t assume that you have to be ‘born that way.’ You can learn to be a pro, even if you’re not naturally inclined to pair color and texture the way a designer does. Dedication and hard work can go a long way, even when something doesn’t seem to come naturally.
Acquiring Interior Decorating Skills
There are decorating and design schools around the world, but they can be difficult to get into. Some of them are much more accepting of students who simply want to learn, while others look for people who have a lot of talent and only accept those whose really speak for themselves.
That’s something to keep in mind as you pursue your dreams of being a decorator. You may have to choose a school that isn’t your first selection because of entrance requirements and also because of financial considerations. Many decorating and design schools can be quite expensive.
Another consideration when looking for ways to acquire your decorating skills is to apprentice with someone. If there arein your area, get to know them. Find out if they take on apprentices who want to learn the trade. You could even offer to volunteer, so the decorator wouldn’t be paying for anything out of pocket.
If you’re kind, persistent, honest, and helpful, you’ll have a much better chance of someone being willing to give you a try, even if your decorating skills are lacking. You’ll get better with time, and may even be hired by the decorator you’ve volunteered with. Getting your foot in the door is important.
What if You’re a Natural?
If you’re a natural at decorating, you might think that the world is your oyster. That’s not completely true, though, because you still have to prove yourself and you still have to get hired – or strike out on your own and build a business with your skills. A lot of people dream about being their own boss, but it takes more than skill at what you’re selling to stay successful.
You also have to remember that:
* People might not take a chance on you if they don’t know your name or work.
* Some people want only a designer or decorator who’s been to school.
* Not everyone will love your sense of style, and you must be able to conform.
* Moving to where there is a larger market can help, but gives you more competition.
* You still have to learn, grow, and keep up with trends.
Being a natural at something can offer huge initial advantages. If you aren’t a natural, you can still follow your dreams and get where you want to be in life. It may take more work, but you can end up just as good as someone who can decorate naturally.
Elysabeth Teeko is a lover of technology, interior decorating and design. She’s recently started blogging about these interests, and you can follow her on Twitter