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Interior Design

Interior designers plan the space and furnish the interiors of private homes, public buildings, and commercial or institutional establishments, such as offices, restaurants, hospitals, hotels, and theaters. They work with clients and architects to find individual and architectural requirements and preferences. They help choose carpeting, wall coverings, draperies, furniture, lighting fixtures, and other furnishings.

They submit drawings and illustrations of space layouts, lighting/electrical plans, furniture plans, color schemes, material requirements, and cost estimates to the client for approval and may purchase the furnishings for the client and arrange with the subcontractors to install them in the home or building.

Career Opportunities

Related Skills

Hiring Institutions

  • Airlines/Auto Manufacturers
  • Architectural/Engineering Firms
  • Corporations
  • Home Furnishing Store
  • Interior Design Firms
  • Kitchen and Bath Design Firms
  • Furnishing Manufacturers & Distributors
  • Government Agencies
  • Libraries/Museums
  • Medical Facilities
  • Office Furniture Suppliers
  • Religious Facilities
  • Freelance/Self-employed

Career Paths of Recent Graduates

Related Websites

OU Department of Interior Design
American Society of Interior Designers
Interior Design Society
International Interior Design Society Association
National Home Furnishings Association
Industrial Designers Society of America
Occupational Outlook Handbook