Interior Decorator

As an interior decorator, you plan the interior design of commercial or residential premises and arrange for decorating work to be done.  You may be able to run your own business



  • Creativity 
  • Working with others 
  • Variety 

A typical day may involve:

  • discussing design ideas and advising clients
  • planning and designing whole building interiors, rooms, shops, residential and leisure spaces
  • planning interior infrastructure such as lighting, air-conditioning and communication cabling
  • preparing drawings, samples and decorating instructions
  • advising on hiring trades
  • designing furniture or fittings
  • working with architects and other contractors at the early stages of designing an interior space
  • keeping up to date with trends and legal requirements in interior design

It helps to be good at:

  • managing projects
  • design
  • communicating clearly
  • keeping things organised
  • working calmly under pressure

Qualifications/pathway options:

  • Cert III Interior Decoration Retail Services


  • Cert IV in Interior Decoration 

You may be able to work in:

  • Construction
  • Retail 
  •  Design

Related Roles

  • Architect

  • Interior Designer 

  • Architectural Draftsperson (building design)


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