June 28 2015 - Do you remember the last time you walked into a hotel and gasped? Did you
marvel at the sheer intricate beauty with which it has been designed, looking
both regal and hospitable at the same time? That doesn't happen by
accident. Every aspect of a hotel is planned meticulously by a host of interior
designers, who come together and execute functional, safe and smart
designs. If you think you have what it takes to be a hotel interior designer, go
How Can I Become a Hotel Interior Designer?
There are bachelor's degrees offered in Interior Design by most reputed
universities. You could also specialize in a particular aspect of interior design
after attaining the said degree. This is usually enough for you to get a job,
but some states may require licensure or certification, which you will need to
attain before you can start working.
What Do They Do?
Like any interior designer, a hotel interior designer will have to combine
practical calculations with aesthetic interpretations to come up with a design
for the hotel lobby, corridors or rooms. The first thing a designer does after
being hired, is consulting the client. They understand exactly what the client
needs, and then bounce ideas off the client as to how aesthetics can be
integrated into the system.
Once a basic plan is fixed, the designer has to formulate a more detailed
plan, a holistic one, which takes into consideration the style of furniture,
materials used, color schemes, placement of items and most importantly the
budgetary constraints. A designer is usually hired to manage the initial
design or the renovation of internal spaces, ranging from lighting, paints and
color schemes to furnishing, fixtures and fittings or even structural or
While a lot of it is based on intuition and aesthetics, there is definitely a
technical aspect of hotel interior design which goes unnoticed. Good
designers pay attention to both appearance and structure. A designer has to
keep every inch of space in mind, to understand what will be most suited to
fit that space. There is definitely a bit of psychology involved as well, as the
designer would have to understand which designs look more posh,
welcoming and comfortable to the guests at the hotel.
How Do They Do It?
An interior designer has been equipped with spatial analysis abilities, so
when he or she sees the space, he will be able to get a rough picture of it in
their mind. Then onwards, the collaborative discussion between him and his
client is important, as it is from there that he is able to set the goals for the
space, and understand what he will be allowed to spend. Once these
decisions are made, it is time for the next step. While most designers rely
solely on spatial sense or blueprints, real professionals have turned to CAD
or computer-aided design software. They design a three dimensional
graphical model of the space, and then bring about hypothetical
modifications to it. This way, they are able to make a precise model of the
area, and decide exactly how and where you want things, without spending a
cent. They can factor in all components like lighting, wall coverings, flooring
While most of the interior décor items can be purchased from any
mainstream store or catalog, reliable designers will always have a few
contacts in the industry who will offer discounts on their products. Interior
designers are also expected to meet up with the respective electricians,
plumbers and workmen for painting and installing fixtures and appliances.
He or she will also have to inspect and oversee the entire process as he will
be held responsible for the success or the failure of the operation. He will
have to adhere to a budget set by the client, and also finish the job by a preimposed
Designers have to stay within the budget imposed, no matter what.
However, you should never compromise on quality. There are some things,
however, which you could spend smart on and end up saving money for
other aspects. For example, the wholesale markets have a wide variety of
good looking but affordable bed linens, pillow covers, cheap towels and other
accessories. These will be more expensive if you buy them retail, but since
you are purchasing for a hotel, it makes a lot more sense to buy from
Pros and Cons of Pursuing a Career in Hotel Interior Design
Hotel Interior design is a challenging job, yet it is highly rewarding. Your work
will be looked upon by thousands of guests every month, and shall inspire
admiration in critics and laymen alike. You could also be brought in as a
consultant by the hotel in the future. It is a lucrative job too, if you are good
at it. You can start your own business, or join a reputed consultancy and
design firm as well.
However, it is an extremely demanding profession which will require you to
dedicate a lot of time into it. You will also need a certain level of
understanding and technical skill to be good at the job. You will need to have
good people skills, and communicate not only with the clients, but also with
other service providers, as personal networking is vital to this field.
Elena Gretzky is an interior designer and a lifestyle blogger who
has been in the business for ten years. Through her blog, she posts quite a
few articles on topics ranging from furniture styles to best places to buy