Interior designers and interior decorators (NOC 5242)

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Interior Designer 

Interior designers:

  • come up with ideas and produce artistic, practical and safe designs for interior spaces in residential, commercial, cultural, institutional and industrial buildings
  • work for architectural firms, interior design firms, retail establishments, construction companies, hospitals, airlines, hotel and restaurant chains, and other establishments
  • may be self-employed
Common job titles
  • consultant, home decorating
  • designer, kitchen
  • interior decorating / home decorating
  • interior design consultant
  • interior designer - aircraft
  • interior designer - certified / licensed


Interior designers:

  • speak with clients to find out their needs, preferences, safety requirements and purpose of space
  • develop detailed plans and 3-D models showing arrangement of walls, dividers, displays, lighting and other fixtures using computer-assisted design (CAD) software and graphics software
  • develop plans, elevations, cross sections and detailed drawings
  • advise on selection of colours, finishes and materials, floor and wall coverings, interior and exterior lighting, furniture and other items, taking into account physical comfort and efficiency and occupational health standards
  • estimate costs and materials
  • prepare plans for the final interior designs according to current practices and codes
  • work in an environment that includes several areas of expertise
  • may direct site work crews and subcontractors

Special duties

Interior designers may specialize in designing interiors for residential, commercial, institutional, cultural and industrial buildings and for aircraft, ships or trains, trade shows and exhibitions.

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work takes place in a conventional indoor setting.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

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