How to study interior design in India
It may seem that all you need to be a good interior designer is a sense of aesthetics and a flair for design. That is a good start, yes, but it gets you about five feet forward in terms of your career. The first thing to do is to turn a latent, in-born talent into an effective tool. Merely being able to figure out what looks nice and what doesn’t does not make you a good designer or decorator. You might know how to use light and colour, how to synthesise architectural elements with design details and how to integrate space and design, but that is just one aspect. Most of the real work begins when you come to the planning and execution.
Some formal education in the basic concepts of interior design is absolutely essential. There are many interior design schools that offer a foundation course, and most of them are diplomas, but they are all very elementary in terms of the knowledge and the skills they provide you with. You could pursue a full-fledged interior design course at a reputed institute, in India or abroad, preferably one with accreditation; and apprentice with a professional or learn by working with someone who is a storehouse of talent.
Work with the best — work for free if you have to, because it will be worth it. But regardless of where you get the education and for how long, the one thing an interior designer must always remember is that one is a lifelong student.
Every day gives you an opportunity to learn something new about the trade and explore another aspect of its limitless potential.
If you have an eye for design, make sure that it is turned into an artful skill, by practising at every opportunity. Read everything you can, observe design aspects wherever you go, make mental notes and, if possible, keep a journal with points you pick up along the way. There is no substitute for hands-on experience, so get into it as early as possible.
If you aren’t paid for it, don’t worry. Learn all you can and explore every opportunity to test your know-how, because it will tell you all you don’t-know-how-to. Use your home and any space that is offered to you as a guinea pig. Work out your concepts and present your vision. Explore the dimensions of your own creativity before you ask others to entrust their money, time and space to you.