What is an Interior Designer?

  What, exactly, is an interior designer? There are many misconceptions about what an interior designer does and, in February of 2019, the Council for Interior Design Qualifications (CIDQ) updated its official definition of an interior designer. The CIDQ defines a designer with the following: “Interior design is a distinct profession with specialized knowledge applied to the planning and design of interior environments that promote health, safety, and welfare while supporting and enhancing the human experience.”

Every day looks a little different as an interior designer at L. Ruth Interior Design. Some days are spent only in meetings. We meet with clients for new consultations, board presentations, and progress meetings during the project. We also meet with contractors to keep them up-to-date and to make sure everyone is on the same page regarding all aspects of the project.

Other days are spent focused on design. We have brainstorming meetings in our War Room, where we like to start the design process. We select furniture, fabrics, and finished for our clients. This is one of our favorite parts as a design team. We are able to bounce ideas back and forth until we reach the best design for each client.

One of my personal favorite parts of a design project is the layout and floor-plan changes. I love using different computer programs like CAD and Revit to really bring the designs to life for a client. I think it is a part of our jobs that many people don’t realize is necessary. One of the most important things we learn as interior design students is how to use these programs.

I hope this helps you better understand what an interior designer is and gives you a little behind-the-scenes look at what we do here at L. Ruth!


Interior Designer