One of the essential ingredients that make a building or a structure artistically pleasing and gives it that touch of completion is interior designing. The space arrangements, functionality, and measurements lend it a scientific tone whereas the colour scheme and designing lends it the artistic aspect.

If décor, design, and creation of consistent colour schemes are some of the things that you love, then interior designing can be the right career choice for you.

They are presently hired largely by companies, individuals, and real estate agents for the decoration of spaces like offices, bedrooms, living rooms, and so on.

If you are planning to join this line of work, certain skills are an absolute necessity. Let us take a look at what the top qualities are that you need to possess to join the ranks of the eminent personas in the interior designing industry.

The colour balancing skills: Having skills pertaining to balancing out colours is one of the most important talents in the armory of the interior designers. It is not just about getting the subtle colours to amalgamate with the vibrant ones.

It is also about making the vibrant ones aesthetically pleasing. Colours affect the moods and spatial perception and thus, intelligent use of the hues can earn the brownie points for a designer.

Efficient knowledge of technical aspects: Technical know-how has become a huge part of interior designing thanks to the advent of the new-age interior designing software.

The designing and visualisation are a lot dependent on the computers as it comes with added precision and lack of glitches.

Any distinguished designer should have at his or her disposal a variety of software as a lot of planning and visualisation is dependent on these.

Familiarity with building codes: The electrical and building codes are the two things that any interior designer worth his or her salt would be familiar with. Designing plans are only effective when the designer is well aware of the codes of construction.

If you can work in close coordination with the electricians and the plumbers, not only the job gets done quickly but also the efficiency of your designs increase manifold.

Brilliant communication skills: Any eminent designer has to work with a group of people that include vendors, clients, and others involved in the designing process.

Thus, communication skill is something that is of prime significance. Communication is also of vital importance to ensure that the work being performed is in line keeping with what the client is anticipating.

Commitment to the clients: The clients and their instructions come first to any interior designer. He or she has to mold the designs according to the requirements and wishes of the clients.

You can think of it as blending your creativity and vision with the ideas of the clients to bring out the best of the strategies to progress in terms of designing.

Knowledge about the fabrics: It would be wrong to assume that interior designing is all about designs and colours only. Fabrics form an important part as they are involved in deciding drapes for the upholsteries and windows.

The choice of fabrics depends on the type of room, nature of climate, amount of sun exposure, and so on. So, as a designer, you need to be aware of all of these facets to win the hearts of the clients with the designs.

Interior designing is one of those job arenas that are steadily rising in demand in modern times. Gone are the days when people used to manage the decoration and colour schemes all by themselves.

Now even for the simplest of projects, people look for experts. To meet the growing demand, the need of the hour is creating the designers who are of the top order in terms of their work and their skill set.

The writer is senior director, Institute of Management Studies, Noida