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30+ hrs/week
Hours needed

More than 6 months
Duration

Expert
Experience level

My office furniture company is seeking a remote designer for specifications, CAD design, renderings, and preparing quotations. Experien…

Interior Design 3D Rendering Autodesk AutoCAD Commercial Design Adobe InDesign Furniture Design Floor Plan Design
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Pet Retail Store in Chicago Hourly ‐ Posted 8 days ago

Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

3 to 6 months
Duration

Entry
Experience level

Seeking a designer to create a warm and inviting atmosphere in an open space intended to serve as a pick-up location for an e-commerce…

Interior Design Commercial Design Floor Plan Design Trade Show Design Residential Design
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Clothing Store Renovation and Consultation Hourly ‐ Posted 7 days ago

Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

1 to 3 months
Duration

Expert
Experience level

We are looking for a skilled professional to help us renovate and revamp our old clothing store. The aim is to recreate the store with…

Interior Design Web Development Commercial Design
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Project Manager- Hotel Interior Design Hourly ‐ Posted 5 days ago

30+ hrs/week
Hours needed

More than 6 months
Duration

Expert
Experience level

Job Description: We are seeking a dynamic and experienced Project Manager with a strong background in interior design, particularly in…

Interior Design Budget Management Client Management Project Management
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AI Building and Interior Design App Hourly ‐ Posted 5 days ago

Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

3 to 6 months
Duration

Expert
Experience level

We are looking for a skilled AI developer who can build an app that uses artificial intelligence to suggest building designs and interi…

Interior Design Adobe InDesign Illustration Adobe Illustrator Adobe Photoshop
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Luxe furniture designer and engineer Hourly ‐ Posted 8 days ago

30+ hrs/week
Hours needed

More than 6 months
Duration

Intermediate
Experience level

I am seeking an experienced and competent furniture designer and engineer with whom we can collaborate with to assist us in the design…

Interior Design Furniture Design
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Hours needed

Less than 1 month
Duration

Intermediate
Experience level

Our company has been in business for over 20 years providing engineering and manufacturing services to support critical component indus…

Interior Design Commercial Design Concept Design Floor Plan Design Industrial Design
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3D Interior Design Scene and Shop Drawings Fixed-price ‐ Posted 7 days ago

$100
Fixed-price

Intermediate
Experience level

We are looking for a skilled individual to assist us in creating three-dimensional interior design scenes and two-dimensional shop draw…

Interior Design 3D Rendering 3D Modeling 3D Design Autodesk AutoCAD
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$500
Fixed-price

Intermediate
Experience level

This is for a large residential painting company. The company specializes in higher end residential painting. We are putting together…

Interior Design Color & Trim Design Residential Design
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$12
Fixed-price

Expert
Experience level

We are seeking an experienced interior designer to create a one-of-a-kind co-working space in Jaipur. The ideal candidate will have a k…

Interior Design 3D Design 3D Rendering SketchUp Residential Design
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Interior Designers on Upwork
can earn $15–$28/hr.
Learn more below about how you can earn a career on the world’s work marketplace.
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How to Become a Freelance Interior Designer

Interior designers make indoor spaces like buildings, offices, and homes safe, functional, and inviting. Designers ensure these spaces are aesthetically pleasing, making them more enjoyable for everyone who uses the buildings.

To accomplish this, interior designers work with painting, color palette combinations, fabric selections, lighting, and multiple other design elements. Interior designers often work during a building’s new construction and renovation phases to help plan out a space with desirable aesthetics.

What does a freelance interior designer do?

Interior designers develop design plans for the inside structures of spaces. A design consultant might work with several different types of interior spaces, including homes, offices, chapels, and more.

Designers may review a set of blueprints and make suggestions to make the space more livable and functional. They may also tour existing spaces and create suggestions for improvement. Then, they will often use design software to create project plans outlining everything from fabric selection to furniture positioning. As they plan out these spaces, they take into account the client’s needs and tastes to create a room or entire building with the desired overall effect.

What skills do I need to become an interior designer?

Interior designers should be familiar with design fundamentals such as color pairings, fabric choices, professional layout, commercial space optimization, Computer-Aided Design, design theory, and color psychology. These interior decorators often benefit from studying cross-cultural design concepts, such as minimalism, maximalism, and Feng Shui.

There are degree requirements for becoming an interior designer in some states. On Upwork, you may work as a designer with only a high school degree, though some clients may prefer or request a freelancer who has an associate degree or a bachelor’s degree in a related field. Some clients value relevant work experience over degrees. A master’s degree program isn’t required, but for advanced interior design projects, it would help your chances of landing a design job.

Freelance interior designers should possess some core skills:

  • Understanding of branding principles through the use of color, fabric, and ambiance
  • Knowledge of building codes
  • Fundamental understanding of color pairing and color psychology
  • Functional knowledge of multiple design philosophies, such as Feng Shui and minimalism
  • Ability to conduct and analyze market research
  • Proficiency with creating and adhering to budgets in Excel, Google Sheets, or both
  • Functional understanding of procurement and sourcing best practices when working on a bespoke basis
  • Strong communication skills—both verbal and written
  • Strong project management skills
  • Knowledge of and familiarity with interior design and graphic design programs, including SketchUp
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills

Should I get an Interior Design Certification?

Interior design certifications demonstrate your competency in certain areas of the interior design industry. They can help to build a client’s trust in your knowledge and experience. Regularly pursuing certifications during your career can help to keep your skills up-to-date and make you more competitive. Some certifications and degrees actually have continued professional education (CPE) requirements.

Certain popular interior designer certifications may help you to stand out on Upwork:

  • Interior Design Continuing Education Council
  • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
  • National Council for Interior Design Qualification
  • Council for Interior Design Accreditation

While these certifications can help to increase client trust in your skills, it’s also important to simultaneously develop your skills and your portfolio.

What are the job responsibilities of an interior designer?

Clients often expect interior designers to manage multiple elements of a project, including the project’s schedule and budget. Clients may or may not want to be involved in specific design choices, so interior designers will need to be somewhat flexible depending on a job’s requirements.

Interior designers are also tasked with frequent and clear communication. This starts with communicating with clients at the start of a project to understand their wants and needs. Communication is also key in setting client expectations before beginning a project.

Most interior designers should be prepared to handle essential core tasks:

  • Monitor emerging and upcoming design trends
  • Prepare budgets and samplings for clients to review as needed
  • Discuss client expectations and know when they want to be contacted
  • Manage daily tasks without interfacing with the client unless they request otherwise
  • Employ design methods and styles that resonate with the client and their business
  • Employ CAD solutions to create functional models to present alongside other proposals, such as budgets
  • Create itemized lists of tasks and materials
  • Procure and deploy contractors to carry out construction work
  • Procure materials, furniture, and fixtures in accordance with client expectations
  • Troubleshoot problems and discuss necessary project changes with the client

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