Train your eye to pick up on details instantly
A good interior designer has a natural talent for picking up what is right with the room, which stuff looks out of place and what needs to be altered to change the current look. No matter how good you are (instinctively), it is only honing these skills will make you better. Whenever you walk into a room from now on, just observe what you like, what you would change and how you would improve its beauty. Start the practice for now in your own mind. Flip through magazines and the internet for more new ideas.
Obtain an appropriate degree or certification to get started
While this is not a must, if you are setting big goals and wish to go completely professional in interior decorating, then this is a must. The education will not only polish your existing talent, but it will open your mind up to new ideas, past designing trends and latest in the world of style. Certification can be obtained at various skill levels depending on the goals you have set for yourself. Start modest and soon you can aim for the peak. A degree in this regard will also help you get a job at a designing firm.
You will need to study a lot beyond what meets the eye
Decorating a home not only means understanding style, elegance and looks but also materials, their respective nature and how well they fit into the given atmosphere. For this, one must take a look at stuff like the toxicity and flammability of materials apart from their nature of wear and tear and how they interact with different climate conditions. When it comes to setting a house in place, functionality is as much an issue as form.
Get lots of practice- even if it pays nothing
Like in every other profession on the planet, practice is the difference between success and failure. No matter how good you are, you will not understand many practical hassles unless you get down and get things done across the home. Keep altering your own home constantly and also decorate the homes of your friends and relatives - even if it does not pay a dime. There will come a day when all this ‘free work’ will pay off in a big way.