How to become an Interior Decorator

Interior decorators plan and implement decoration schemes for homes, offices, shops, hotels and venues.

Personal requirements of a Interior Decorator

  • Creativity
  • Good understanding of colour
  • Able to promote ideas
  • Awareness of fashion and design trends
  • Able to interact well with a variety of people

Education & Training for a Interior Decorator

You can work as an interior decorator without formal qualifications, but employers usually require Year 10. You will probably get some informal training on the job. Entry to this occupation may be improved if you have qualifications. You may like to consider a VET qualification. Applicants may be required to attend an interview and/or submit a folio of work. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information.

Duties & Tasks of a Interior Decorator

Interior decorators:

  • advise clients on the selection of colour schemes, layout, lighting, furniture, floor coverings, curtains, paint, wallpaper and hardware products (such as curtain fittings)
  • visit clients' premises to look at existing conditions and make measurements
  • provide sketch designs, specifications and cost estimates to the client for approval
  • supervise and coordinate the installation and arrangement of furniture and furnishings
  • undertake direct selling if working in a retail shop.

Working conditions for a Interior Decorator

Interior decorators may have to work extended or irregular hours to meet clients' needs.

Employment Opportunities for a Interior Decorator

Interior decorators work as retail decorator consultants, freelance decorators, consultants and managers with large department outlets, architectural support staff, colour scheme coordinators, retail sales assistants and decorators for the wholesale sector of the profession. Some experienced decorators establish their own businesses. Competition for employment as an interior decorator is very strong. A good deal of training takes place on the job and, as with other artistic areas, those who can demonstrate a high degree of talent and flair are more likely to gain employment.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

Very strong

Employment by state:

ACT 1.4%

NSW 32.6%

NT 0.8%

QLD 19.2%

SA 8.1%

TAS 2.4%

VIC 24.5%

WA 11.1%

Hours worked:



Lower unemployment

Gender split:

Male 61%

Female 39%

Education level:

Not completed Year 12: 22.5%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 19.5%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 34.9%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 15.4%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 12.5%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 2.9%

Age brackets:

15-19 - 0.1%

20-24 - 6.1%

25-34 - 26.8%

35-44 - 22.6%

45-54 - 19.5%

55-59 - 8.2%

60-64 - 7.1%

65 and Over - 9.5%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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