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Interior Finishes

Interior Finishing Specialists, Interior Decorating Courses, Interior Design Degrees


Interior finishing is an integral part of the interior design profession or, depending on your perspective; it’s the other way around.  Interior design includes learning about graphic drawing, color theory and construction technology all of which is incorporated into interior finishing.   Once you have completed the space planning process, it’s the interior finishing that turns the space into an attractive and functional working environment.    If you become an interior finishing specialist you will combine the industrial and construction components of building design with the aesthetic and functional results.  Interior finishing bridges the two portions of every project


While the design process entails a lot of work with Auto CAD and other computer programs, interior finished require extensive knowledge of the construction crafts and the building materials that are available to accomplish what the interior design calls for.  Beyond the design stage come the interior construction and detailing requiring knowledge of safety and building codes.  Students that focus on CAD architectural design will also need to learn how buildings are put together in order to develop expertise in interior finishes. 


Degrees for the Interior Finishes Profession:


Bachelors in Interior Design

Associate Degrees in CAD - Architectural Drafting

Associates in CAD - Interior Finishes

Associates in Interior Design


Salaries in the Interior Design Profession


In 2004 the median salary overall for was $40,670


Median salaries in the three largest professional areas for Interior Design were:

Architectural, engineering, and related services $44,740

Specialized design services 42,000

Furniture stores 37,750


Source: U.S. Department of Labor
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