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Must Have Tools for Interior Designer

toolsFollowing is a list of some of the supplies and/or tools you will need:

  • Paint chip fan deck (a master paint sampler with hundreds of shades)
  • Color wheel
  • Manufacturers catalogs
  • Paper (including both plain white paper and graph paper)
  • Notepad
  • Pencils (with erasers)
  • Pens
  • Measuring tapes – both a good firm metal one (at least 25′ long) with a lock on it and a soft flexible cloth one
  • Rulers (including a scale ruler and a straight edge)
  • Calculator
  • Furniture templates
  • Fabric swatches
  • Sample floor coverings

Ideally, you should keep these “decorating tools” in a briefcase (your “decorating kit”) that you take with you each time you are working whether you are going to a furniture store, a client’s home or a showroom.

(You will borrow fabric swatches and floor coverings samples from wholesalers on an as-needed basis to show clients for consultations or once you’ve been hired, so these items will change from client to client.)

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