Being an interior designer takes more than skill

Content image - Phnom Penh Post

Being an interior designer takes more than skill

In response to Phearun’s concern that he might not be able to financially support his family if he goes into interior design with a low income and high startup costs, Mr. Prum Sear, marketing manager and shareholder of the Komnit Design Company, has provided some meaningful suggestions.

He reassures that if Phearun is skilful in interior design, he should not worry too much about the income. If he is good at it and able to produce desirable designs for customers, he will also be paid on commission. Sometimes, interior designers can receive up to 60 per cent of the total payment as commission.

The demand is currently very high for interior designers in Cambodia. Some customers might want to completely makeover the interior of their villas that can sometimes cost upwards of thousands of dollars. For interior designers who are skilful and have a good eye will be able to design what the customer wants in combination with the technicalities. Skilled interior designers should not worry about income.

“A good design is like solving a puzzle. Sometimes you won’t know how to approach a project and some customers might not like your design idea so you’ll have to change it again and again and in the end, the customer still won’t be happy,” he added.

Prum Sear said that since Phearun’s biggest concern right now is supporting his family, he might not have the time and energy for interior design. But if he wants to practise the skills he is welcome to gain work experience in Prum Sear’s office. Some people have an eye for design and some don’t; you’ll never know until you try.

Prum Sear also advised, “In the beginning, you should not focus too much on the salary. It’s important to build up your experience and knowledge. Then, after five years or so, you can start your own design company.”

In closing, he suggested that if you can’t be creative and skilful, it would be a waste of time both to you and the company investing in you. Getting involved with ASEAN can also provide opportunities in the field of design as more hotels and buildings are being constructed. For a newbie, it can take a year or more to really get to know the career.

MOST VIEWED

  • US think tank warns of China's 'ulterior motives'

    A US think tank on Tuesday warned that spreading Chinese investment in the Indo-Pacific follows a pattern of leveraging geopolitical influence at the expense of the nations receiving investment, including Cambodia. The report looks at a sample of 15 Chinese port development projects, noting that the

  • More than three tonnes of ivory reportedly bound for Cambodia seized in Mozambique

    A total of 3.5 tonnes of ivory reportedly bound for Cambodia was seized by authorities in Mozambique late last week, according to the NGO Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). CITES' information was based on a report from the

  • Defence Ministry denies weapons in smuggling case came from Cambodia

    After a Thai national was arrested last week for allegedly smuggling guns from Cambodia to Thailand, Cambodia's Defence Ministry has claimed the weapons seized during the arrest are not used in Cambodia, despite the fact that both types of rifle seized are commonly found in

  • Shipwreck found off coast of Koh Kong

    Royal Cambodian Navy researchers are working to identify a decades-old shipwreck found earlier this month off the coast of Koh Kong province. Divers found the 70-metre-long wreck on April 4 about a mile from Koh Chhlam island, according to Navy officials. Deputy Navy Commander Tea Sokha,