Green Interior Designer

Fit out interior spaces with eco-friendly furnishings.

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Salary Range
$26,000 – $85,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Green Interior Designers do?

A Green Interior Designer is an Interior Designer who specializes not only in form but also in function. While many Interior Designers make spaces look good, Green Interior Designers make them both look good and do good—for people as well as for the planet. That’s because you focus on creating and decorating rooms that rely on environmentally sustainable materials and practices.

Like traditional Interior Designers, you first choose colors, shapes, sizes, and textures to “dress” up the insides of rooms. Next, you execute your creative vision by designing space plans, hiring Contractors, shopping for furnishings, and physically decorating unfinished spaces. Because you’re a Green Interior Designer, however, you also engage in environmental problem solving. That’s where the “green” comes in, as your niche is choosing environmentally friendly materials and incorporating energy-efficient design elements.

In your toolbox, for instance, are energy-efficient appliances, lighting, plumbing, windows, and doors, as well as low- and no-VOC paints, stains, and dyes. You also use recycled, reclaimed, and repurposed wood, tile, and furniture, as well as organic-fiber textiles and upholstery. In addition, you promote green “strategies” such as daylighting and rainwater harvesting.

Most interior design is pretty. Because it lowers utility bills, reduces waste, and improves indoor air quality, however, your interior design is also powerful!

Should I be a Green Interior Designer?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.
  • Outside the Box Thinker: Your creative brainpower gets a workout as you come up with innovative ideas.

  • Also known as: Eco Friendly Interior Designer

    How to become a Green Interior Designer

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