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10 Unexpected Spaces Needing Decor

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When you think of interior decorating, you probably pictures beautiful homes with beautiful rooms. But, have you ever stopped to consider what else an interior decorator might decorate? While homes are likely going to be the most common project booked by a decorator, there are many other options – some of which can be incredibly lucrative. Below, we share our list of 10 Unexpected Spaces Needing Decor. We hope you find it helpful in stirring up your imagination, creativity, and revving your passion for design.

1. Fitness Studio
A fitness studio is a place of motivation, self-empowerment, and sometimes even serenity. Picture your gym, or the gym in a hotel you’ve once visited. They’re usually more than a bunch of equipment in a room with white walls, no carpet, and dim lighting. Fitness studios regularly contract the help of interior decorators to create a space in which people want to work out, socialize, and stay for a while. After all, that’s how gyms make their money, right? Fitness studios need to take into consideration color psychology to keep their patrons motivated, floors that are both attractive and easy on patrons’ feet, lighting that keeps hazards such as cords or moving equipment visible while keeping those working out energized, and design elements that represent strength, endurance, and energy.

2. Conference Room
A conference room is where professionals go to discuss, collaborate, plan, and strategize. Sometimes, a company will book out a local conference room for a larger-scale meeting. Sometimes, a conference room will be used by traveling business professionals to do a presentation or regroup with their peers. Whatever its purpose, a conference room calls out for decor and design. Conference rooms need to have a specific layout, color scheme, and lighting in order to make people feel comfortable, encourage discussion, and keep everyone in the room awake and attentive. Who better to help achieve these goals than an interior decorator?

3. Hotel Room
A hotel room should do a few different things. It should be a place of romance, tranquility, restfulness, and should also exemplify the style and personality of the hotel itself. Hotels charge much more for well-decorated, well-designed rooms… and what hotel doesn’t want to be able to charge more for its rooms? An interior decorator is often very involved in the room design within hotels. Whether it’s color psychology, furniture selection, fabric and textile selection, or art procurement – there’s a need for a decorator.

4. Restaurant
As I am sure you’re well aware, restaurants are much more than places to eat. It’s not uncommon for a hip and trendy restaurant to charge a lot of money for plates with tiny portions, or for drinks to be $10 or more. Have you ever wondered why certain restaurants charge so much more than others, when the food quality is often very similar? Sometimes, it’s because there’s a certain chef who is well known or has spectacular achievements. Other times, it’s because the food is renowned or has won awards. Most of the time, it’s because of the restaurant’s decor and ambiance. Restaurants will decorate according to the mood they wish to set and the sort of clientele they’re hoping to attract. The restaurant industry is all about presentation, so consider reaching out to local restaurants in need of a design refresher if you’re looking to take on a well-paying project.

5. Spa
If you’ve ever been to a spa or seen one on TV, you likely know they are supposed to be extremely calming, relaxing, warm, and inviting. This doesn’t happen through service alone however! Decor is absolutely integral to the success of a spa and the happiness and satisfaction of its clientele. No one wants to get a massage in a dark, dingy looking room. They’d prefer something serene with off-white walls, natural lighting, flickering candles, warm tiled floors, and elements pulled from nature like plants or water music. These types of elements are all chosen by a decorator.

6. Office
Both large and small corporate offices rely heavily on decor to keep their employees motivated, encourage the most productivity possible, and to look professional. Think of a consulting firm that often has clients coming in for meetings. They probably don’t want the first impression given to the client to be old, worn down carpet or yellowed walls. The lighting probably shouldn’t be fluorescent yellow, and the furniture shouldn’t look like it’s been around since the 50s (and I don’t mean in a trendy way!). The environment in which employees work says a huge amount about a business, and this is where you come in. From wall color and flooring to lighting, furniture selection and layout – many offices don’t know what they’re missing without an interior decorator’s trained eye.

7. Hotel Lobby
Just as hotels want to have good-looking hotel rooms, their pride and joy is usually their front lobby. This is where the most business happens, the most time is spent waiting, and customers first interact with the hotel and its staff. A dirty looking lobby may give clients the idea the hotel room will be even dirtier, since the lobby should be the best-looking part of a hotel. While there are always exceptions, the lobby is generally how the hotel puts its best foot forward. An interior decorator is usually consulted to find attractive furniture, determine placement, consult on art and wall color, and to help the hotel really sell itself.

8. Bar, Lounge or Club
Much like a restaurant, a bar or lounge wants to give off a certain vibe and set a certain mood. Typically, it’s the mood of mystery, romance, and energy. This is often done through dark colors, luxurious woods, and ambient lighting. Who better to help choose these design elements than a trained interior decorator? Help a club fill its space and keep people there all night long through the use of your decor skills. Help a lounge encourage lots of free-flowing conversation, mixing and mingling, and plenty of drink and app purchases. Bars, lounges and clubs are some of the most lucrative entertainment business types – so reach out and take advantage.

9. Banquet Hall
Banquet halls, whether they be at country clubs or stand-alone buildings, are a source of much income for those in the event and wedding planning industry. A banquet hall is going to book more frequently and for more money when it looks the most attractive, so why not leverage this type of opportunity by offering your design skills? Whether you ask for a percentage of bookings or a flat fee, it’s likely the banquet hall will want to work with you if it means it will be able to increase its profit and minimize the number of days spent empty throughout the year.

10. Art Gallery
An art gallery should really act as a stage for a display or presentation, but that doesn’t mean it should plain. Art galleries are known to be well-lit, modern, fresh and clean. This calls for a decorator! From helping to choose the right kind of lighting to best showcase each work of art, to accessorizing the space with vases, rugs, or other decor aspects – there’s plenty of opportunity to make a little extra income without having to do a complete overhaul.


To learn more about interior decorating, visit QC Design School’s website and read through the Interior Decorating course pages. All courses come complete with full business training, including templates and worksheets.