Interior Design Online Portfolio

In the fast-paced digital age world, an interior designer needs a portfolio that can keep up with the pace. With an interior design online portfolio, you can adjust and customize your folio to adapt to new trends.

It’s a given that all designers need a solid portfolio. But trends come and go, and it’s important for interior designers to always keep an ear to the ground and be ready to adapt.

This is why it’s essential for interior designers to invest in a portfolio website. A bound book needs to be physically replaced, but an interior design online portfolio can be altered anytime – even on your phone! This means that even with the changing tides, you're always capable of going with the flow.

In this guide, we’ll help you learn what it takes to build an online portfolio for interior decorating. Here, you'll find tips for building the perfect interior design portfolio, plus examples of websites you can turn to for inspiration.

Tips for Building the Perfect Interior Design Portfolio

Don't have enough work experience to include 20 to 30 projects? Here are three ways you can build a solid design portfolio.

Don't Be Shy about School Projects

If you're fresh out of college, clients will understand if your portfolio is filled with designs made for school. With that in mind, if you are still a student, be sure to keep your portfolio in mind when you're tackling a project. Do your best in all your school projects and you'll build up a portfolio of impressive designs in no time.

Start at Home

How do you build a portfolio without having had any clients yet? Consider doing a home makeover in your own house or apartment and documenting the entire process for your portfolio. It's a great way to practice without the risk of wasting a client's time and money! Plus, if you're unhappy with the result, no one would ever know, right? You can just start over again!

Get Help from Friends and Family

Once you gain some confidence, you can contact friends and family to offer your design services. Start out small, offering to do something like a bathroom or a kitchen renovation first. If they're happy with your work, you can offer to do more around their house!

Work Samples Vs Online Portfolios

Work samples, also known as design sheets, provide clients with a short preview of your best work. These are usually two to four printed out pages showcasing just a few examples from your larger portfolio. Each page can be dedicated to a specific design practice. For example, you can dedicate one page to furniture, another one to fixtures, and a third to styling.

An online portfolio, on the other hand, is a more comprehensive display of your body of work. While a portfolio is longer (it should include about 10 to 15 projects), it shouldn't include every single project—just the ones that exemplify your brand and vision. In a portfolio, you can go into the ins and outs of each project, from the brief to the challenges you faced to the solutions you came up with.

While a work sample is more of a visual aid to help clients understand what your work is like, a portfolio tells that story in full detail.

Interior Design Portfolio Website Examples

Don't know where to start? Here are three interior design portfolios made with Format that you can look at to understand how to layout and edit your own website.

Carlos Mota. A creative consultant with experience in design, styling, and ad campaigns, Mota has an eye for bold design choices. Mota's site uses the vertical scrolling Amazon template and organizes pages by design practice: styling, interiors, flowers, and set and props.

Cameron MacNeil. Using one of the best templates for design-related folios, MacNeil's site is set to the horizontal-scrolling Horizon Left. This template gives design practitioners a handy left-hand menu sidebar for easy navigation, and a large scrolling gallery to present key designs in the folio. MacNeil does a neat trick of using video rather than text captions to invite viewers into his projects.

Mathilda Clar. With the Mica template, Clar presents her designs in a vertical scrolling template like Mota. However, she does something clever here—by interspersing photos of textures, texts about her design philosophy, fine details, and even press appearances, we instantly get a very clear idea of Clar from the homepage alone.

Interior Design Portfolio FAQs

These are the five most frequently asked questions about building an interior design folio.

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No matter what design practice you specialize in, Format can help bring your portfolio to life. It's a website builder that lets you easily customize your portfolio on-the-go, and gives you the power to share your work with clients around the world. Sign up to Format now and get a free 14-day trial. Afterwards, you can keep using Format for just $7 a month. 

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