The Sims 4: Dream Home Decorator game package poses Interior designer career. Finally, Sims are able to play a more active role in shaping their homes – and since most Sims players have been in the role of architect and interior designer for years, it’s a way to combine the two main game styles for the first time in this generation of this series.
- About the career of a decorator in The Sims 4
- How to start your career as an interior decorator in The Sims 4
- Interior design concerts in The Sims 4
- Performance and reputation
About the career of a decorator in The Sims 4
A career as an interior decorator is a profession or an active career in The Sims 4 (similar to a career added to the Get to Work and Get Famous expansions). This means that you have the opportunity to accompany your Sims to their workplace and control their actions throughout the working day. It also means that there are no branching career paths: instead, all interior decorators proceed through the same ten levels of promotion.
It is currently unknown which Discover University titles will help your Sim climb climbing decorators. However, my money is on art history because it is the only one that combines visual design and communication skills. We know you need both for this career. I will definitely check it and confirm it one way or another, as soon as I know for sure.
How to start your career as an interior decorator in The Sims 4
To get involved in a career as an interior decorator, use your Sim’s phone and go to Careers> Find a job> Professions (optional filter). Scroll down until you see Interior Decorator, then click the check box to accept the task.
Here, however, things are a little different. Career Interior Decorator works somewhere halfway between the classic profession (as a doctor, scientist or detective) and one of the freelance professions that have been added to The Sims 4 through various update fixes and DLCs over the years.
Instead of being assigned a work schedule because the days off and shift patterns have been decided for you, you need to look for concerts for your Sim and manage their time without this structure. If you’ve already played Get Famous, this style of play will be familiar to you because it’s shared with your acting career.
On your Sim’s career panel, there is a button in the upper right corner with a clipboard icon inside. Click on this to see a list of available concerts.
You can filter this list for residential or commercial projects as well as for concerts that require another building or just interior renovation.
At first you will have nothing to choose from. (Unlike your acting career, for example), however, you’ll see gray options that are locked out due to your current experience and reputation.
You will also be able to see the client’s name, the type of renovation they want, their budget and a brief description of the goal (ie “Amazing living room renovation”). There is also a possible payout of your Sim, its start date and completion date.
Simply click on a concert in the panel to attend.
Interior design concerts in The Sims 4
Once you receive the concert, it will be added to your Career panel. Note that, like all careers in The Sims 4, you can only have one active concert at a time.
All concerts have a start time and a completion date. For interior decorators, all concerts last 12 hours in a game, starting at 9:00 and 21:00 on the same day. During an active working day, the timer can be extended once to take a few extra hours, but the second end time is a difficult deadline with no room for negotiation.
Like other active professions (and a freelance career at Paranormal Investigator), you will have a choice at the beginning of the concert: accompany your Sim to work or send him yourself. If you do, your Sim will get off the screen on a normal working day – they still gain experience and bring home the same pay, even though I’ve found it impossible to get a promotion when you send a professional Sim to work on your own.
In addition, the clear point of the entire career of interior decorators is the micro-administration of players. The only reason not to accompany them is the fact that you have another active professional Sim in the same household, who requires your attention.
When you arrive at the client’s location, you can revisit the Career tab to view the Tasks checklist. Everyone who has previously played with active professions, the freelance profession The Sims 4 or the strange works of Island Living will know this again. These are the tasks you need to do before the concert can be considered complete.
However, it is necessary to keep in mind a few other considerations about interior decorators that have to do with the client.
Below the details of the concert and above your checklist of tasks, another section is completely new in the career of an interior decorator: the Client section.
First, it shows three circles with question marks. If you want to reconstruct the concert in the highest quality, you should talk to the client to fill these circles with his likes and dislikes.
Using Get to Know interaction is a good way to build a relationship, but be sure to ask directly about their favorite colors and design styles. It is also good to ask about their hobbies, because the client will respond to subjects that are related to the skills they like (or don’t like) to practice.
The client will also tell you a few things he doesn’t like, so avoid them or risk lowering your score for the concert.
Which neatly brings us to another aspect of client management: Reveal. It is an interaction used by an interior decorator, who presents her work to the client in the style of a reality show. Their response will not only be based on how well you have met their requirements, but will be strongly influenced by their likes and dislikes.
If you complete your Gig assignments on time, you will probably see that your career performance will increase. However, do not reject client preferences as they may affect your reputation.
Performance and reputation
There is one career function that is so far unique to interior decorators: the second progress bar.
For each subsequent career in The Sims 4 (and of course in most Sims before it) you have a performance indicator that measures your progress. High performance means that promotion is on the horizon, while poor performance can mean lowering the level or even firing directly if you don’t take steps to improve it.
Interior decorators still measure their performance, but they also have to manage their reputation. This is completely separate from the social reputation system introduced in Get Famous and only concerns how well they are considered professionals.
The key difference here is that there is some room for “losing” certain concert requirements – negatively affecting your performance – and in fact improving your reputation. A good example would be to exceed the budget a bit, but to create something that the client responds to really well. If they decide that you have spent the few thousand extra Simoleons, the results were justified, they sing your praises, even if you did not completely hit the specifications.
On the contrary, you fail to dislike a client and run the risk of hitting your reputation, even if your performance was perfect on paper.
Obviously, in an ideal world, you will stick to the description and please the client to make both lanes grow – but anyone who has done creative work for clients will certainly be concerned with compromise.