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Interior Designer vs. Interior Decorator. What is the Difference?

Interior Designer vs. Interior Decorator. What's the difference

I feel like there has been a great debate about these two professions for a very long time. I remember getting into a heated discussion with someone about the differences and similarities, but they still insisted on calling me an interior decorator. (Jerk! Sorry, I should probably be more professional than that huh…)

Anyhow, I’ve discussed this topic with other Interior Designers and the consensus was that we spend thousands on our education, have to learn the basics of architecture and spend even more money on certifications and association fees. I think we earned that title.

There is nothing wrong with being an Interior Decorator but please do not call me one. I have worked with Interior Decorators who specialize in Feng Shui, Color or Window treatments and they understood that our professions were similar yet different in many ways.

I found this explanation on Apartment Therapy and I think this is one of the best definitions without hating on any one profession. They are both awesome ways to express your creativity and make a living doing what you love.

Many people use the terms “interior design” and “interior decorating” interchangeably, but these professions differ in critical ways.

  • An interior designer is usually involved with a building project from the beginning, perhaps even working with the architect. His job is to help create functional interior space by understanding how the inhabitants will use each room. He may consider light, sound and other design aspects but is also well versed in building codes and structural considerations. Because of this, in most states, designers need official training and a license.
  • An interior decorator isn’t involved with the design of the building or the layout of the interior space. He is focused entirely on the furniture, colors, textiles and textures of a room. His job is to capture the personality and style of the residents and express it in their space. A decorator doesn’t need any official training to adopt the title.

I would love to know what you think. Leave your comments below.


Source: Apartment Therapy

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