What’s the difference between an interior decorator and an interior designer?

Many people use the terms “interior decorator” and “interior designer” interchangeably, but the two occupations are very different from each other.

An interior decorator will come into an already completed space and make it look aesthetically pleasing. An interior decorator is concerned about furnishing, textiles, colors, and textures within a room or space. Although there are many interior decorator courses and programs available, interior decorators are not required to complete any schooling.

An interior designer does more than help you look at swatches, their job is to make your space not only aesthetically pleasing, but functional as well.

Someone who has studied to become an interior designer will have a large set of skills and technical knowledge that they will bring to each and every job. Interior designers learn how to read blueprints, understand ADA requirements, structural requirements, and building codes. In addition to these areas of knowledge, interior designers will have spend time studying color, textiles and space planning. Will also learn 2d and 3d rendering programs.

An interior designer works with your contractor from the beginning of your project. They can anticipate what your needs will be in the future and incorporate design solutions into the project. For example, an interior designer will consider things such as natural and artificial lighting and how it affects the mood of the room. They will also give input as to where things such as electrical outlets will be placed in order to best suit the needs of their clients.

We hope you have found this informative, come back soon to find out how an interior designer can save you time and money on your next home project.