Often times, the professional terms Interior Designer and Interior Decorator are used synonymously, however, they are very different. Let’s begin with Decorator.
What Does An Interior Decorator Do?
An Interior Decorator works at adorning and embellishing a space. They may deal with paints and wall-coverings, and window-treatments. They also may deal with, rugs, furniture, and other textiles and accessories. Formal education is not required for an Interior Decorator.
What Does An Interior Designer Do?
An Interior Designer has a combination of education and experience that prepares them for creating functional spaces. They do everything an Interior Decorator does , but they also need to have an understanding of people’s behaviors within a space. Often times, licensing is required for an Interior Designer to work in particular states.
What Type Of Licensing And Education Are Required?
There are several professional organizations associated with Interior Design. Some examples are ASID or the American Society of Interior Designers, NKBA or the National Kitchen and Bath Associations, and IIDA or the International Interior Design Association. These associations are work to promote Interior Design and educate the profession and those looking to hire professionals.
Interior Designers work to solve problems while adhering to codes to create safe and healthy livable spaces. Interior Designers are required to stay current in their field through Continuing Education Courses (CEUs).
Designers are experts with space planning and may use Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) to create floor plans, elevations, and other drawings to communicate to their clients. They work with architects, contractors and other professionals to create spaces that are functional and beautiful.
According to NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification), Interior Designers may decorate, but Interior Decorators do not design.
As you can see, there is a difference between the two terms and professions. It is important to be aware of these differences when you have a project in mind as you want to make sure that you are hiring someone who can handle all aspects of your project.