Interior Designer and Interior Decorator. They sound similar, but who should you hire? Is there really a difference? The answer is yes. They perform two separate jobs and are not actually interchangeable.
An Interior Designer is someone who creates functional space in a building. Their designs are based on people's behavior, lifestyle and how the space will be used. They must work within the confines of the building and follow established codes and regulations. All Interior Designers must be licensed and registered.
An Interior Decorator is someone who furnishes a space and is not involved in the design process. They are responsible for selecting things like furniture, art, textiles and accessories, so their job starts after the design has been completed. Interior Decorators do not have to be licensed or registered.
Now that you know the difference between the two, hopefully this will make talking to them much easier and give you a better understanding of their perspective on the space. Plus it will allow you to capitalize on their specific knowledge base so that together you can create the perfect space.
If you had the opportunity to be an Interior Designer or an Interior Decorator, which one would you be and why? We'd love to have you leave your answer in the comments below.