I am rarely asked, "What's the difference between an interior designer and an interior decorator?" Is that because most actually do know the difference? No, they do not. I do hear people however interchange the two terms all too often, all the time. All the time! Ladies and gents would be smarter shoppers and purchasers if they did understand the difference. The best explanation is pulled from the NCIDQ website.
"Many people use the terms "interior design" and "interior decorating" interchangeably, but these professions differ in critical ways.
Interior design is the art and science of understanding people's behavior to create functional spaces within a building. Decoration is the furnishing or adorning of a space with fashionable or beautiful things. In short, interior designers may decorate, but decorators do not design.
Interior designers apply creative and technical solutions within a structure that are functional, attractive and beneficial to the occupants' quality of life and culture. Designs respond to and coordinate with the building shell and acknowledge the physical location and social context of the project. Designs must adhere to code and regulatory requirements and encourage the principles of environmental sustainability.
The interior design process follows a systematic and coordinated methodology—including research, analysis and integration of knowledge into the creative process—to satisfy the needs and resources of the client.
Many U.S. states and Canadian provinces have passed laws requiring interior designers to be licensed or registered—documenting their formal education and training. By contrast, interior decorators require no formal training or licensure."
Know difference and watch out for the one who has a "knack for decorating". Odds are that's the one using its own personal taste to change your space and not the elements and principles of design and the tenants of environmental and color psychology. Be smart!
Geri loves to consume color through art, architecture, photography, and interior spaces of all built environments. She is a museum enthusiast. Exploring new places, cultures, and restaurants will always be a part of her life. Geri loves the creative process of cooking with natural fresh local ingredients and adores the beauty of colorfully plated food.