19 August 2022

Most people use the words interior designer and interior decorator interchangeably, but they are definitely not the same. Although they’re closely related, there are very distinct differences between the two. You decorate for holidays or for a new look. Decorators rely on using your current space with only minor modifications. They move around your furniture and arrange your artwork. Designers are more involved with functional changes, such as remodeling, construction, as well as furnishings and aesthetic selections.

DEFINED

Interior design is the process of understanding and creating a functional space from the start, incorporating both the architecture of the room and the decorative details in the design.

Interior decorating occurs after the architectural structure has been created and works with the existing flow of the room.

Photography by Molly Culver Photography  Design by BANDD/DESIGN

DESIGNING

Moving from decorating to designing requires an elevation in the level of involvement and work.  For example, interior design projects could include custom furniture, a brand new kitchen or bathroom. Designing displays form and function to the max.  Your space not only looks different, but it feels and functions differently too.  A great interior designer will transform your home to bring your dreams to fruition.  Interior Designers are the people who most likely went to school and received a bachelor’s degree in Interior Design. They have also put in countless hours of studying the trade and gaining professional experience. Interior Designers are the ones who can help with electrical drawings, have computer-aided design (CAD) training, and can help you determine if you can move that pesky wall or not. 

Photography by Molly Culver Photography  Design by BANDD/DESIGN

THE DECORATOR

Interior Decorators help clients choose a color scheme, style, purchase furniture, and accessorize their space, they’re like personal stylist that help you “pick” pieces. A good decorator is skilled at coming into a room and whipping it into visual shape. For new spaces, they can help clients decide on a style, choose a color scheme, purchase retail furniture, and accessorize. They’re also often brought in to spruce up an existing space that needs to be updated or redone.

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When hiring a professional, begin with clearly understanding your own needs and look for a pro who has a proven reputation for meeting those needs, no matter what the formal job title. Whichever one you choose, you should take care to review their portfolio and speak with a few of their past clients to make sure their aesthetic meshes with your own. 

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