Interior Designer vs Interior Decorator, what’s the difference?

Interior Design is everywhere we look these days, from the thousands of Home magazines available, to the competitive lifestyle TV programs, it’s no wonder people are confused!

The media has done a fantastic job at blurring the difference between design and decoration, not to mention that all these unrealistic design TV shows have a primary focus on residential design, so when I tell people that I am an interior designer, they automatically think I make homes beautiful. I’m not saying I don’t do this, but there is SO much more to it, than deciding which scatter cushions to select!

Let me help clear up the difference for you:

  • Interior decoration is the furnishing and beautifying of a space that already exists.
  • Interior design involves creating these spaces with consideration of human interaction and behaviour.

Interior designers also usually hold a bachelor’s degree or higher and have extensive knowledge of building codes, fire safety regulations and accessibility standards. Product and material knowledge is also crucial in designing a space fit for purpose. Interior designers also have a responsibility for sustainable design practices, ensuring products specified are the best use of Earth’s resources.

I absolutely love what I do as an interior designer. From space planning to problem solving, selections of beautiful products and building of client relationships. Seeing people enjoying the spaces I have designed is a truly rewarding experience and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

So in contrary to what you might read in magazines or watch on TV, interior design is much more than picking paint colours and rearranging furniture!

I hope that gives you a little bit more insight into what I do! You can find a full list of my services here.

If you’re in need of an interior designer, I’m only a phone call or email away.

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