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Often when I mention to friends that I work for an Interior Design firm, they respond by asking me which colors or throw pillows our designers like to recommend. While interior designers can certainly choose excellent colors and throw pillows, this response typically reveals an underlying misconception about interior design, namely that interior design and decorating are interchangeable terms. In truth, Interior Design and Decorating are not interchangeable.
So what's the difference? Essentially, Interior Designers can do a lot more than a decorator. For example, interior designers can create and verify official construction documents, ensure spaces are designed according to ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) standards and other regulatory requirements, and apply principles of environmental sustainability during build-outs. Designers must also be licensed and certified according to national certification standards, whereas no comparable certification exists for decorators. However, like a decorator, designers use their creativity to select finishes like wall colors and floor finishes, purchase and arrange furniture, and add finishing touches to client's spaces like artwork.
"Interior designers may decorate,
While Decorating is certainly valuable expertise to have, it cannot replace the broad technical knowledge and methodology that an Interior Designer brings to a project. Besides, hiring an interior designer is a great investment--you get a decorator and a designer all rolled into one! As the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) puts it, "In short, interior designers may decorate, but decorators do not design."
(For more on the difference between interior design and decorating, check out this NCIDQ article.)
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