Designer Vs. Decorator: The Great Debate

Well folks, it’s time to talk about the tough issues. That’s right…hiring a Designer vs Decorator Yes, there is a difference and it really does matter! Many people use the terms “Interior Designer” and “Interior Decorator” interchangeably, but they differ in critical ways.  The last thing you want is to hire someone claiming to be a […]

Well folks, it’s time to talk about the tough issues. That’s right…hiring a

Designer vs Decorator

Yes, there is a difference and it really does matter! Many people use the terms “Interior Designer” and “Interior Decorator” interchangeably, but they differ in critical ways.  The last thing you want is to hire someone claiming to be a designer only to have their lack of training result in costly changes and unsafe spaces.

Did you know that Interior Design is something you can actually get a degree in?

Designers can also be nationally certified to practice as a Certified Interior Designer, much like architects do. A large goal in the Interior Design community is to educate the public on the importance of hiring a qualified and certified designer.

The National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) explains this important difference beautifully:

“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 client’s needs and resources.”

Vetting out who you hire for your design needs can make all the difference in the end.

  • Buyer Beware and do your research!  Look for professional appellations from accredited associations, ie:  ASID, IIDA, NCIDQ
  • A licensed designer is trained in creating spaces that are not only beautiful, but functional, safe and healthy for all users.
  • Not all states have title laws that prevent the decorator from using the title of Designer.

When you hire Studio Interiors for your design needs, you can rest assured that we are led by an NCIDQ Certified Designer & Professional Member ASID, Crystal Arreola. Her knowledge and skills lead our firm in providing beautiful lasting spaces that work for today and can adapt to tomorrow. Contact us today for help with your next project. www.studiointeriors.org and if you haven’t yet, subscribe to our You Tube channel.