I am often asked what the difference is between an interior designer and an interior decorator.
An interior designer is a professional that requires specific schooling and formal training. Interior design is the art and science of enhancing the function of interiors, sometimes including the exterior, of a space or building, to achieve a healthier and more functional and aesthetically pleasing environment.
A large part of an interior design education focuses on space planning. This process includes an in-depth analysis of how the current space is being used, as well as any functional changes that should be made in a redesign.
Interior decorators don’t need to have any formal training or schooling because their primary focus is on aesthetics.
Decorators don’t generally take part in renovations or structural planning. They come in after and focus on the look of the space. They handle tasks such as selecting colour schemes and buying furniture.