Previously on our blog, we discussed how a great interior designer complements a remodeling project. Today, we will discuss the difference between an interior designer and interior decorator. The reason for this is that these two job titles are often used interchangeably, but they are not actually the same thing. However, when an interior designer and interior decorator work together on your project, you can do things that you never could have imagined with your home!
So what is the difference? Interior designers have formal schooling in order to work on the structural details of your home. Interior decorators can also go to school, but formal schooling is not required. This isn’t to say that one can’t do some of the work that the other can do; for example, many interior designers do decorating, as well. But designers typically work directly with contractors and architects. Decorators usually work directly with the homeowners and design centers.
It is true that many interior designers can also provide decorating help. But also having someone who focuses completely on decorating working on your project can give you an additional perspective in addition to your interior designer. You might also be wondering about the difference between home staging and interior decorating, as many decorators do both. Staging is all about setting up a space to be more attractive to potential home buyers. Decorators are working to personalize the space just for you.
Our design partner, Emily’s Interiors, works with a wide range of interior designers. If you’re having difficulty figuring out the perfect decorating plan, they can help you find someone well versed in interior decorating to help complement your project. You will definitely want to lean on your interior designer’s knowledge of cabinetry and ability to interface and work directly with a remodeler. In the end, you may decide to stick with just one interior designer for the whole project. But if you want to bring in another set of eyes, that’s OK. It’s important to find the right people to bring your remodeling vision to life.