People are confused sometimes when I say I am an interior decorator. Then when I explain “a job like interior designer”, they would say “oh, I see.” Actually, decorators and designers have different skills and work on different types of projects.
Interior decorators deal with color, textiles, wall treatments, furniture selection and placement, decor, style and other non-structural elements of design. They typically work with the occupants to create a functional and aesthetic space suited to the client’s lifestyle and taste. Even though decorators may not advise on structural safety issues, their work is obviously comprehensive and requires serious training.
Interior designers may work with architects or engineers to plan structural renovations or to create new buildings. Their skillset is more technical and requires knowledge of and experience with computer-aided design (CAD) programs, drafting, architecture, heating and ventilation, building codes and so on. As a result, it is regulated by the state or province in some areas.
Areas of Overlap
Although interior decorating is different from interior design, the two professions do overlap. Interior designers focus on designing functional spaces, but this often means they work with some aesthetic features within the field of interior decorating. Meanwhile, functionality should always be at the heart of an interior decorator’s work. In addition to improving the look of a room, a successful decorating project should create a functional space in line with the client’s needs.