What’s the Difference between Interior Designer and Interior Decorator?
Many use the terms “Interior Designer” and “Interior Decorator” as if they were the same, but there is a difference. Here is a brief overview of what an Interior Designer does and how someone with these skills can help you! There are many things that have to be taken into consideration when buying a home. For instance, who will design it, who can help with renovations, what will it look and feel like when it is done, will it add value to my life, and can I afford it? When making this large of an investment, all of these things are important to consider. An interior designer can help with each of these things and more.
What is Interior Design?
Interior designers wear many hats. While decorating can certainly be one of them, interior design goes beyond selecting beautiful finishes and complimentary paints. It also includes knowing how to read and draft plans, implement building/safety codes, and provide value-engineering to budget-conscious homeowners. All while creating functional, efficient, and accessible spaces. Whether you’re buying a new home or remodeling one room, an interior designer can guide you on what is critical. Therefore, ensuring your investment is worthwhile and enjoyable in the long-term.
What’s the Purpose?
An interior designer is someone you bring into the process, early on. They are not just for the very end when you need help picking paint, color, and tile. A licensed and degreed interior designer is someone that understands human behavior and spatial awareness. Their goal is to create a space that reflects the needs of those who will be interacting with the home or building. In many cases, the interior designer is the underdog of the home building industry. Typically, you have the architect that has grand ideas for the overall structural aesthetic and engineering. Then you have the project manager that makes sure it gets built on time and within budget. Finally, there’s the interior designer who makes sure everything inward is going to have a lasting impact on the well-being and quality of life of those inside.
With all this in mind…
Interior design is more than the adornment of a home, it is an all-encompassing study of the human interaction with the interior world. Having a hand in the communication between the architect, engineer, construction manager, homeowner, and Realtor® is one major asset an interior designer. This way they can provide to add quality and value to the home buying and/or building process.