One of the most common questions we get as an NYC Interior Design Firm is "what is the difference between an interior designer and an interior decorator?" These names may seem interchangeable, but they are in fact completely different jobs. While both roles have to do with interiors, the job functions are very different. Today we wanted to break down the difference between the two so that you can decide which is a better fit for your project. Take a look!
An interior designer studies the needs and behaviors of the client to create the most functional space for the interior of a home, including designing the shapes of the walls and floors. They work directly with the architectural team to develop a floor plan while keeping things like fire safety, accessibility, functionality, and sound control top of mind. Designers work on both commercial and residential projects. An interior designer typically goes to school specifically for design and will be certified with the state. It's important that any interior designer you work with is in fact licensed and registered to ensure they have the knowledge required to safely design your home.
An interior decorator uses fabrics, paints, furniture, and accessories to develop the visual aesthetic of the space. They will measure the space and work with the architect to come up with a design concept. They use elements such as furniture, lighting, accessories, paint, and to bring the vision to life. Interior decorators typically work on residential projects as opposed to commercial. While interior decorators can sometimes also be interior designers, not all interior decorators are interior designers. Interior decorators are not always licensed or have a degree, and may be self taught.
Here at Kati Curtis Design, we take on both of these roles to create a well-rounded experience. Combining our technical knowledge with our unique visual eye makes our interior designs stand out among the rest. If you're ready to hire an experienced interior design team, reach out to us here to get started!