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  • Writer's pictureJacqueline Steinberg

The Difference Between Interior Designer and Decorator

Updated: Jan 23

What is the difference between an interior designer and a decorator?

It can be confusing whether to hire an "interior designer" or "decorator". While the terms "interior designer" and "decorator" are sometimes used interchangeably, they involve different levels of expertise and responsibilities. Here are the key distinctions between the two:

  1. Education and Training

  2. Scope of Work

  3. Function and Purpose

  4. Regulation and Licensing

SUMMARY: While both interior designers and decorators contribute to creating appealing interiors, interior designers typically have a more extensive skill set, formal education, and are involved in a broader range of tasks, including those related to the structural and architectural aspects of interior spaces. Decorators, on the other hand, focus primarily on enhancing the visual aesthetics of a space through the selection and arrangement of decor elements.

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