Are they any different? Undoubtedly, yes.

With no bridges burnt we’d like to clear the air for you. The subject is not interchangeable, an interior designer can be called an Interior decorator but the reverse would not be entirely valid. 

Interior design is not as straightforward as placing a sofa, painting a wall, throwing in a rug or selecting a curtain fabric. There’s a gamut of detailing, studying and learning entailed in this profession. This course has a vast technical side that most overlook or undermine. A generous amount of science and art is involved in understanding the behavioural pattern of an organization, family or an individual to create a functional and aesthetic space. They work closely with an architect and varied contractors to achieve a look and feel desired by the client. 

There is an important spatial aspect to this field starting from site analysis, technical drawings, bill of quantities, estimates, initial floor plans and creating three-dimensional walkthroughs for the same. We have simply scraped the surface on the quantum and scope of work of a designer but there’s more to it. 

A decorator on the other hand may adorn the space whether commercial or residential by decorating it by selecting and suggesting colour palettes, flooring material, artefacts and interior accessories in accordance to a client’s preference and specification. They don’t take up civil alterations, furniture design and other site related agencies. Decorators typically work with existing plans and refurbish it to bring about a breath of fresh air to the space. On a lighter note, the lady of the house can be addressed as a decorator as she takes keen interest and effort in decorating her house to make it appear like a home. 

In most times a bare site is handed over to the designer for them to plan and design that could well tide over a time span of months or more. Designers at university level are taught subjects in detail on design, technical and civil that are a prerequisite and mandatory in order to practice Interior Design professionally. 

We’d like to conclude this topic by stating that both professions have their roots and knowledge confined to design with a plethora of detailing that provides immense satisfaction and pride to the professional as much as it is for the client.

DESIGN being the crucial binding factor between these two professions, most of the times achieve beautiful and inspirational work that influence students to take up this stream of education.

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