The Professional Difference Between “interior designing” and “interior decorating”


Many people use the terms “interior design” and “interior decorating” interchangeably, but these professions differ in critical ways.

Interior design is the art and science of understanding people’s behavior to create functional spaces within a building. Decoration is the furnishing or adorning of a space with fashionable or beautiful things. In short, interior designers may decorate, but decorators do not design.

Interior designers apply creative and technical solutions within a structure that are functional, attractive and beneficial to the occupants’ quality of life and culture. Designs respond to and coordinate with the building shell and acknowledge the physical location and social context of the project. Designs must adhere to code and regulatory requirements and encourage the principles of environmental sustainability.The interior design process follows a systematic and coordinated methodology -- including research, analysis and integration of knowledge into the creative process —to satisfy the client’s needs and resources.

By contrast, interior decorators require no formal training or licensure - The creative process is focused on the aesthetics of a space and not necessarily the functionality.

Learn More at: https://www.cidq.org/ĕnd-ncidq-certiĕ ed-int-designer

They know pressure & focus...

A licensed designer is required to graduate from an accredited university, work under a licensed profession for a minimum of 3,520 hours, and pass a industry standard exam. Once you graduate you have 5 years to complete this process.

They know how to save you time and money...

A large part of the examination process centers around documentation and construction methods. A certified designer understands construction. They have a base knowledge o structure, mechanical, plumbing, electrical, and finishing as well as how to properly communicate with these trades. Someone who understands the limitations of construction understands how to design with those limitations in mind. Proper communication and documentation allows trade professionals to price projects appropriately and complete them in a timely manner.

They are well rounded...

A certified professional understands what questions to ask and how to communicate. Design decisions are based on understanding the way a person utilizes a space. Spacial solutions are affected by lifestyle, a redesigned space should make your life easier. Your average individual does not necessarily see a space in three dimensions when looking at a floor plan or elevation. A certified designer should help you visualize the space in a way that allows you to understand what it will look like post construction.

They can streamline the process...

Altering an interior space is a process. Once you have a project in mind there are a series of steps required to make that project a reality depending on the scale of the project.

Step 1: Come up with a design & generate a plan.
Step 2: Determine the project requirements and parties that need to be involved.
Step 3: Generate a budget and obtain the necessary parties weather it be an architect, engineer, general contractor, etc.
Step 4: Submit for permitting
Step 5: Construction

A certified designer in the state of Florida has the ability to simplify this process if the shell of the building remains intact. As a Florida licensed designer holding the NCIDQ certification the design professional can obtain their own drawing seal. An interior remodel project can be submitted through permitting with a certified designer simplifying the permitting process.