Just to clarify

What is Interior Design?

Many new home buyers make the mistake of confusing interior design with interior decoration, but these two disciplines are worlds apart. While it is true that design did naturally evolve from decoration, the technical know-how and skill set required for a designer are far more complex and complicated when compared to simple decoration. For instance, a designer must not only have an impeccable sense of style like a decorator, but he must also have an intimate understanding of architecture as well. Not to mention a degree.

For these reasons, interior designers receive highly competitive salaries that start at around twenty-five thousand pounds with an average salary of about thirty-five thousand pounds. As you might expect, designers rely on experience and reputation and they are often only as good as their last project.

The two most popular kinds of interior design are residential and commercial. Residential design often focuses on bathrooms or kitchens or rooms that are frequently renovated. But simple decoration that includes new drapes or interior wooden Blinds or any number of improvements is also an integral part of interior design.

Commercial interior designers, on the other hand, often focus on office or workspace design, retail design or furniture design. Part of the appeal of this profession is that it offers qualified professionals a multitude of career options. A designer can work in large and growing fields like residential designer, or he can choose to specialize in something like hospitality or healthcare design.

And since many interior designers are also registered architects, they can pull double duty as both the architect and the designer. Though the average designer does work for a company, freelance designers who work on contract jobs are also quite popular and earn comparable salaries.

Interior Designer or Decorator?

Interior design is one of the fastest growing professions in the home improvement industry. Unlike decorators, designers are trained professionals who often have a degree in either design or architecture. They are also often misunderstood. The reason for this is simple: people don’t know the difference between what they do and what a decorator does.

What is the difference? To begin with, a designer must have a licence, which means that he must answer to a licencing board. This simple fact offers security and protection to the client, since he has some legal recourse if the designer makes a major mistake.

And while it is true that designers do focus on some of the same things as decorators, like Jaloezieen window blinds, fabrics and finishes, they must also take account of lighting issues and building codes. In fact, most of the work that a designer does has to do with finding the perfect arrangement based on the architecture of the room and precise measurements, rather than simply prettying it up.

In the end, decorating is a talent or a knack, while design combines talent with technical know-how, education and experience. So, why are decorators still more popular? Well, when homeowners finally find out exactly what it is designers exactly do, they often assume they won’t be interested in small products. This is simply not the case.

Believe it or not, most interior designers work on small residential projects. And while they do charge quite a bit more than decorators, most clients believe that they are worth it. As we said, a designer is a licenced professional like a doctor or lawyer and his technical abilities are far beyond those of a simple decorator.



About hannahruthkellett

I am currently doing my Masters in interior design, this blog is to reflect and inspire my progress through out my time on the course. View all posts by hannahruthkellett

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